"For the modern Christian woman living in today's sexually charged society, embracing God's design for sex and purity can often feel like an impossible pursuit. As the culture seeks to normalize things such as pornography, erotica, and casual sex, both single and married women of all ages feel immense pressure to conform. With alluring temptations constantly inviting them to join in, they might even begin to question whether God's design is truly good. They wrestle with questions like
- What is the purpose of my sexuality?
- What does it mean to pursue purity?
- Are my sexual longings good or bad?
In this encouraging book, Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal share honestly about their own struggles and victories, and invite women on a personal journey to discover and reclaim a biblical vision for their sexuality. Kristen and Bethany help women understand why God's design for sexuality is good, relevant, and leads to true hope and lasting freedom."
- A Good Read for Women Young & Old
As an avid Girl Defined ministries fan, I highly admire and respect Kristen and Bethany! These women have spoken truth in practical ways for me for nearly 3-4 years now! This book was another way I could see practical and bigger-picture ideas about why we abstain from sexual immorality, how our sexual actions affects others, and how sex displays the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As a Christian, it’s important to know what one believes for any topic because it reminds us to not listen to culture blindly but to evaluate, and, most importantly, to see what God’s Word says about the things in life.
“Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl’s Heart” is a book for women, young or old, who desire to know a Biblical viewpoint on sexuality. It is for women who want deeper answers to:
- Why we should not have sex before marriage
- How marriage and sex within marriage paints a picture of the Gospel
- Why we should not read erotica, watch porn, or masturbate
To conclude this review, I wanted to insert two of my favorite quotes from the book:
- “We begin to realize that our sexuality enables us to better understand the depths of Christ’s love” (p. 100)
- “Our purity according to Scripture is determined by the blood of Jesus Christ, not by our sexual choices” (p. 108).
- “If our minds dwell on lustful thoughts, it will only fuel lustful affections….The more we fuel our minds with pure thoughts, the more our affections will desire godly things” (p. 131).
- “Porn Degrades God’s Image Bearers:
o “…behind the faces and bodies of those on screen are real people created in God’s image…Regardless of who you’re watching, each one of those people has an eternal soul and carries immense worth because of their Creator. By indulging in their nakedness, we’re not showing value or love for them as God’s image bearers. We’re not treating them with the dignity and respect Christ calls us to…” (pgs. 144-145).
**I am thankful to have been given a chance to read this book for free by taking part of the book launch team in exchange for helping promote this book and, most importantly, in giving my honest review.**