Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity
By: Dianna F. Anderson
Expected Publication: February 10th 2015
By: Jericho Books
Dianna Anderson offers a fresh approach to the purity conversation, one that opens a new dialogue with the most influential Christian authors of her generation.
Anderson’s new sexual ethics draw on core biblical principles and set a standard for today’s Christians that may be as influential Joshua Harris’ I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Don Raunikar’s Choosing God’s Best, and Elisabeth Elliot’s Passion and Purity. Anderson uses her own illuminating experience with the purity movement to:
Reach out to women and men trying to reconcile their own sexuality with their understanding of “what God wants,” cultural stigma, and media pressures
Demonstrate how Christian ideas about purity have infiltrated American politics and culture-and why women are losing
Offer an affirmative, healing path for everyone to understand their sexuality: one that reconciles scripture, culture, and common sense
Provocative and engaging, she will revolutionize the way you think about sex, abstinence, politics, and faith.
I was excited to read this book because we see so much right now in the media with either being over-sexed or really sheltered. Some of what we see comes from the Duggar family and their purpose to have rules for courtship and even saving their first kiss for marriage.
While that is beautiful and even wonderful and special, many of us have made mistakes or chosen a different path for our lives and that kind of media attention can make one feel shamed for their sexual experiences outside of marriage.
Damaged Goods allowed me to assess my heart as it stands now and forgive myself for the past and be able to move forward without feeling like I am “damaged goods” the way many would point out. I am simply a human being who made human decisions.
Being able to wipe away the shame and know that I am a Christian and I am not alone are wonderful feelings.
The target audience for this book is hard to figure out. It seems aimed at people my age (late 20’s) but also could be given to a teen or someone coming out of a lengthy marriage etc. I am not sure if that is what the author had hoped to achieve or if it was simply a lack of cohesive writing.
Regardless, I believe that people can only benefit from reading about the different beliefs and experiences about sexuality and I hope a lot of people read this book and feel redeemed by it.
About the Author
Dianna Anderson was born in Sioux Falls, SD, and has lived all over the globe. She has an MA from Baylor University and a BA from the University of Sioux Falls. She currently lives in Sioux Falls, SD, with her cat, Moriarty.