Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl's Heart: Discovering the Beauty and Freedom of God-Defined SexualityKristen Clark, Bethany BealBaker Books / 2019 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 17 Reviews
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Alex4 Stars Out Of 5A much-needed discussionJune 11, 2019AlexQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl's Heart is a frank discussion on topics such as lust, pornography, and masturbation. A lot of people think women don't struggle with these things. But a truer story may be that women don't talk about their struggles with sex, lust, and masturbation. The authors Beal and Clark talk about their own struggles as well as those of other women to let you know you're not alone.
If the book had ended there it would have been a good read. But it doesn't. It takes us on a journey into the mind of God to remind (or teach) us what purity is all about. It's not about saving yourself for marriage because it's the right thing to do or because your church demands itit's about pursuing a relationship with Christ.
In a world that touts sexual independence, womenand menare taught that it's okay to do what they want with their bodies. We can dress, and give ourselves sexually to anyone we choose. But is that really God's ideal? Not according to Beal and Clark. We were made for yada: the deep, intimate knowledge of someone. It's someone who knows your heart, mind, and soul and still loves you.
This intimacy begins with God and spills outwards to our relationships. Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl's Heart reminds us that sin changed the way men and women relate to each other. In God's perfect world, sex was part of the covenant of marriage and was an intrinsic part of communicating their commitment to each other. Today, sexual brokenness prevails and sex has become just another tool that can be used by the enemy.
But it doesn't have to be that way. Regardless of your past experiences or the role sex has played in your life to this point, you can renew your covenant with God.
Know God-Beal and Clark established that the further we drift from God the more we indulge in sexual sin. The answer, therefore, is to spend time working on our relationship with our Heavenly Father. He will fulfill our desires for intimacy.
Know yourself-Readers are encouraged to discover the true purpose for which sex was designed. In order to do that, we'll have to examine the reasons for indulging in fantasies, erotica, masturbation or porn. As we uncover the desires of our heart, we get a clearer picture of how much we are in need of redemption.
Run your race-As we read the authors struggles with their own sexuality, we are given the courage to own up to our sexual brokenness and seek healing. As we turn to Christ for our sexual identity, we embrace the role He created for us.
I received a copy of this book as a part of the Baker Book Bloggers program. A positive review was not required.
Alli5 Stars Out Of 5It is a much needed book within the church todayJune 2, 2019AlliQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a wonderful resource for teen girls and women of all ages. It tackles the very difficult issue of sex and purity and everything that falls between. In the book you will find the meaning of sex and how God designed it from a biblical stand point. It addresses many of the hush hush topics that the church often doesn't bring up. It tackles many different secret sexual sin struggles that many women and young girls face, and show how to practically deal with them. I would highly recommend this book to all teen girls and women. It is a much needed book within the church today and I truly believe that it can help bring freedom and healing to many.
I received a free copy of Sex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl's Heart from GirlDefined in exchange for my honest review.
Quiet Reader5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent!May 23, 2019Quiet ReaderQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With love, friendship and the ability to know what you're going through, Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal are here to encourage you in your purity walk. They're very relatable, and don't make you feel as if what you've done, the sins you struggle with, are confined to you. They've done it too, and are very transparent as they tell their stories to let you know you're not alone.
This book is for women on all levels of the relationship spectrum, from the forever single, those burned out by relationships, the ladies currently dating, or even those who've been married for years. Because, as the sisters explain, the problems you go through when you're single don't just magically disappear once you're married. It takes God's love and grace to get you through it.
To be honest, I've never really struggled too much with some the topics Bethany and Kristen confront - as Paul would say, I've got other thorns in my life - but their book was really encouraging for me to read. It's for anyone, and I love the candid and fresh way Bethany and Kristen approach the topics of love and sex. The book seemed strengthened as well since the girls are sisters and that seemed to lend it something special. Plus, isn't the cover gorgeous?! I had no idea who the authors were or what the book was about, but when I saw it I wanted to read it.
Bethany and Kristen are two special people who honestly share their heart and love for others in Sex, Purity and the Longings of a Girl's Heart, and I encourage you to check this book out- it's something every woman needs to read.
