As an undergraduate student, one of my favorite research topics is the intertwining of faith and medieval Christianity's views on the human body and sexuality in medieval literature. However, it appears that in today's world, we seem not to have moved very far from the harmful, medieval view of human sexuality that denies sex as a gift from God. In Dannah Gresh's book What Are You Waiting For? The One Thing No One Ever Tells You About Sex, she explores what it means to have a healthy, fulfilling sexuality that mimics the Triune God.
Though sporting the typical "wait for marriage!" call, Gresh goes deeper to explain why Christ desires that his followers stay sexually pure outside of marital relationships. Drawing upon the Hebrew word yada (meaning to be deeply known and respected) throughout the book, Gresh weaves a text which explains that married sexual relationships are not about physical contact, but about knowing another person deeply, just as Christ knows the church. For example, Gresh writes that the word yada appears in Psalm 46:10 (Be still and know that I am God), and also another time in Genesis 4:1 (Adam lay [yada] with his wife). Though not these verses are not the only appearances of the word, Gresh uses these verses to explain that God created sex as a good thing for married couples.
Also tackling tough issues such as sexual pasts and the problem of pornography in today's society, What Are You Waiting For? is an easy, yet engaging read for any young woman seeking sexual purity in a world gone wild with promiscuity. Though the book does not promise marriage for every reader, it encourages that all readers, regardless of age or marital status seek sexual purity for the sake of the Kingdom of God.
PS- The good people at Multnomah's Blogging for Books program provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
In What are you Waiting for? Dannah Gresh gets down to brass tacks about how our culture has made a deprave thing out of something God designed to be beautiful. She discusses the hottest topics of most teens in the 21st century, masturbation, lesbianism, and how far is too far. This book is a wonderful insight into God's love for us, and His divine plan for the marriage bed. I highly recommend that if you have a teenage daughter, you run out right now and not only buy What are you Waiting for? but also And the Bride Wore White.
First, I chose this book to review because there were still almost 60 copies available. Not the most popular book on the review list. Why not read it and write a review? It's just about sex and the one thing nobody ever told me about it. But really, it was way more than that! I love the opening paragraph, "This book is not for spiritual monks. If you spend more of your time at church getting to know God's word than out in the world living it, you probably won't like this book. It's raw and real. If you can't handle words like masturbation, orgasm, and porn, you should just put it down now."
According to some reviews I read after ordering the book, this is for young, single, Christian women. I'm none of those except the Christian. I've been married for almost 10 years now with 3 children, so of course we've did the deed. This book still taught me some things about what the bible says about sex, love, and relationships.
All I have to say is "yada, yada, yada." No, not just chatter talk because I don't know what to say. In the bible it tells us "Adam lay with his wife Eve and she became pregnant (4:1). Hebrew word for sex in this verse is yada. The definition of the Hebrew word is "to know, to be known, to be deeply respected." How many of you know this involves more than just the physical intimacy with another person?
This book gets a little more in depth, but is filled with too much info to put in one review. I really recommend this book to any young woman. The author did a lot of research and biblical studies for this book. She explains so many scriptures and what God really wants for us where marriage and sex is concerned. My friend keeps bugging me to borrow the book, so it's her turn to get informed. She will find out the one thing no one ever told her about sex!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. This is only my opinion and nobody else.
what are you waiting for? The One Thing No One Ever Tells You About Sex is a book we have been waiting for about a topic that has not been tackled clearly enough, sex. Author Dannah Gresh in researching this topic has uncovered some fascinating things about God's purpose for the union that takes place between man and woman.
The book is a combination of many things. First, the author has researched many words found in the original Biblical text and found that they don't mean exactly what the average person thinks they do. Second, Gresh shares from personal experience her own challenges surrounding this topic within her life and marriage. Finally, Gresh shares council on how to follow God's plan for this sexual union in order to have the healthiest experience a married couple can have.
The author also tackles many tough subjects in this book. It makes me blush a little to even rewrite some of the chapter titles, but here goes! Chapter titles include but are not limited to: "not all sex is the same," "the lesbian question," "our porn problem," and "the line." All of the chapters were very informative and a super teaching and ministry tool. The one thing in the book I didn't completely understand was the prayer for breaking soul ties. That is something I will have to further research for myself.
I learned while reading this book! I love it when I find something that teaches me and makes me better. This book gave me a better understanding of God's purpose(s) for sex. The author tackles some tough topics and answers them with the upmost respect for the reader with a heart of love. I was very impressed by her tact and ability to share what God's word says, in a non-confrontational manner, with the intent of bringing a hurting person to the light of God's truth.
I recommend this book for anyone who would like to know more about what God's Word really says about the subject. It needs to be talked about because God created it and He said that everything He created is GOOD. If you have made mistakes in the past this book can put you on the road to overcoming them. I also think this book would be a helpful tool for parents of tweens and teens. Youth and college age ministry leaders would benefit from reading this book as well.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of their blogging program in exchange for a book review. I was not required to give a favorable review. The opinions expressed are my own.
I recently had the opportunity to read What Are You Waiting For? by Dannah Gresh through a service called "Blogging For Books" from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing.
This is a book about sex.
As a single someone almost 30 years old, I was just curious to see what would be said. I have read LOTS about sex and relationships and marriage, both Christian and secular- and admittedly, I am not shocked or surprised by much any more.
This was a very good, VERY informational book, don't get me wrong. This woman is obviously anointed and had a good word and had touched the lives of many, many young men and women through her story and service.
Honestly though, it just didn't ring my bells. I'm starting to think that maybe I'm just too much older than the intended audience and maybe it would have meant more if I was 18 or in college and hadn't already read a bunch of "sex" type books. Everything she said was good and true, but it was all pretty much stuff everyone knows- sex before marriage is a bad idea, masturbation is a bad idea, having to tell your future spouse you messed up before you met them is really hard so you'd really rather not have to do it, etc..... I knew all this.
That said, again, I want to say it IS a great book and I think every young girl should have it to read. Especially, if this will be the one of the first books like it they've read. I'm jaded from past experience but really don't let that keep you from getting this book, because its great. She has a way of just telling the truth in a way thats you get, thats easy to understand and doesn't go over your head. That's important to me.