Friday, January 11, 2013

Review for "The Fantasy Fallacy" by Shannon Ethridge

I have enjoyed Shannon Ethridge's refreshing honesty and direct handling of tough topics for women in the Every Woman's Battle series, and she delivers great writing and counsel in this book as well! The Fantasy Fallacy is a response, in part, to the bestselling book "Fifty Shades of Grey." Ethridge takes this opportunity of the exposed erotica in a woman's mind to explore where these thoughts arise from and how a Christian woman can allow the Holy Spirit to guide her through them. True to her compassionate style, Ethridge is honest but never judgmental. Christian women likely have no place they feel comfortable asking questions about sexual thoughts and fantasies, so to read her sensible, God-honoring advice is even comforting. Some of the topics covered by the book are retraining our mental focus, the fascination with pornography, multiple partners, gay and lesbian desires, BDSM (bondage, domination, and sadomasochism. There is no prescription in the book as to how to behave. Rather, Ethridge encourages the reader to look deeper into the sexual desires in order to understand the root causes and needs, then allow God to meet those needs and help us along a more healthy path. I believe every woman deals at some level with sexual fantasies. Whether the reader is simply curious, knows someone dealing with sexual issues, or is herself involved some of the sexual fantasies described, this book will be informative, sensitive, and helpful. 4.5 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of the book for purposes of review from BookSneeze (Thomas Nelson Publishers) and am not required to give a positive review.