I received this book from the publisher through Baker Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
JournalOfABibliophileAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Saturated in the gospelMay 18, 2019JournalOfABibliophileAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleSex, Purity, and the Longings of a Girl's Heart: Discovering the Beauty and Freedom of God-Defined Sexuality was written by Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal. I received a free copy from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.
The first chapter had a solid gospel presentation, so I knew this book would be great!
This book talks about how sex has infiltrated every part of our society. From the tv/movies, to the magazines on the grocery store racks, to best selling novels, to billboards. Instead of listening to the world and our sinful hearts when it comes to sexuality, we need to listen to the One who created and designed us.
We were born in a fallen world with a sin nature that impacts every aspect of our life and separates us from a holy and righteous God. When we succumb to sexual sins, our hearts and minds turn away from glorifying and worshiping God, and turn us towards briefly satisfying ourselves. Whenever we give in to sexual sin, we're worshiping ourselves in that brief moment of pleasure instead of God.
We aren't strong enough to conquer sin on our own But because the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the power to fight every sexual sin and struggle, and find freedom in Christ.
The authors talk about how sexual purity should be more about honoring God than avoiding the consequences of sin. Over and over we're reminded that we need to strive to honor God with our hearts, minds, and souls, and chase after glorifying Him with our lives and bodies. This book gives readers encouragement to share their struggles with other women (because we're not alone, and everyone struggles with sexual sins not just men!), and teaches us how to take every thought captive, and find satisfaction in God.
Throughout the book, the authors tie in their personal stories struggling with sexual sins, and share some of their reader's stories to show you that you're not alone, and no sin is too big for God's grace. This book covers reading erotica, same sex attraction, porn, masturbation, lust, sexual abuse, and sex out of wedlock. There aren't any graphic details about what the authors did, if that's something you're afraid of. I didn't find any of the stories triggering at all.
The authors also discuss how sexual identity is a God-assigned reality, marriage is a covenant between a man and a woman, sex was created for intimacy within marriage, and how femininity is a display of God's design for womanhood.
The section on the Hebrew word "yada", which means "to know deeply or intimately", was pretty cool. The word appears in the Old Testament 940 times and is used for God's love, and sexual intimacy. I would have liked to have seen a bit more on how sex represents God's covenant love with us, for those who struggle with sex/think it's dirty and have a hard time grasping how sex can be associated with God's love.
Regardless, I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. It's easy to read, practical, saturated in Scripture, and the gospel is proclaimed in every chapter. It's excellent for both teenagers and women, single or married, virgins or non-virgins. Check it out!
Lauren DuPrez5 Stars Out Of 5The Resource We've Been Waiting ForMay 14, 2019Lauren DuPrezQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Sex, Purity, and the Longings of A Girl's Heart is the third book by sisters Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal of Girl Defined Ministries. I had the privileg of being on the launch team for this book as well as their previous book, Love Defined. This book begins with the premise that we are all sexual sinners before the Lord. The sisters expound on this idea by being transparent and sharing about their own struggles with issues like lust and masturbation. I found this to be a refreshing read in its genre because the sisters aren't making it appear as though they are perfect. It seems that similar books on these topics often come across as self righteous and as such are unappealing. I appreciate too that Bethany and Kristen address the fact that these are not just issues men face. What I really appreciate is that Kristen and Bethany share that sexual sinners have hope because of Jesus. The first few pages of the book explain the Gospel message clearly. The tone Kristen and Bethany use is gentle and gracious and their words are full of encouragement. They don't shy away from the truth of God's word when it comes to these issues but they do handle them in a tactful and helpful manner. If you grew up in the 90s purity culture, as many of us did, you will especially enjoy the chapter titled, Imperfect Purity. In this chapter, Kristen explains how the purity culture is often unbiblical because it encourages Christians to pursue purity for the sake of false piety rather than for God's glory. This was a refreshing perspective to read and I appreciate Kristen and Bethany looking at sex and purity from all the angles. I really enjoyed Sex, Purity, and the Longings of A Girl's Heart and as a mom of two girls, I'm especially grateful for this resource. I'm excited to see how the Lord will use this book and believe that it is an excellent asset to the church. I received Sex, Purity, and the Longings Of A Girl's Heart compliments of Baker Books in exchange for my honest review.