Where the Fifty Shades of Grey novel by the British author E.L. James which glorifies BSDM and the young girl versus old man role playying got the of attention by millions of female readers last year, a critical look for the reason for reading and watching books and erotic movies, pornography or practices like prostitution and incest is necessary. In case you’d think that Christians aren’t fantasizing and practicing these, you’ve been living on another planet, didn’t watch the news and need to wake up. Maybe you recognize some or much of it in your own life. Then you may expect a harsh preaching from a well-known Christian writer with a black or white approach, pointing the finger and pulling the trigger. No, Shannon Ethridge, known for her contributions to the Every Women’s Battle takes a different approach. Her thesis: “Fantasies are simply the brain’s way of trying to heal itself from unresolved tragedies and traumas. We mentally compartmentalize our pain to make room for pleasure.” She has lots of statistics and people that came to her for counseling.
Fantasy can be healthy, but also undermine healthful relationships and personal development. Fantasies may harmed your self-image and did serious psychological damage. Don’t let fantasies rule you, let’s take out the sting and bring the sexual oriented fantasies under God’s rule, get healing from the brokenness, loneliness and insecurities.
With an open-mind, free from condemnation Ethridge explores the fascination with pornography, the mental or actual pursuit of multiple partners, the lure of gay and lesbian desires and the fascination with pleasure, pain, And power. It’s has a balanced psychological / theological approach, much like Michael John Cusick – Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle intended for male readers. A book can’t do it all. And so, a 12 steps to recovery and recommended resources for your church / home library are given as well. And if you want to know why and how you should respond to the Fifty Shades of Grey Phenomenon, Shannon shares her thoughts.
About the author
Shannon Ethridge is a best-selling author, international speaker, and certified life coach with a master’s degree in counseling/ human relations from Liberty University. She is the author of nineteen books, including the million-copy best-selling Every Woman’s Battle series, the five-book Completely His series, and The Sexually Confident Wife.
Shannon is a frequent guest on television and radio programs, such as The Today Show, The 700 Club, New Life Live! with Stephen Arterburn, and Life Today with James and Betty Robison. She also mentors aspiring writers and speakers through her B.L.A.S.T. program (Building Leaders, Authors, Speakers, and Teachers). Shannon lives in Tyler, Texas, with her husband, Greg, and their children, Erin and Matthew.