Most of you are probably familiar with Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, at least to some extent. For those of you who aren’t, Fifty Shades of Grey is an erotic romance novel that features explicit descriptions of bondage, dominance, sadism, and masochism (BDSM).
The Fifty Shades series has had incredible international success, topping the bestseller charts in both the States and UK, becoming one of the fastest selling book series of all time.
I have had several people encourage me to read the Fifty Shades books, I’ve even been asked if I have plans to go see the upcoming movie when it comes out. And my answer has been no.
Why? Because it breaks my heart to see our culture embrace and celebrate the abuse of women. Whether you consider yourself a feminist or not, it is time for us to stand up for the inherent dignity of women, and bring rape culture to an end.
And that is why Helen Thorne’s Purity is Possible is so important. Like it or not, we live in a culture where “mommy porn” is acceptable, where sexting is common among youth, where at least one in five Christian women regularly view pornography.
Purity is Possible is a reminder of how important it is that we guard our hearts (Proverbs 4:23) and thoughts (Philippians 4:8). Because not only does pornography and other erotic materials hurt us, it damages how we view those around us, causing us to view others as objects, rather than human beings created in the image of God.
If you are caught in the trap of pornography or sexual fantasy, there is hope! Not only did David sin by committing adultery with Bathsheba, he also had her husband, Uriah, murdered (2 Samuel 11). Yet because David recognized that his sin was not just against Bathsheba and Uriah, but also against the Lord, and repented, he was forgiven (Psalm 51).
God has called us to a life of holiness (1 Peter 1:15) and freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17). But the Good News is that we are all broken, that is why Christ came (Psalm 147:3, Luke 4:18). Our past does not define us, but rather who we are in Christ, and the work that He is doing in us.
In Matthew 1, we see a short string of women in the genealogy of Christ, each with a past, each in need of a Savior. Tamar, the woman who played a prostitute and became pregnant with her father-in-law (Genesis 38). Rahab, a prostitute from Jericho (Joshua 2). Ruth, a Moabite (Ruth 1-4). Bathsheba, a woman who committed adultery (2 Samuel 11). Mary, a young woman who conceived while a virgin (Matthew 1:18-20).
I believe Purity is Possible is a wonderful resource, both for those who are struggling with pornography or sexual fantasies, and those who simply want to understand better how to come alongside their friends and family who are struggling with these issues, and address them biblically. Filled with Scripture, humility, and kindness, Purity is Possible offers hope and healing, and I would give it an “A”.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of the book free from the publisher through Cross Focused Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 .