I can't express how essential this book is for every woman's library. In a world where women have become so desensitized to sin and destructive to themselves and others in their behaivor, this book is straight to the point and very well written! If it were possible to get this book in every woman's hands that walk this Earth myself, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Buy this book- it's phenominal!
I was excited when our girls' youth began a book study, but when they chose this book for the age range of 12-17 year olds, I was disappointed. I think the book itself has a target audience identity crisis. Is it for women or girls? From the first chapter, we learn about all sorts of sexual sins and situations that many young teens might not have even heard of--or want to. This is definitely a pre-read for teens and you'll have to decide if your daughter has had the kind of worldly experiences and exposure to warrant discussion on these topics. In the first chapter, a "girl gone wild" is described with a high school senior giving her virginity away and then the examples go right to grown women having affairs, leaving their husbands, and other adult scenarios that really wouldn't apply to the vast majority of teen girls. The content for women 18+ is great, but I think the title implies that girls should read it--and it's not for *every* girl, IMO. If your teen has to ask what a certain sexual activity referred to in the book IS, then it's not age appropriate for her. No matter which other girls are reading it. Just an FYI to parents who desire to be involved in their kids' book selections!
This book hits important issues from an entirely biblical explanation. I was impressed by the author's ability to present reasons from a spiritual point of view, rather than a set of guidelines based on how Christian girls should behave and be seen by others. Girls Gone Wise is not focused on modifying behaviour for the sake of being a "good" girl, but on understanding how our attitudes, character, appearance demonstrate Christ to others, and a make an unmistakeable statement...sometimes without words.
Girls Gone Wise by Mary A. Kassian is a powerful indictment of the modern woman. Kassian compares the foolish woman and wise woman of Proverbs and contrasts them both to the modern woman. She doesn't pull any punches, and readers will feel deeply convicted. I know as I started reading the book, I initially had a long list of people I wanted to give a copy to, but as I progressed further, I realized that it was me who needed these words of wisdom. Kassian castigates the popular idea of serial monogamy and uses Scripture to support her attack on a lifestyle that God certainly doesn't condone. That's not the only life choice that's under attack, flirting, selfishness, gender role confusion are all discussed. Kassian's words will not earn her the title of Most Popular, but they are true words that must be spoken in a world that continually turns away from God and biblical living. I found myself convicted again and again by my own selfishness. This is not an easy book to read, but I highly recommend it to every woman who wants to strengthen her relationship with God and live a more fulfilling life.