Book Review: What Are You Waiting For?

March 11, 2012

bookWAYWFI first heard about this book when a friend posted a video of an interview with the author, Dannah Gresh, on facebook. I was immediately drawn in by her uncensored yet Biblical approach on sex. I don’t know about you, but I feel like the church tends to just skim over and candy coat this topic by simply saying “Don’t do it till you’re married because the Bible says so.” But why does the Bible say that? Why is waiting so important to God. And what constitutes as sex in God’s opinion? Dannah Gresh breaks down the barriers and gets real about the all of these questions and much, much more.

She begins by examining the original Hebrew word for marital sex – yada. But, it really doesn’t have anything to do with the physical act. The word means “to know, to be known, to be deeply respected”. It's not just used in verses about sexual relations, either. It's the same word used to describe how God knows and loves us.

I don’t know about you, but I found this pretty darn amazing. And enlightening. Dannah writes:
“It’s clear... that yada isn’t about a merely physical act. Rather, yada is a word of intimacy that transcends the physical. It describes the whole knowing of a person. It portrays an uncovering and an embrace of the nakedness of another. There are no secrets and nothing is held back.” (pg. 24)
This is the kind of relationship that God wants us to to have with Him. Like I said, enlightening.

This is just one part of the book. Gresh also tackles tough subjects like causal hookups, homosexuality, porn, and masturbation, presenting both Biblical and scientific truths on the subjects. There are also chapters devoted to questions like “how far is too far?” and “how do I know he’s the one?”. I don’t want to go into too much more detail about the book because I really want YOU to read for it yourself. Even if you’re not a “young” woman or are already married, I still highly recommend this book. It offers such a unique and blunt perspective of sex from a Biblical standpoint. I really wish I had known this stuff when I was growing up, but even learning it now has been beneficial.

Dannah Gresh also co-authored another story I read a while ago, Lies Young Women Believe. Another fantastic read full of things I wish I had learned earlier in life. Here’s a link to her website where you can learn more about her work and the books she’s written.


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