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!
Does this book sound like something you would want to read? Well, I have good news! I have been permission to give away one copy of the book, straight from the publisher! It makes me so excited to give one you guys the opportunity to read this awesome book for free! Since this is my first time hosting a giveaway, I am trying the Rafflecopter widget to see how well it works. It will give you guys multiple ways to enter your name. Then it will chose to winner at random, and I will contact you about getting your address. August 12th will be the last day you can enter. I will work on clarifying details as we go, so if you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks!
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Bethel Grove is a Christian young woman who loves to read and write, eat Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Blizzards, and disciple teen girls as a youth leader. What started as a hobby of writing book reviews and doing deep biblical studies eventually led her down the path of self-publishing and helping other Christian authors launch their books. She hopes to someday be a vocational youth minister and well-known author.
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