Having three teens in the house is typically met with cringes and worries, thankfully our kids have turned out pretty dang great so far! One has had a girlfriend for quite a while now so I was interested to read Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality. Hal and Melanie Young have many different books with Great Waters Press and they are all helpful!
I just finished this book last night and I think my most favorite parts were the beginning and the end. The first few chapters included so many statistics and information and the very end had a real life example that summarizes the whole book.
The middle of the book is wonderful as well, don’t get me wrong! Those were just my favorite parts..
There are eight chapters in the book. After each chapter is a summary that reinforces what you just read.
The first is an introduction. This is written to the young man that is reading the book. One of the phrases that I loved is perfect for a lot of situations, not just when you are talking about this topic! “…you have to fight the war you have, not the war you want to have.”
But the introduction does a great job of stating what the book is about and where the authors are coming from. They write from a Christian perspective, which is nice. They mention that they have six sons and plenty of experience with family and Bible and combining the two.
Chapter 1 talks about God creating man and woman and how marriage is a special thing. The second chapter talks about the differences between boys and girls, as well as mentioning pregnancy.
Chapter 3 is the ‘bad’ chapter. All of the bad things are here. I don’t mean it is a bad chapter, it just talks about different sins in connection with sexuality. One statistic mentions that over 90% of young men have been exposed to pornography by the age of 18. 90%!!! There was another one that mentioned a 2006 survey that showed that half of the Christian men surveyed were addicted to porn! Goodness…
The next chapter gives ideas on how to fight temptation and the next one talks about what to do if the fight didn’t go as planned..
The chapter before the conclusion talks about being friends with the opposite sex before jumping into dating. I wonder if people do that anymore! I mean, Jeffy and I just went right into dating, but we had no chance of meeting each other before we did to become friends first.
The conclusion is the last chapter that I mentioned at the beginning with the real life example. It is a very short chapter, but it was very full of meaning and I read it a couple times. It was a great ending to the book.
I will have no problem handing this book over to our boys. I like the fact that it is a current book, as it mentions smart phones and the problems with them in regards to porn and such. It isn’t a book written in the 1950s and talking about things that aren’t relevant anymore.
Like I mentioned, Hal & Melanie have written quite a few books. A recent one they have written is No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope. I know quite a few of my friends would be interested in this one! One of my favorites was My Beloved and My Friend which I reviewed a few years ago. Great book about being married to your best friend, which is fitting since it is my anniversary tomorrow. 🙂
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Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality