Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Christian Focus ~ A Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Not If, But When  published by Christian Focus Publications  tackles the very difficult subject of pornography. In the Introduction to Parents section at the beginning of the book it states that the book is intended for ages 7-12 years of age. Many parents may say a 7-years-old is far too young to be hearing about such sensitive topics but in today's world children are exposed to so much. The intention of this book is to present the truth of God's Word about sex and pornography before children hear the lies that the world is certain to bombard them with. 

This book has a Girl's Story and a Boy's Story. I am going to share with you about the girl's story. I have 5 daughters.

Sarah comes home from a wonderful day a the waterpark with her friends. She asks her mom if she can talk to her. She is bothered because her friends had been talking about sex. Sarah and her mom begin a discussion about sex and what scripture says about sex.

Sarah says, "Uh...I would mean that we should be careful talking about cute boys? I mean, we could be stirring up desires to soon." Her mom says, "If you talk about sexual desires too often, you might 'awaken love' in a way that's removing it from its proper context." 

Sarah's friend showed her pictures of naked men on her phone. Sarah knew she shouldn't have been looking at them but was caught off guard. She felt like if she didn't look at them that it would put her in a weird position. Her mom talked about how we live in a sinful, fallen world. She explained that what she had been exposed to was Pornography. Sarah's mom tells Sarah, "Pornography steals parts of God's gift and uses it in in appropriate and evil ways...It is using elements of God's gift, but it's twisting them in horrible ways." 

There are very coloring pictures throughout the book. 

It talks about lust and how pornography creates lust in the hearts of the person looking or watching it. Sarah talked about how her other friends were looking at the naked pictures and seemed to be enjoying themselves. Sarah's mom talked about how this was lust.

Sarah summed up all that she and her mom had been talking about and came up with the following:
  • "God created men and women and invented sex as a good thing."
  • "He made us as sexual beings."
  • "We sinned against Him."
  • "Pornography is a result of our sin and it objectifies people and causes use to lust...which is like adultery."
Sarah's mom talks about fleeing sexual immorality. She also talks about marriage and how it is God's context for sex. She then talks about how pornography ruins individuals, marriages, and families but that Jesus offers forgiveness.

Each section has a Main Point, What Did You Learn, and a Read, which is scripture to look up.

I think that the book does a good job at explaining the God given purpose behind sex. The book also gives the true realties behind pornography and how it goes against God's Word and ruins not only the individuals life but those around them. I would recommend this book. Be sure to check out what my fellow Homeschool Review Crew Members had to say about Not If, But When. 

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