Several weeks ago it was requested of me to review Pulling Back the Shades by Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery. Below is my honest review of the title. There is also a chance to win a copy provided by Moody Publishers! See below for details.
Title: Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman’s Heart
Authors: Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery
I admit, I did not read the Fifty Shades Series. I do not struggle with the pull of erotica. In most ways, this book really does not even apply to me. (The exception is that I’m a biblical counseling student and this book is an excellent resource for future reference.) Of all people, why would I be reviewing this book? Put simply, I believe in the cause.
This book is not just for married women. It is written to all women. We all have longings and this book addresses what some of us do with those longings and the dangers of those actions. This book also addresses the lies that our culture has led us to believe.
This book is not ultimately about the Fifty Shades series or even about erotica. This book is about the spiritual battle for the hearts and souls of women. – Pulling Back the Shades (p. 146)
Those two sentences hit the nail on the head for me as I read through Pulling Back the Shades.
In preparation for writing this response, Juli, with much covering of prayer read Fifty Shades and this is what she had to say about it:
“As mentioned earlier, I read all three of the books in the Fifty Shades series. The explicit scenes bothered me, but what haunted me even more was the seemingly intentional agenda to drag God and His holiness into the sewer. Most people who read these books seem to be so mesmerized by the sexuality that they appear to walk right past what I perceive as an even greater danger and offense: spiritual darkness. (p. 46)”
Although the book itself is a quick read, it is very deep and well-addresses from a biblical standpoint, sexuality and spirituality – you don’t have to choose between them. You were made for both. I found even with such a sensitive topic the book was easy to read, written in a “friends-talk-over-coffee” manner.
I believe that there is a greater attack on marriage and intimacy today than ever before. This truly is a spiritual battle and Pulling Back the Shades is waging war on the Enemy who is doing all he can to break down and distort the image that is a portrayal of the Bride and Christ.
This book is for those who struggle and for those who want to understand the struggle, and for those who want to help those who struggle.
Rise up, women! It is time to take back the true image of marriage, intimacy, and purity that our generation has been robbed of.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV
The publisher has agreed to give away a free copy of Pulling Back the Shades. Enter to win below! The winner will be announced on Monday, March 31st.