While I haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, I have read romance novels and books that fall under the heading of erotica before. Let’s be honest, no matter how I justified my choice to read them… I always felt like I was doing something wrong. Even before I was a Christian, I felt it was wrong.
Women have a longing that isn’t being met, and the Church… well, it’s not talking about it either.
God designed marriage to have a sexual component. Not just a static, let’s procreate, component… but one that embraces intimacy, oneness, and a deep connection. When our marriages don’t fulfill that need… we can look to other places. When we feel less than adequate, we can look to other places.
We fall into a book, like 50 Shades, for a LOT of different reasons. In the end, it causes more harm than good.
The point of the book “Pulling Back the Shades” is not to shame those of us who read, or have read erotica or “harmless” romance novels. But instead to start a conversation about sex, intimacy and those real longings of a woman’s heart.
There have been several survey’s on the topic of the 5o Shades book series.
Do you know the youngest reader to admit to reading the series to NY Times was FOURTEEN YEARS OLD. The authors of the book, found another reader who was only TWELVE YEARS OLD. The youngest reader of EROTICA… was NINE.
Your initial response might be to blame the parents, for letting them read it in the first place. However, many parents are not even aware. Did you know that there book stores that had placed the series in the “Teen /Young Readers” section of their store? Or, that there is no legal age restriction on books, like you find with movies or magazines. Since there are no PICTURES, they are not subject to any restrictions on ages (regardless of how graphic content might be).
And then, they are passing them on to their friends to read. The first book I was ever given, that qualified as erotica, I was a junior in high school. The book was being passed around our group of friends. This isn’t anything new. But instead of it being a little “housewives secret” like it would have been many years ago…. it’s more accepted & growing in acceptance.
So… what about that deal?
If you would like to read Pulling Back the Shades yourself, as apart of your small group, or gift it to a friend(s)
Moody Publishers has given our Book Team a special coupon code that will give you 40% off the purchase price! And there is free shipping when you spend over $25. Just go to http://www.moodypublishers.com/ and enter the coupon code SHADES40
You can read it for FREE… by simply mailing in your copies of 50 Shades for a special TRADE IN program. Upon receipt, they will mail you back a copy of PULLING BACK THE SHADES for FREE. Simply go to http://pullingbacktheshades.com/ and at the top left, you’ll see “TRADE YOUR SHADES”. Click there, and follow the steps.
Uncertain about how you feel? Read the book, and ask yourself again when you are done.