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Leave Room for the Holy Spirit

Love, Dating, and Marriage
Eager
1987

Submitter: While some of the info may still be useful, like the difference between true love and infatuation, many of its assertions are probably too old fashioned for Canadian teens today.  The book asserts that Satan loves to mess up the lives of young Christians by marrying them to the wrong people. He  makes Christians sexually attracted to non-Christians, causing them to go on dates, but of course a Christian can never be happily married to a non-Christian as it is against God’s will. The book is also very big on the “just say no” idea and how sex is only for marriage.  There are lots of passages about how if a girl loses her virginity before marriage, she will end up unhappy,  ashamed, and will ultimately marry the wrong person. As such, the book offers tips on how to keep oneself pure.  Aside from the obviously dated cover, I think this book is long past the point of usefulness, as society’s views on women, marriage, and sex have changed considerably.  I can’t see the teens in my community finding this book particularly relevant or useful for anything other than a good laugh. Looking through it, this book even seems dated for 1987…  On a side note, it was a bit of a surprise to find a book on love and marriage written in 1987 in our teen collection, especially since our teen collection was only established in 2007. I did not work here back then, but I can’t imagine how this book made it past several departments to be transferred from one collection to another.

Holly: There will always be an audience for books with this message in public libraries, but Christians want up-to-date books too! Even if the doctrine hasn’t changed, the books in your community library should reflect…well, your community. 1987 was a lovely year for Christianity, I’m sure, but 2016 is not bad either. This particular copy looks like it could use some Goo-Gone to the cover, too. It’s all sticky.

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Clearer Skin with God

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Peterson
1982

Just in the nick of time! You can be in heaven with clearer skin and knowledge that all other religions are crap compared to Christianity. Between this book and the author’s other masterpiece of cool awesomeness, I am quite sure the streets will be filled with clear-skinned youth looking and feeling awesome.

To me, a cover does count, especially with youth-oriented materials. To be honest, I doubt this generated much coolness even in 1982. Wait! I think I hear the sound of a collective eye roll and groan from every teen that is browsing the religion section.

Mary

 

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How To Be A Good Church Lady

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Bockelman
1956

When I picked this up, I thought sure this was a career book about being a stewardess, like on an airplane. Nope, this is all about stewardship in church. This book is geared to the ladies that feel they have too much on their plate to be an adequate church volunteer/steward. Fair enough. How does one balance the needs of family vs. church duties?

This book is surprising in many ways. Unlike many of the Christian oriented materials we have featured here, this book is actually promoting choice in your activities and how you manage your home and children.

Bockelman felt that a woman that gives until she is resentful isn’t doing justice to her calling. She notes that there are many paths for women and not all are about marriage and children. She also admonishes the reader in judging others choices. I think the author is forward thinking and this rings more true than the “newer” books telling women to shut up and do what they are told.

Mary

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