50 Shades of Grey, a Book Review. By Prudence Allworthy, Gary Indiana For publication in the All Saints Newsletter
This book. What can I say about this b50 Shades of Grey, a Book Review. By Prudence Allworthy, Gary Indiana For publication in the All Saints Newsletter
This book. What can I say about this book? It is a world-wide best seller and a sensation for a reason, let me tell you. First, a word of caution; there are some parts of this book that the faint-hearted among you (or the devoutly pious) may find a tad overwhelming. But I am of the firm belief that, viewed in the correct light, this book can serve as a manual for married bliss.
The main character, Christian Grey is a man of integrity, great wealth, and hidden depths sorely in need of the healing touch from a woman distinctly blessed with an understanding of his complicated personality. He finds such a woman in Anastasia, a college student who has been sent to interview him for her school newspaper.
As these two souls become attracted and yearn to cleave unto each other, we are taken along for that journey. I do not want to spoil anything for you ladies, but EL James has written a prescription for Godly submission to our husbands that we would all do well to follow. Truly, the satisfaction of our husband’s physical desire should be our paramount duty in the marriage bed, and this book will give you a road-map to marital bliss as you have never imagined it.
I recommend that all of you read it with great haste, so we can discuss it during the all-church rummage sale on December 18th.
NOTE: I have heard some of the ladies at coffee clatch say that they could never allow a man to kiss them THERE, but I believe if you ignore those parts and concentrate on the other techniques Mrs. James describes you will still have brilliant results at home. After all, 48 shades of Gray is nearly as good as 50. ...more
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