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Grey is My New Red
by Beth Harris
The book wasn't enough, now it is a movie. Fifty Shades of Grey has me seeing RED! When the book first hit the bookstore shelves I had no clue what the subject matter was. Then I was "enlightened."
The chatter began and the buzz grew and so did my curiosity. For years now the only books I've been inclined to read have been political and spiritual leaders' biographies and autobiographies, self-help books and spiritually uplifting devotionals.
I did read "The Help" and all three of Bill O'Reilley's "killing" books. I just don't read many novels these days having consumed so many when I was young(er). The most recent ones have been a couple of Gresham's legal thrillers. So I thought I was ready, entitled, if you will, to indulge in a romance novel after years of abstinence. I downloaded the trial chapters through my Kindle app.
Well, let me tell you Fifty Shades of Grey ain't yo mama's Harlequin novel!
No way could I "get in to" this book. At first you think you're getting a sweet little Ugly Betty story. Then it hits you...this is pornography! Pornographic literature. Really? I knew it existed but I had never seen it in this venue and labeled "romance."
I know, I know -- the critics, and women who love this book, will, and have, argued that point defiantly. They won't win the argument, however. Not in my book. They can't win. In my opinion it is simply trash.
It's not good for the spirit or the marriage. It's not good for young developing minds. It's availability is mind-blowing as well.
Not long after discovering the deviant sexual content, I saw it prominently placed on Target shelves. I stopped my buggy with several items in it in front of that shelf and left the store. It should have been marketed behind counters and through dark websites, then delivered in plain brown wrapping with no logo on the outside.
Target has my medical pharmaceutical profile so I checked to see if one could purchase the book at other pharmacy chains convenient to me and found wherever books are sold it is sold. I hated that it was in my all-time favorite book store as well.
I didn't dare look for it in our public library. I don't even want to know if it is there. I have never been one for book burning. The occasional ban of some in certain places perhaps, but I would burn this one with pleasure...and eat popcorn while watching it go up in flames.
I got over it and just ignored the issue. Eventually the books sold out at Target, new releases took the more prominent spots in book stores and the buzz ceased. It's back! Now with the movie trailer's release I'm seeing red, and Grey, all over again.
Ladies, I beseech you to use caution when choosing reading material. No, I haven't read the entire book and don't plan to ever read it. No, I don't know how it ends. I'm not even sure it has. I've heard there are sequels.
Yes, I have heard, "it can be a lesson for young women to be on their guard." I would argue that I know I don't want to be chained and I didn't need its author to teach me the dangers of falling for psychologically demented sexual deviants. Read/watch the news. It must be downright insulting to women like those held captive in Connecticut and other victims of sex crimes.
If you feed your spirit wickedness that wicked material will spread and your spirit will dampen. It will have as negative an affect on your psychological health and sexual health as does any other pornography. And whether it is a magazine of sexually explicit photographs, hard-core films or shady distorted perversion disguised as a literary work of love and romance, it is damaging to your life, married or not. And for goodness sake...don't let your children see you read it, don't let them gain access to it so they can read it, and please don't store it in the same bookcase as God's Word...the B I B L E!
There are some pretty interesting stories in that book that will teach you some things. Read Song of Solomon.
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