I bought this book when it first came out, and now I'm 25 and am still loving it! It's written very nicely, it's easy to understand, and it gives the reader some great points as to why you should wait until marriage to have sex ;) I recommend this!
This gift was a book for my niece who like all teens were facing peer pressure, the pressure to do things to fit in all while she experiences insecurities on her looks, intelligence, etc. She loves this book and says it helps her to focus on her and her relationship with God. She was too excited to read it only once a day and zipped through it. However, she continues to read it daily as constant reminders.
As a married woman, I found large tracts of Pure as equally applicable to my own life as to that of a single woman. St. James addresses purity from three angles: Purity of Mind, Purity of Body, and Purity of Spirit. Providing a multi-pronged approach that goes far beyond physical abstinence (though it is addressed), the insights and conclusions that are drawn from both St. James personal experience and scripture are equally relevant to any believer as they are to unmarried young women.Each day opens with a topical heading and a section of scripture to focus in on. The Bible readings are taken from the NIV, NLT and modern Bible paraphrase The Message. St. James then shares from her own experiences during Reflection, digs into the scripture text in Looking Further, and supplies practical actions and prayer points in Living It Out. With each daily reading measuring approximately three pages in length, the result is accessible yet thought provoking, providing enough meat to avoid a devotion-lite aroma.In a culture that champions promiscuity, taking a stand for purity is radically countercultural, and can lead to feelings of isolation. St. James sharing of the heart from her daily life and relationship with the Lord provides a sense of sisterhood and camaraderie. There are others who struggle with determining appropriate behaviour and boundaries, controlling their thought life, waiting patiently, and surrendering all to God - despite the outcome. Whether you or a loved one struggles with commitment to purity or are simply seeking to grow in the faith, St. James comes alongside like an old friend: sharing, encouraging, and ultimately pointing to Jesus as the satisfier of all souls.
Many people think of being pure as an action--something they must do--rather than... something they can be.For time-sensitive people, this is a wonderful devotional tool. Using the book as intended, devotions take less than five minutes a day. Each day is divided into three sections: Reflection, where the topic is introduced; Looking Further, where a deeper study enriches; and Living It Out, where a challenge is given. A myriad of topic include perfectionism, body image, her fifteen years in Christian music, and insecurity.I heartily recommend this to all ages who would like to be pure for Christ in mind, body, and spirit.