50 Shades of Black and White a Biblical Perspective

By September 11, 2012Book Reviews

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!

I was so shocked when I saw this at Costco, I took a photo!

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.

Author Christine Abraham

Founder and Ministry Director of the Womens Bible Cafe™ since 2009, Christine has led 60+ online Bible Studies for women. She completed a Graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University. She's an inspired writer, Amazon Top Reviewer and Blogger Follow on Facebook

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  • Candra Evans says:

    I just found this book this week on Amazon. I was so excited about it and I can’t wait to read it. I too had no idea what 50 Shades of Grey was about. And you are right. It is everywhere! My heart sunk when I found out. This was clever marketing on their part. I am going to spread the word the best I can about 50 Shades of Black and White!

  • Cindy Wynn says:

    I was totally thrown off guard with the popularity of the supposedly Fifty Shades of Grey / Erotica. As a Christian woman, God holds me to a higher esteem. Speaking only for myself, , I am striving toward the high calling of Jesus Christ! My advice to ladies who choose to read these books is to be careful to guard your hearts and minds, and to choose carefully what goes in them. Looking forward to reading The Fifty Shades of Black and White.

  • Laverne (Missy) says:

    I brought the Christian perspective yesterday after you posted it because the phenomenom of Fifty Shades never appealed to me. However being a reviewer this book had me wondering because it has OVER 12K reviews BUT 5,959 of them range from 1-3 stars and those statistics aren’t so great, that is what appealed to me. I have not read it nor listened to it.

    Its important to me Christine not to cross certain lines because of my love for the Trinity. I will keep my temple as clean as I can, and a place where Jesus can always dwell.

  • Dorci says:

    Thanks for talking about this. I hadn’t heard about 50 Shades of Black and White. I find it disturbing that professed believers in Christ would allow themselves to be lured into what amounts to be neatly packaged smut. Not only is the content a gross distortion of God’s plan for sex inside the context of marriage, but marriage itself was created to be a picture of the marriage between Christ and His Bride, the Church. Every believer should know that and honor that. And when we tolerate something like this in our lives, we give the devil a foothold in our hearts, in our marriages or future marriages and, I believe, in our relationship with Christ. As morals decline in our society, we have to be even more vigilant to never compromise on living a holy and righteous life, the life we were called to in Christ.

    • Christine Smith says:

      This book is very clear about not judging others for reading 50 Shades of Grey. The intent of the author is to inform us, so we can speak in love to others and not condemn them because they read the book. I found it very helpful, though the grammar errors are rampant. You’re right…reading books like this does give the devil a foothold…and also models for our children what lines we’re willing to cross. I’m not willing to cross it.

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