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Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart Paperback – March 1, 2014
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Dannah and Juli pull back the shades to shine some light on how erotic literature exploits the deep spiritual and sexual longings of a woman’s heart. With the Bible as a mooring, they help us address these longings in healthy and holy ways. If you’ve read erotica, have been tempted to read it, or are even mildly curious about it, you MUST read this book!
—Mary Kassian, author, Girls Gone Wise
Dannah and Juli have created a beautiful guide book for real intimacy that satisfies our deepest longings. They debunk the lies we naively trade for the Truth. Open the pages of this book to discover the satisfaction you deeply long for.
—Jill Savage, Founder and CEO of Hearts at Home, author of nine books including No More Perfect Moms
Sexual pleasure is not about self-gratification, and it is more than mutual gratification. Single or married, we are called to be spiritually, relationally, and sexually mature, for the glory of God! Whether man or woman, our sinful natures can easily lead us into the false intimacy of BDSM. Pulling Back the Shades exposes the myths of Fifty Shades of Grey. This book will lead many who have fallen into the darkness, back into a passion for God’s glory with both a strong mature spiritual and sexual desire.
—Harry W. Schaumburg, Founder of Stone Gate Resources, author of False Intimacy and Undefiled
Do you long to be a spiritually satisfied woman? Do you long to be a sexually satisfied woman? Pulling Back the Shades will take you to new places in spiritual and sexual freedom (and it's not to a Red Room of Pain!).
—Linda Dillow, speaker and bestselling author of Calm My Anxious Heart and What's It Like to Be Married to Me?
You may be surprised that this is a gracious, sensitive, encouraging, and direct (but not embarrassing) book. Dannah and Juli have tackled a tough topic but do so in a compassionate manner, examining the consequences of a trend that may seem new but was just as much of a challenge to first-century Christians as it is today. The temptation is timeless, but so is the solution. Single women, teens, wives, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters . . . this one's for you.
—Carolyn McCulley, author of The Measure of Success, Radical Womanhood, Did I Kiss Marriage Goodbye?
Our culture is changing and the blurry lines of what is "right" and “wrong” are confusing to many. It is time for Christian women to take a stand for what is true, right, and holy. Dannah and Juli challenge us
all to lead lives that are above reproach without a hint of sexual immorality. This book is a call to influence, with biblical guidelines, our culture by living lives as wise, godly, and pure women.
—Beth Luebe, The Collegiate Navigators
From the Back Cover
You don’t have to choose between being sexual or spiritual
Spiritual women have legitimate desires that are seldom addressed—and books like Fifty Shades of Grey are designed to exploit! Yet, spirituality and sexuality were never meant to be mutually exclusive. Now, with solid biblical teaching and transparent stories, trusted authors Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery offer an unflinching look at the most personal questions women ask. Whether you are single or married, reading erotica or Jane Austen, Pulling Back the Shades will address your desire to be both sexual and spiritual.
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This is a book that Christian women absolutely must read if they are at all intrigued by, interested in, or if they have read "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James. If you are wondering what all of the buzz is about, read this. If you are a Christian woman who is considering going to see the movie, read this first. Even if you are not a "committed" Christian right now, but just someone who wants to have a healthy sexuality and is open to what the long-term consequences of such a choice are, read this book. It is vital. It is THAT important.
1 out of 5 readers of "Fifty Shades of Grey" are Christian women. Dr. Oz is touting the book and movie as healthy for marital intimacy. Many psychotherapists recommend it. A hotel has replaced the Bible in their rooms with "Fifty Shades of Grey" because they feel it is more helpful and appropriate. Who do you listen to in order to define your sexuality? If you are a Christian, and you let anyone other than God define heathy sexuality for you, you will be let down later. This book is so helpful because it explains WHY--without shaming--without shaming anyone's past or present choices--and by sharing how important and exciting healthy desires--like that for sex--are given by God to bless us. It is never dry, but entertaining, relevant, and very explicit--however, we need that! I don't know of any other book that spot-on addresses our sexual needs in the world we live in--so different from that of even several years ago. It's a short, fun, blessed, awakening read and one that--honestly--should not be missed by any Christian woman.
I think that one of the best things about the book is that it delves deeply into sexual issues all of us have, shying away from nothing, yet bringing NO SHAME into the discussion. Each chapter has thought-provoking questions at the end. The book is filled with resources if the reader wants to go further in their journey, including web sites, groups, Bible studies, etc. It is published by Moody Publishers and is theologically sound Biblical teaching. Progressive Christians should still read it even though they are more liberal--they have no desire to be in any kind of unhealthy or personally destructive situations--they will just disagree with some of the more conservative parts but the read will still be worth it.
It is my opinion that on Valentine's Day when the movie based on 50 Shades comes out, our society is going to have a defining moment, one in which the sexuality highlighted in the movie becomes mainstream and enjoyed openly by many. It is my belief that our culture will recommend it highly and cottage industries and large businesses will spring up to accommodate this lifestyle, resulting in devastating consequences for marriages and for women as individuals--fostering new addictions and bondages (no pun intended). If you are a Christian woman, this need not be your path...it is a deception for all, and a false path to fulfillment that will be fleeting and ruinous--I know that sounds strong and weird--but I am telling you--it is also honest. I have never been so strident nor exhortative before in a review, but this movie premiere is a defining moment for us as a culture in general and for Christian women in particular.
I am someone who read about 5/6 of 50 Shades before I was triggered by some situations involving strong verbal abuse. I thought it wasn't worth it for me, but I certainly saw no harm in it for me personally--I have been exposed to lots of things and this was just one more--no big deal. Reading this book has changed my mind...on so many things. It has awakened me to just how subtly our culture--especially media--can influence us.
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However, even if this is true for you as well, please check out Juli's ministry Authentic Intimacy. There is bound to be a blog or podcast that will speak to you on issues more pertinent to your life.
Bravo. Thank you sisters.