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Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  538 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Inundated by popular culture, many women have lost their bearings and no longer trust the internal compass that intuitively affirms those things that are good, true, and noble about womanhood. And as Jesus' favorite and most powerful teaching tactic was the parable, it is appropriate that Mary Kassian walks the reader through the compelling tale of the wild versus wise wom
Paperback, 264 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Moody Publishers (first published March 17th 2010)
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Nov 07, 2015 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Look, there's nothing wrong with contrasting Proverbs 7 and Proverbs 31. But don't turn it into a parade of judgement, condemnation, and blaming women for mistakes that are equally the man's (specifically in regard to sexual sin).

I'm sure Kassian is a great mom and a nice person, but even in just the introduction she comes off as shaming women who wear makeup and like to keep up their appearance. She also shames people who stumble in their Christian walk. She puts all the responsibility for stay
Clockstein Lockstein
May 09, 2010 Clockstein Lockstein rated it really liked it
Girls Gone Wise by Mary A. Kassian is a powerful indictment of the modern woman. Kassian compares the foolish woman and wise woman of Proverbs and contrasts them both to the modern woman. She doesn't pull any punches, and readers will feel deeply convicted. I know as I started reading the book, I initially had a long list of people I wanted to give a copy to, but as I progressed further, I realized that it was me who needed these words of wisdom. Kassian castigates the popular idea of serial mon ...more
Dana M.
Jun 04, 2010 Dana M. rated it really liked it
One of my habits is to listen to the radio in the morning while I am getting ready. My radio is a rather old, battery operated little thing that I keep expecting to just conk out. It is rather temperamental. Sometimes--for a day or a week--it will only pick up one channel.

Sometimes it is NPR. True confession time--I do enjoy listening to some of NPR's programs, however, early morning is not the time for me to listen to NPR. I usually end up starting my day really agitated!

Sometimes the channel o
Jul 01, 2013 Blevins rated it did not like it
I heard about this book on Moody Radio. I really disliked this book. I found most of the points she tried to make contrived...and solely based on her opinion. I did not trust the author as a narrator or guide as I was constantly required to dissect and analyze every assertion made. Many points were not biblical even when she cited verses. When placed in context, she was stretching The Word much farther than it was intended to go. I was frequently reminded of the adage, "Any fool can make the Bib ...more
Kassie Deneui
Aug 28, 2015 Kassie Deneui rated it did not like it
The author of this book takes Scriptures out of context as well as manipulates them to try and support her points. Nothing biblical about that. If Kassian had written this book as simply a compilation of her personal views on femininity based on her interpretation of Proverbs only, I would easier overlook it but she continually sites other Scriptures and either completely misquotes them or takes one singular verse out of its context and twists it to mean what she wants it to. Regardless of your ...more
Heather Denigan
Jul 06, 2013 Heather Denigan rated it liked it
Shelves: gender
I've really only flipped through this book. I was a little disappointed--was hoping for a more timeless aspirational message. E.g.: the title is tied to a specific cultural thingamabob and already sounds dated. And I've always found too much emphasis on clothes, makeup, and flirting frustrating: kind of like, "Look, I'm not really attractive, I'd just look stupid going around in lots of cleavage and flirting--plus I have no guy friends so it's not an issue anyway. Give me more of what to be than ...more
Dec 27, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christian Women and young women
It is very solid and biblically based on God’s Word, which Mary Kassian always does. She articulates very well her subjects and helps us understand how important is to take a look at our lives as women and make sure we are sending out the message we really want to the world. Which is being centered on the gospel, which is centered on Christ and then his call on our lives as his beloved women.

I would recommend this book for young girls 15 and over. This because of certain issues she brings up th
May 13, 2011 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well thought out and presented. Kassian shows how the ancient book of Proverbs still addresses the moral dilemas faced by young (and older) women today. Not stuffy or preachey, she gives real life examples and scripture references to help young women to chose a healthy, godly lifestyle. There was so much to cover that I took a long time to read and digest.

