When I was contacted about reviewing this book, I was so excited! Not only because it was the first time outside of my involvement in book launch teams that I was asked to review a book, but because the book sounded awesome from the first time its contents were described to me. I was surprised by how fresh this book’s perspective is, as it challenges the cultural norms in regards to sex and the truths that stand against them. I have read a lot of books and resources on this topic, but this one is unique. I think this has to do with Jennifer’s sincerity, honesty, and the heart she evidently has for girls searching for their identity. I hope that teen girls and women who read this book are encouraged to see sex from a new perspective, and that they are willing to take a stand against the myths and lies that our culture tries to sell us. ~ Bethel
The versions of sex and sexual that our culture tries to sell us are fake. They have become so deeply embedded into the fabric of our society today, it’s hard to see they are there if you’re not looking for them. They claim to be able to fulfill us, give us value, and give us a happily ever after, but instead they leave us empty, unfulfilled, and questioning our value. Many women are caught in vicious cycles of brokenness and shame as a result of buying into these versions of sexuality. They often return to the same source of their brokenness again and again, hoping to find fulfillment, but leaving even more broken and empty than before. It makes us ask the question: how can we identify the lies that our culture tell us about sex, and find the truth to stand up against them?
In the latest book by former model and author Jennifer Strickland, she identifies 21 myths about sex and female sexuality, just as the title would imply. But she doesn’t just break down and debunk these dangerous deceptions, but she also presents the biblical truth to counteract them. Although they have been many book written about this topic from a Christian perspective, this one stand out from the rest. She explains that her premise is to enter these discussions as if she and the reader were talking over coffee at Starbucks, having an honest heart-to-heart between girls. She doesn’t shy away from the difficult parts of sexuality and its consequences, but instead tells you the honest truth, and that’s something so many women, especially teen girls, need to hear. She covers a wide range of topics, such as dealing with guilt over one’s sexual past, abortion, adoption, the spiritual and emotional nature of sexuality, STDs, responding to the LGBT community, singleness, the false expectations of finding and marrying “Prince Charming,” and many more. Jennifer explains that this is the book she needed as teenager, and I believe that many other teen girls need this book as well, especially if they are trying to discern God’s truth over the lies that our culture continues to throw at them.
I would recommend 21 Myths to young women about 15 and older, and also for women desiring to counsel teen girls through any of issues this book addresses. It can be for those that already have a sexual past, or those that don’t but are seeking wisdom on these topics. It can even benefit someone young in their marriage, if they are trying to sort out their understanding of these dangerous deceptions. This book is now available through most many book retailers, so get your copy today!
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I don’t know if I will ever forget meeting Bob Goff in person. I had just finished hearing him speak at Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, IL on December 4th last year. He was engaging speaker in so many ways, but the primary thing I observed from his sermon was that he was a fantastic story teller. Story telling is one of his spiritual gifts, and that is definitely showcased in this book. Although his stories were not necessarily connected, each story illustrated at powerful point and it drew you in what he was saying. It was amusing to see how he laughed at his stories, showing that he was living a joyful life to the fullest. Afterwards, I knew I wanted to meet him and get him to autograph my book. I jumped in line before it got too long and waited my turn. When it was finally my turn, he gave a warm greeting with a big hug, for he hugs everyone he meets. Although I could see that he was a joyful person while he was speaking, when I was standing next to him, his joy was contagious. He had the kind of joy that I’m sure has made other non-believers look at him and say, “I want what he has.” He signed my book, “Dear Bethel, Love God, do stuff. B Goff.” Our meeting was brief, but he left an impression on me that has lasted even since
Although it has taken me until now to read and review his book, the impressions I got from meeting Bob have only gotten stronger after reading his written words. I can now understand why this book has become so influential among so many of my peers. I have noted many people saying this book is a game-changer, and I would agree with that sentiment. If you don’t believe me, then I recommend you check it out for yourself ~ Bethel
Bob Goff’s book, Love Does, is no ordinary book, especially what many would expect of a “Christian book.” Some might consider it his autobiography, because it is full of stories from his life. From these stories, it’s easy to tell that this man has lived no ordinary life. He doesn’t respond to many of the difficulties of life in the same way that most people would. He found joy and resolve in many impossible situations and he never gave up on something that mattered to him. He came to learn many lessons through his own adventures as well as the adventures of other people in his life. Although the stories within each chapter are separate from each other, there is definitely a cohesiveness to the overarching themes of the book. Through it all, you come to the conclusion of the books title: Love Does. The kind of love that Jesus spoke of is one that leads to action, and one that gives us the ability to live our lives in the joy of His Spirit. Goff doesn’t give specific Scripture references and just explain what the Bible says. Instead on just having a Bible study, he encourages a “Bible doing,” learning what the Bible says, figuring out how it applies to your life, and then just doing it without hesitation. The examples he gives of how it has panned out in his own life are inspiring and challenging, but are also amusing and fun. His sincerity and transparency comes through on every page, drawing into the secretly incredibly life that comes with turning love into action. I would summarize the book the way Bob did when he autographed my book: Love God, do stuff.
You will definitely be drawn into this charming book when you take the time to read it and take it to heart. The message in this book is something that every person that wants to live life to the fullest needs to hear. I would recommend it to anyone – young or old, teen or adult, Christian or atheist. This book is available pretty much everywhere, so get your copy today!