What Are You Waiting For? (Review)

What are you Waiting for  What Are You Waiting For?: The One Thing No One Ever Tells You About Sex by Dannah Gresh is a refreshing book.  I picked up the book as a youth pastor looking for a resource for leaders and others who are working with our young women. As a dad of a young daughter I was also looking for insight for the path ahead.  Dannah addresses  many of the taboo topics about sex that simply aren’t addressed in church and she does an outstanding job providing grace and guidance along the way.

Dannah takes the reader on a journey through the scriptures to get a biblical perspective on purity. Along the way she shares her own struggles, thoughts, and misgivings that provide a clear and relevant picture of how to apply the scripture and live humbly in light of God’s word.  She engages her readers well with the tension of where scripture meets life and has several real life examples and stories to share.

This book has been a handy resource and tends to be one of the most loaned out books I have in my personal library. I highly recommend it to Youth leaders, mothers of teenage daughters, college students, and women mentors, etc.

One note of caution. Be careful where you read this book. I was reading it on the treadmill at the gym and a very nice woman (a few decades my elder) asked me what I was reading. The resulting conversation was interesting to say the least.

Over all I thought this was a great book. The author has a brilliant writing style that at times is very poetic. I purchased my copy from amazon.com who has it on sale right now for $8.35 in paperback.

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True Love Waits

I had the opportunity to speak to a local Christian club on the topic of “True Love Waits” and thought it would be great to share my observations here (seeing as parents, student pastors, and even occasionally students stop by here from time to time).

Warning: This content is mature in nature. Parents this may be a good guideline for you to have “The Talk” with your kids.  If they are in upper middle school they probably have heard a lot about sex and it doesn’t hurt to have a Biblical perspective.

You can get a PDF copy of my notes by clicking the following link:  True Love Waits.

A few other places that might be helpful:

9 Reflections on Disciple Now (Part 2)

3. Our teenagers glorified God by serving others with the work projects this weekend (They painted a house, built a ramp, hosted a backyard bible club, and took cookies to the home bound).

4. Our teenagers were given at least one more point of contact with our church family (they stayed in the home of church members and the relationships at Calvary were deepened and  developed as students and adults interacted)

5. Our Teenagers were given a positive aim for their life and real reason to remain pure (to glorify God in manhood and womanhood!)  Too often the loftiest aim we give our kids is to stay out of trouble… ie… “true love waits” and we fail to provide a positive challenge to our kids to raise the standard.