Technical Virgin: How Far Is Too Far?   -     By: Hayley DiMarco
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Technical Virgin: How Far Is Too Far?

Baker Books / 2006 / Paperback

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Pledging abstinence until marriage can be dangerous.

Huh?! You read that right! The reality is that while you may have decided to save sex for marriage, you may still be having physical encounters--but not going all the way. But being a "technical virgin" isn't just risky--did you know you could still contract an STD or get pregnant?--it can wreak havoc on your emotions and your spirit. Even innocent playing around, like back rubs or tickle fights, could be setting the stage for something more. Hayley DiMarco explains why.

Technical Virgin also answers questions you might be afraid to ask.

  • Have I gone too far?
  • What is too far?
  • If I've messed up, will God forgive me?
  • What should I do from now on?
Knowing when to draw the line will help save you the pain "everything but sex" can bring. This book can help you start over with a clean slate if you've already "messed up" and keep your purity intact if you're just starting to get physical with guys. Because purity doesn't have room for compromise.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 0800730852
ISBN-13: 9780800730857
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Publisher's Description

Every teenage girl craves male attention. But how does she know when and where to draw the line? What if she's already stepped over that line? And how can she find her way back? In a culture where hookups and friends-with-benefits are commonplace, how far is too far when it comes to the physical? The technical virgin, a term becoming all too familiar with Christian teens, is someone who believes in abstinence but allows loopholes in their physical relationships, thereby compromising true purity. In this new book, Hayley DiMarco takes a look at what purity really is. With her straightforward, in-your-face writing, she shows girls - what they are really saying about themselves through their sexy actions - what happens when purity is reduced to a technicality - what words like abstinence and commitment really mean - what God says on the subject of purity With candid advice, personal insight, and tough truth from God's Word, Hayley DiMarco will help teen girls understand who they are so they can make informed, godly decisions about purity and sex.

Author Bio

Hayley DiMarco writes and creates cutting-edge books that connect with the multitasking mind-set through her company, Hungry Planet. She has written and co-written numerous best-selling books for both teens and adults, including Dateable, Marriable, Sexy Girls, Mean Girls, and Mean Girls All Grown Up. Hayley has also spoken at conferences like Women of Faith. She and her husband, Michael, live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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How do you keep from engaging in sexual immorality? Where exactly is the line that delineates the wrong from the right? And what about those who have already fallen into destructive relationships and behaviors? Can they yet reclaim an element of virginity…technically speaking? These are a few of the questions Hayley DiMarco confronts and tries to respond to in her latest attempt at a purity book, Technical Virgin: How Far is Too Far? However, for the most part, she misses the mark.
Instead of getting to the root of the problem, Technical Virgin provides only obvious, superficial answers. Instead of advising young women to guard their hearts and pursue Christ and offering specific lessons from the Bible, DiMarco merely identifies the consequences of sexual immorality and, of course, where to draw the line.
Though she tries to relate to her teenage audience, her book comes off sounding more like a research project because it is filled with dictionary definitions, sociological and psychological terms, and endless statistics. While she does give solid evidence that non-marital sexual activity has negative results and is not condoned by Scripture, she loses her credibility through sweeping generalizations and statements whose only proof is either her own personal opinion or because “that’s just the way it is.”
The main problem of Technical Virgin can be found in the subtitle. The question “how far is too far?” focuses too much on following a list of do’s and don’ts than on changing the heart. The Bible has much to say about premarital purity, personal discipline, sexual fulfillment, and genuine love. None of those lessons are examined or shared in this book. In trying so hard to speak to younger women on a level DiMarco assumes we are locked in at, she underestimates our desire to learn more about God’s perfect plan for our lives. This book offers some starting points for discussion in regard to this topic, but it does not provide the solid foundation of godly edification we young women of faith are seeking to obtain. – Elizabeth Goldsmith, Christian Book Previews.com

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 16, 2012
    Freetime
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is excellent! This is a great book for all girls to read before they start dating. Great advice!
  2. Age: 35-44
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 21, 2011
    Tracy
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Good book for this generation. The word needs to be heard.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 1, 2008
    Bridget Faison
    It is clear, straight to the point, covers everything under the sky that young women faces when they are ready to start dating.
  4. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    August 5, 2008
    Kelly
    I read Technical Virgin in two days. Hayley really kept me interested and focused on my purity. I guess it wasn't the worse book I've ever read, but i didn't like it, Hayley just bashed guys and sort of scared me into wanting a relationship, because she made guys sound like pigs. all boys aren't after the same things, and just because she messed up doesn't mean she had to write a book on it. i wouldn't recommend it. This was supposed to be a Christian book, and i don't feel like Hayley was very Christian like..
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 3, 2008
    Hollie Mcdowell
    I love this book. It IS written in the language of teens - very easy to read and very much to the point. It is more like reading a magazine than a book. It took me about an hour to read through this book in its entirety. My favorite part of this book is that scripture is interlaced throughout the book. And my favorite, favorite part is the last 15 pages or so titled, "Your SPIRITUAL Entourage: Because God's Got Your Back." It's just a quick list of scriptural references divided into categories such as: Confessing Your Stuff, Failure, Getting Back to God, Strength for Today, Feeling Temptation, Breaking Up, Pre-date Preparation, Friends Making Fun of You, Wanting God's Forgiveness, Forgiving the Guy, Feeling Guilty, and Fighting the Memory.Great book!! Great author!! I also recommend DiMarco's Dateable book series!!
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