In her book, "What Are You Waiting For?: The One Thing No One Ever Tells You About Sex", author Dannah Gresh handles the topic of sex in a refreshing way, very different from other mainstream sexual purity books written for teens in recent years. Dannah Gresh starts out by laying the groundwork of God's design of man/woman, with a biblical perspective of our sexuality, that leaves the female reader feeling affirmed in how God created her to be. Following that introduction, she starts expanding that biblical view in the context of today's culture. Instead of answering questions specifically with "do's & do not's" (actions), she answers it with thoughts & attitudes (the heart), pointing the reader back to the Bible and the heart of God again and again.
The book tackles topics like masturbation, pornography, lesbianism, how far it too far, etc... with honesty and humility, while quickly taking readers right to the heart of it all: "Is this pleasing to God? Is this in line with God's incredible plan for me to experience intimacy with my future husband?" I just about laughed in the chapter that was titled "Where is the line?" Because she said we're asking the wrong question... by asking that question, we're really asking, "How much can I get away with?" So true, so true. :-) Anyway, the book from the first page to the last page carries the message of a God who intends for an intimate relationship between husband and wife, man and woman being created in His image, for an intimate relationship with Him, and most importantly, that as humans we fall, but He is a God of redemption, Who is calling us back to Him, no matter what our stories in the past might be.
I already know several young women I'd like to pass this book on to. This is a message of hope: hope that sexual activity is worth waiting for, hope for healing from past sexual experiences, and hope for an personal relationship with a God who cares so much for His daughters!
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