When I was a little girl in Sunday school I was taught the song “Be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little eyes what you see, for the Father up above is looking down in love, oh be careful little eyes what you see.”
One of the most popular books (70 million copies sold and a recent film by the same name) in recent years is the erotic novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The story of Christian and Anastasia is a pornographic and degrading film that delves into the world of BDSM – Bondage, Dominance, Sadism, and Masochism. BDSM was once stigmatized as dark and uncommon and it is rapidly becoming normalized, applauded, and coming to a friend near you. 70 million women have read the book including many Christian women.
That’s why whether you are single or married you need to read, “Pulling Back the Shades” by Dannah Gresh, Founder of Pure Freedom and Dr. Juli Slattery, a clinical psychologist. It is revealing, intelligently written, and timely. Their advice is that women don’t have to read the book but they do need to understand what BDSM and erotic books are doing to your mind and how it is affecting our culture and world.
Women are reading erotic books and lots of them are spiritual women.
Erotica inspires only one thing – the desire for more. But instead of satisfying our longings our desires are awakened, manipulated, and deepened so that each time we delve into it we want more, causing us to never be satisfied. Our boyfriends and husbands can never measure up to what we create in our heads. Erotica is based on fantasies that can never be fulfilled. “Normal sex in your marriage – the kind that requires communication, sometimes involves frustration, and doesn’t always end in rapturous orgasm – will now be disappointing,” says Gresh.
As women of influence and women who have legitimate desires, God calls us to be able to speak intelligently and graciously. “Pulling Back the Shades” unflinchingly reveals women’s legitimate desires and confronts the most personal of questions that they ask about our present sexual culture.
“This book is not meant to be merely a reaction to the Fifty Shades of Grey Series. Ultimately it’s about YOU – your longings, your questions, and your wholeness as a spiritual and sexual woman. We hope to offer you something you deeply need. Fifty Shades has changed the sexual landscape for many women, we pray that this book (Pulling Back the Shades) is a game changer – bringing hope and healing through the power of God’s truth,” says Gresh and Salattery.
God tells us that our body (including our mind) is a temple. I Cor. 6:19 says, “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.” What kind of temple are you building, maintaining, and wanting others to see – God’s or the Angel of Lies?
“Oh be careful little eyes what you see.”
Matt. 6:22-23 – “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light.”