We were recently sent two book from Great Waters Press, and I am so tickled with them! I am writing a separate review for each book, so please be sure to read the review for No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens With Grace and Hope found HERE on the blog. This review will focus on Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality.
Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality
Sigh...this isn't a topic I like because I feel awkward discussing this stuff with him. I'm a girl, he's a boy...it's hard for me to be able to get on his level, ya know? While a married mother or father can use this book, I like to refer to this as my "Birds and Bees Manual for the Single Mom." This gives me courage, and a way to approach the topic in a way that makes sense, but doesn't make either of feel weird.
Love, Honor, and Virtue helps your son understand God's way for sexuality both morally and biologically, and it's written in a way that makes sense for today's youth.
I've always talked to Mr. B about "stuff" on an age appropriate level. I am a FIRM believer that boys are accountable for their OWN actions and thoughts, and we are to raise them as such. If we raise them to respect women, and their bodies, then perhaps there'll be less "Me, too" out in the world. I will NEVER understand why it is disrupting to a male student's education for a girl to have on a spaghetti strapped shirt, but it isn't disruptive to HER education for her to leave class to change. I want to raise my son so that her shoulders are not a disrupting distraction. No is no, and intimate relations are God's plan for a married couple. That's what this book seeks to do. It is teaching boys to be virtuous.
Chapters are divided as follows:
Chapter 1: Sex Was God's Idea
Chapter 2: It's All Connected
Chapter 3: The Enemy Perverts God's Design
Chapter 4: How Can a Young Man Keep His Way Pure
Chapter 5: Recovering From a Fall
Chapter 6: Guys and Girls
I love how this book lays a biblical foundation for all points made, and it makes sense. There's no circular back and forth. Everything is easy to read and easy to understand. It begins by talking about how sex was God's way in the garden, before sin entered the world. Eve was made so that Adam would have a partner and helper, and not be lonely. They were designed for sex as a means to fill the earth by male and female design.
Unlike some things I've read on the subject, this book says it's OK to enjoy, without shame, these temptations when done so under the Bible guidelines of marriage. It even talks about those embarrassing moments of growing up male that I can't bring myself to discuss here haha! In addition to that, it briefly covers what a girl goes through, and the changes that take place in her body, as well. It goes on to reinforce the sinful nature of impurity, and how to overcome the urges presented. All in all, it's very educational, written in a friendly/fun conversational tone, and tries to reduce the amount of shy awkwardness one may feel with the subject at hand.
Overall, I really appreciate the information in both of these books. I like how it's like reading a conversation from a friend, and it's not judgmental at all. They are truly helpful, and I've gained valuable insight from both! Love, Honor, and Virtue is exactly the type of book I've been needing for Mr. B. It's written to the boys, in a fun tone that's non-confrontational and easy to understand. I highly recommend this.
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