Of course she wants you to buy the book, but the web-site is full of articles and resources for any woman who wants to live like a Girl Gone W
Jul 10, 2012 Veronika rated it really liked it
Recommended to Veronika by: CSU (Christian Sisters United)
This book was really good. There were times when I was confused and there were times when I felt like some of the chapters didn't apply to me....yet; I know that if I mess up or stray in my spiritual walk, I will eventually have an understanding of every topic this book has touched on. I definitely will be referring to this book in the future and visiting the book's website. I loved it! I especially loved all the little stories and personal touches the author added to make her statements more re ...more
Abby Jones
Oct 05, 2015 Abby Jones rated it it was ok
I'm not sure how to rate this book cause I'm not going to finish it at this point. I have so many other theologically rich books that I want to read far more than this "Christian" self help book. I can see many situations where this book could be helpful, but again, before recommending this book to someone I'd point them to more theological books that focus more on Christ. This isn't a bad book, ay least not as far as I got. It's just not what I want to be reading in my personal Bible study time ...more
Charity Mcdonald
A must read for single christian ladies everywhere!!! I love love loved this book and keep copies of it on hand to give away to girls. My parents and my church gave me a fantastic biblical foundation for my life and I thought I had a lot of what I wanted and how I wanted to behave figured out. This book filled in gaps for me that I didn't even know I had! I had so many aha moments reading it. As a christian lady you want to interact with the young men so that you know you can maybe get married s ...more
May 16, 2014 Grace rated it really liked it
It took me a while to finish Girls Gone Wise, not because it was a bad book, but there is so much information packed into this little paperback that it takes a while to digest. I started this book back in June when I was working at a Bible Camp for the summer. Then it went back to my bookshelf for a while in lieu of fiction reads. I'd gotten about halfway through the book, and I knew it was one I wanted to review, so I pulled it out again.

Girls Gone Wise is an insightful, convicting, and straigh
Michelle Rapp
Aug 23, 2012 Michelle Rapp rated it it was amazing
Great book! Fathers and sons should read this book as a help in raising their little girls and finding the their potential spouse. Good reading for Moms and daughters too. Eye-opening and informative! Written for the layman,Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild is an easy read. But don't be fooled! It's not watered down, just straight forward.
Nov 20, 2011 Codi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
This is a life changing book. It opened my eyes to my wild behavior I thought I had tamed and challenged me to cross to the wise side. I encourage every woman to read this book and share it with her sisters in Christ so it's message reaches all generations.
Aug 21, 2014 Britt rated it really liked it
I help lead a high school/ middle school Girl's Bible study group and this book was chosen by the girls to read together. While I, personally thought it was a little old for the 8th graders in our group, I thought it was timely and necessary for the older girls to read. If only I had read a book like this when I was a teenager!

As an adult, 6 years into my own marriage I found this book useful to gauge where I need to work on my own character and enjoyed working through the book with the girls a
Aug 21, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Great outlook on becoming a God-fearing lady in a world full of independent girls. Good book!
Kristen Golson
Jan 18, 2012 Kristen Golson rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Worth reading multiple times and giving to your daughters!
Apr 27, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
Great study for women of all ages, single or married. Exegesis of the woman Solomon warns his son about in Proverbs 7. Takes 20 different aspects of this woman that are gleaned from this passage and compares/contrasts this "wild" woman's actions, attitudes, morals to a woman has a committed relationship with Christ and who uses scripture to understand how to conduct herself.

Examples of topics that focus on our relationships with men...could be as friends, boyfriends, husbands include:
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Jun 11, 2010 Bookworm1858 rated it really liked it
Summary: Examining today's culture, Kassian challenges the prevailing notion of womanhood offering up a Biblical viewpoint and challenging the reader to bring herself more in line with God's Word.

Thoughts: I didn't know anything about this book when I was browsing Netgalley but I thought it could be interesting so I requested it and started reading it. It took me longer than I thought because a. I was reading it on my computer because I don't have an e-reader and b. I also did the interactive wo
Mandy J. Hoffman
Jun 10, 2010 Mandy J. Hoffman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, blog-reviews

Girls Gone Wise is the captivating comparison of a wise girl who has Christ at the center of her heart versus the wild girl of Proverbs 7. This easy-to-read, yet intensely thought-provoking book will have you mulling over life changing Biblical truth as you hold your life up to the light of Scripture.

