When I saw the book 50 Shades of Black and White: a Biblical Perspective to 50 Shades of Gray by Selena Sarns I was immediately drawn to it. Everywhere I go, I see the bestseller book 50 Shades of Grey which is classified as “adult erotica” and sitting in many family homes. When I saw the book at Costco sitting beside a stack of teen Hunger Game Mocking Jay books I was outraged. Mommy porn marketed beside children’s books…where do we finally step up and draw the line?
Just last weekend a 14-year-old friend of my daughter said she read the book 50 Shades of Grey. I was shocked and asked “What did your Mom say about this?” The teenage girl replied, “she doesn’t know what it’s about. She heard of the book, knows it’s popular and doesn’t know what’s inside.” Then the girl went on to say she that she didn’t like the book 50 Shades of Grey and threw it away. When I told her about the book display at Costco she admitted that’s where she bought the book and her mom thought it was a teen book because it was sitting next to Hunger Games Mocking Jay!
While I was on vacation in Hawaii last month, a woman sat beside me and we ate our breakfast beside the hotel pool. She initiated a conversation, we talked about our kids and I learned she was from Canada. Then she changed the conversation and asked me “Have you read 50 Shades of Grey? It’s really good!” It was an awkward moment…do I reply back “As a Christian woman I wouldn’t read erotic books?” I know many Christians who are reading this book…based on endorsements from celebrities, media and friends.
By now you’ve discovered I’m not a fan of the book 50 Shades of Grey and I will not read it. I did however enjoy reading 50 Shades of Black and White: a Biblical Perspective to 50 Shades of Gray by Selena Sarns.
The author discusses sex from a Biblical perspective, not an adult erotic perspective. She writes “Should Christians read books such as 50 Shades of Gray? Maybe they shouldn’t read it and here’s why. 50 Shades is classified in the category, erotica. It means, according to the U.S. Dictionary, literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire.”
The book 50 Shades of Black and White connects scripture verses to God’s intention for sex between a man and woman, within a marriage. It’s worth reading! My only drawback to the book is the lack of editing. There are numerous grammar errors…and the exclamation point is overused. Hopefully as the popularity of this book grows, an updated and edited version will be released with commas in their proper location and fewer exclamation points!
I’d recommend reading the book 50 Shades of Black and White: a Biblical Perspective to 50 Shades of Gray by Selena Sarns as soon as possible. When you are tempted to read the erotic book, you’ll remember the wisdom based on scripture. When a friend, family member or stranger begins a conversation with their experience reading 50 Shades of Grey, you’ll have the wisdom to converse from a Biblical perspective and not judge them for their decision to read the book. It’s a quick read…get a copy today!
Update: Since I wrote my review, the publisher has contacted me to advise that a new edited copy of the book has been published on Amazon, without the grammar errors I mentioned in my initial review.
My Amazon Rating 5/5
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Note: I am unfamiliar with the book author Selena Sarns and when I searched for more information I was unable to find it.
Quote from Sarns, Selena (2012-09-06). 50 Shades of Black and White: A Biblical Response to 50 Shades of Grey (Kindle Locations 201-206). TheBiblePeople.com. Kindle Edition.