“I should have read this book 15 years ago. I should have been able to tell my 23 year old self that God loves you because you are His child.” Read the review
I am honored to have had the opportunity to receive an advanced copy of Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach’s Why I Didn’t Rebel to review. You may have already seen my short video review, but if not, you can find it here.
This review will contain spoilers, you’ve been warned!
For those of you who don’t know, this book is based on a post that was published on Rebecca’s mother’s site, To Love, Honor and Vacuum (which I had the opportunity to guest post on awhile back). The premise is that teenage rebellion is not inevitable, and Rebecca herself is a testament to that.
For the book, Rebecca conducted interviews with other individuals who had various different home and church lives in order to find out what does and does not influence a teenager to rebel.
A big thank you to Enduring All Things for the honest book review of The Scarlet Virgins!
“So much literature that I’ve seen on the topic simply bashes purity culture calling its perpetrators “bigots” and “hypocrites” and “pharisees” and the like.
Don’t get me wrong. Some of them are these things. But I think a lot of parents and spiritual leaders are innocent in their motives and are simply victims of the pendulum swing of culture just as the teens they influence. I really appreciated that Rebecca addressed this in her book.”
I am happy to share with you the latest book review of The Scarlet Virgins from In Our Pond.
“Through her touching book, The Scarlet Virgins, Rebecca chronicles her story of healing and hope, as she sheds the works-based Christianity of her childhood to rediscover grace. Thirty-somethings who has been negatively affected by the Purity Culture will appreciate how the Gospel shines from her writing. Parent, who are trying to work through what you should teach your children, will find lots of Scripture to guide you in Biblical thinking. And church members, you will benefit from this cautionary tale. Buy it, read it, pass it around- everyone needs to read this book.”
“Lemke’s book is one big on grace and forgiveness, and yet there’s no real hostility towards the Purity Culture movement. She understands these people mean well, and she applauds that. One can think of zeal but not in accordance with knowledge.” Book Plunge: The Scarlet Virgins
I am so incredibly happy to have met Joel Horst (the internet is a wonderful thing). This is the first book review of The Scarlet Virgins.
I highly recommend that you check out the rest of Joel’s blog, A Radical for Jesus. He has some great content, especially for those of us working through our childhood or legalism. You can check out his review of The Scarlet Virgins here:
I’m so excited to tell you all that we’ve teamed up with Cassie Celestain. Cassie is a local blogger and now a published author! She mailed us her newly published book to review and we are excited to share our thoughts on it with you. 🙂
You may recognize Cassie’s name because we have previously teamed up for a guest post that I wrote for her site on 6 Things I Learned After Getting Married Young. You can check out that post here and her blog here!
You guys already know I value your readership and respect way more than to try and lie or deceive you, but I still have to say it: I received a free copy of Cassie’s book, Running is Totally For Me, in exchange for this review. I was not compensated monetarily or in any other way apart from the book. All of my opinions are my own and I give them honestly. If you’d like to know more about my policies, please visit my disclosure page here.
Now, with the introductions and disclosures out of the way, let us dig in!
Cassie’s book is called “Running is Totally For Me” and it includes extra goodies like music, activities and printables. 🙂 The book encourages children to find a physical activity that they love. In a world where childhood obesity and disease is not uncommon (I’m sure New Crunchy Dad could tell you plenty about that), this is a wonderful way to promote exercise and health among children without them feeling shame or exclusion.
While reading this book to Bubba (who has a relatively short attention span because he is just under a year old), he was very intrigued and engaged. He usually gets board and tries to turn the pages back and forth while reading books, which is why I have “Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?” memorized and can read it in my sleep. The fact that this book held his attention is impressively in and of itself!
The sentences were the perfect length to keep Bubba’s attention and they had repeat phrases, which he loves. 🙂 He also loved the illustrations and pointed at them with interest as we read the book. I actually found myself loving the story which is basically a young girl trying out different types of exercise and settling on running because it was the right one for her even though her friends liked other things. This resonated with me because I was interested in sports as a child but had various barriers standing in the way of ones I really wanted to do. The book had a great message, which is to try different things but focus your time and energy on something you really enjoy and benefit from, regardless of others.
I initially thought that Running Is Totally For Me might be geared more towards older children (after all, Bubba isn’t walking or running, he’s just doing what we’ve dubbed the “Mogley crawl” with his butt in the air 😉 ), but Bubba likes all types of books so it comes as no surprise that he thoroughly enjoyed this one! 🙂
Here are the things we love about this book:
- Cute illustrations
- Good length
- Repeated phrases
- Great message
Here are the things we didn’t like:
- Durability – Bubba is a baby, and this is a soft cover and paper book so there is the potential (he hasn’t done anything to this book, but “Go Dogs, Go” tells a different tale…) to get overly excited and damage the pages. Nothing a little tape can’t handle though. 😉
Bottom-line: Bubba thinks it is a good book, and tasty too! I think this would be the perfect gift for the child in your life (especially girls since the main character is female). 🙂
A huge thank you to Cassie for allowing us this opportunity to further cultivate Bubba’s love of learning and books and a big congratulations on being a published author! If you’d like to browse her store for the book and some extras to go with it, you can do that by clicking here.
What is your favorite children’s book? 🙂
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