Mary Kassian addresses the lives of women in the areas of their heart, boundaries, habits, attitudes, body language, speech, appearance, approach, and more. While this book appears to be
Hope Rozenboom
Jul 02, 2011 Hope Rozenboom rated it it was amazing
Kassian starts by showing how the "Girl-Gone-Wild" of today isn't very different from the Adulterous Woman of Proverbs 7. She then goes on to explore 20 points of contrast between her and the "Girl-Gone-Wise" based on the Proverbs 31 woman and other examples of wisdom Proverbs and Scripture. She emphasizes the point that the woman in Proverbs 7 was a religious woman, and the Girl-Gone-Wild could be in your youth group, on the praise team, or even you--because we all have a sin nature that leads ...more
Emily McMath

This is by far one of the best books I've read concerning Biblical womanhood, relationships, marriage, etc. I appreciate that Mary Kassian stuck to the Biblical text so strongly. I would recommend this book to any woman, from the young to the old, married or single. I think we all have something to learn. I'm using this book to lead a middle-school and old-school girls retreat at our church and I can't wait to see how God uses this book in their lives!
May 01, 2014 Nikitah rated it really liked it
Wow. This book is a must have for any Christian teen/woman. At first I wasn't so sure about reading it because I didn't really see myself as a "Wild Thing", but boy was I wrong! It's opened my eyes to see that every woman/girl has a bit of Wild Thing in her- and it isn't good. Thank God that a friend of mine gave me this book to read. She's blessed me more than she will ever know.

Warning: This is not a book for young girls to read by themselves because there is a lot of examples of heart-break
Jan 04, 2016 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book for Christian girls. This helps us see if we are Girl Gone Wild or a Girl Gone Wise. It also shows us how to leave the Gone Wild stage and become a Girl Gone Wise.
May 03, 2014 Amanda rated it liked it
Book didn't really apply to me but the wisdom within has been resourceful in helping others.
Apr 28, 2014 Trisha rated it really liked it
Overall, Kassian's book is an edifying read on walking in wisdom's way and illustrates how all of us are tempted to mirror the foolishness of the world. This would be a helpful resource, with some editing, to use with older daughters in teaching them to be wise women in a world gone wild.
Leigh Ann
Apr 03, 2011 Leigh Ann rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book and think it's one of the best written for Christian women in a long time. I saw the author speak on it, which is what got me reading it. She talks about what the women's Lib. movement has done negatively without throwing the good out, and without coming off as a total prude. She compares what women today tend to be like and compares it to what the Bible calls us to be, without seeming "greater than thou". A lot of good thinking points. I will be teaching this to a g ...more
Jul 31, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing
Wish I could give 6 stars! An amazing read that I'm excited to recommend and lend to all my girlfriends!
Kathryn Judson
May 20, 2013 Kathryn Judson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like how the author manages to be both plain spoken and respectful, offering hope and practical advice to women who have made a mess of their lives, and challenging all women to live more godly lives.

I'll have to reread it, from time to time, I think, because it caught me with some motes in my own eye that I didn't know were there, and it's the sort of book I think will be good for a reality check now and then. The author has been in women's ministry for a while, and brings a wealth of experie
Mar 09, 2011 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Girls and Women 18+
Shelves: favorites
I expected this to be another "hip-Christian" book. I was surprised by Kassian's hard-hitting truth and adherence the the Scriptures. Furthermore, I was impressed by her focus on motives and habits. "Girls Gone Wise" is an exceptional, relevant book for the ladies of today. A must-read for the young women of the current generation!

No matter what your life circumstance in life there is a "wild" bent in every girl. Only God can teach us to faithfully embrace wisdom--His wisdom.

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Mary Kassian is an award winning author, popular speaker, and a distinguished professor of women’s studies at Southern Baptist Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: Girls Gone Wise, In My Father’s House: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined, and the Feminist Mistake.

Mary graduated from the faculty of Rehabilitation Medici
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“Wild” is what we are whenever we disregard God and rely instead on the world’s advice, or on what seems right in our own eyes.” 1 likes
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