Let’s face it. As women who are willing to do big things, like respect our husbands according to God’s way instead of the world’s way, we are going to face opposition. Sometimes, right in our faces will be screaming opposition that we are doormats, babying our husbands, and not fulfilling any of our own dreams. And sometimes, the opposition will creep in slowly, over time, eroding the ground from where we stand till we’re left on an island and feel alone. But we aren’t alone.
One of the things eroding the ground right out from underneath us is erotica like 50 Shades of Grey. Soft-core “romance novels” have been passing as literature, and harmless at that, for some time, and gradually it has gotten racier and racier until we have this opposition to marriage and intimacy that is just accepted and ok when it’s not in God’s plan.
So that got me thinking – if we want to stand against this as women of faith, we need to know truth to stand against the lies of this world. We need to have more tools in our toolbox to pull from as we encounter more and more hurting women trying to escape in these kinds of books. We need to read, get equipped, and talk to people. It can be scary to put yourself out there, but God may already be nudging at you to say something about this. And saying something is easier with information.
[In case you missed it, in this post, I complained about 50 Shades of Grey and suggested we do a book club on a book that gives us information on why reading it is a bad idea in September (after we get the kiddos back to school…I even have one starting preschool….I’m a mess….moving on….). And then in this post, I listed several other blogs that also are not fans of 50 Shades, because, well, sometimes people just have a way of saying something that sticks to your ribs. Like oatmeal for breakfast.]
Actually I have some good news. Actually two good newses.
One – I’m totally loving the idea of this book club and the community of women to join in. And I don’t know about you but sometimes, when I DESPERATELY need community the most is when one of my kids is sick, or my car is in the shop, or I haven’t showered in 4 days and am covered in spit up, so leaving the house isn’t really an option. Which got me thinking Should we make this book club a “thing” that we do here for community and building into one another? What do you think? How often? I’m definitely thinking Christian books but we could do novels, studies, lifestyle books – you name it! And most importantly, what should we call it? (Answer these questions in the comments, it will give you another entry for announcement two…)
Two – Authentic Intimacy has sponsored a giveaway of TWO copies of the book Pulling Back the Shades and I’m going to give you a bunch of chances to win one of the two copies. Check out all the ways you can enter!
A HUGE thank you to Authentic Intimacy for sponsoring this giveaway, and our first run at Book Club!
So excited to see how God will move in and through this group!!
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