Friday, June 21, 2013
Book Review: The Bare Naked Truth
I recently had the opportunity to read Bekah Hamrick Martin's The Bare Naked Truth. This book is geared to teen girls and gives them the low down on sex and waiting. I've read several book on purity and chastity and I'd say this book ranks up there with the solid advice you would find in a book from Jason and Crystalina Evert.
Bekah's writing style is one that will easily win over most teen girls. She meets the reader where they are, lets them know that she gets them and knows what they're up against and then gives them plenty of information to shore them up to guard their hearts and their purity. What's spectacular about this book is she is able to convey this message without sounding preachy or like an out of touch parent. Her tone is one that makes you feel like you're listening to a caring older sister.
She shows girls how current society and the media would have you think that purity is something outdated, but in turn exposes those lies for what they are and in doing so reveals the truth and beauty of God's plan for us.
The book is peppered with humorous stories from Bekah's personal experiences as well as anecdotal stories from many other women who have contributed their stories to this book. The stories beautifully illustrate the points that Bekah is trying to convey to her readers in each chapter.
I like how this book has a series of journal questions at the end of each chapter so readers can take some time to reflect on the chapter and record their thoughts. It's a useful feature that is not only good for a girl who is reading this on her own but would also be good in a discussion group for a youth ministry. In the case of this book, it would have to be a girls' group.
Overall, The Bare Naked Truth is a great book for teen girls to shore them up so they can guard their hearts and their purity and let God's plan for them take wing. The book beautifully presents a truly Christian outlook on chastity. Now recognizing that this is a Christian book and not a Catholic one, I can say that this is one book that I wouldn't have any misgivings handing over to one of my daughters in a few years. I would, however, as a Catholic parent, take a few moments to expound on a few of the chapters and add a bit more of a Catholic perspective.
I was provided with a review copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity, in exchange for my honest review. You can take a peek inside this book at Amazon.