Monday, October 29, 2012

The Fantasy Fallacy by Shannon Ethridge

In the craze of Fifty Shades of Grey we get a book detailing how people's fantasies stem from mom & dad issues.

Okay, so it's a little more complicated than that but most of the issues covered in this book come back to childhood experiences and how the brain is trying to protect you from pain.

Ethridge has plenty of education in this topic. She has a Masters from Liberty University in Counseling/Human Relations. She uses this book to help us understand the underlying root of these fantasies and how we can bring them under God's rule.

Ethridge unpacks topics that include:
distorted fascination with porn, the mental pursuit of multiple partners, the lure of gay and lesbian desires and the BDSM craze.

There are nine chapters that cover much more than those topics and they all include sections after each chapter that brings us into a little more detail from a counseling point of view.

Ethridge talks about things that many Christians are too embarrassed to talk about. She does it in a way that is nonjudgmental and that seeks to get to the root or childhood experience and then offers advice as to how best to gain control of the mental images.

Some Fundamentalist may criticize her apparent "acceptance" of certain practices and fantasies but this book isn't written as a do/don't so much as it's a book to help us understand and take steps that expose the deeper meaning behind the thoughts.

She is not afraid to talk about pretty much anything in regards to sexual thoughts. This is a very upfront and honest book for those asking questions about this bondage/domination fad.

It may work as a group reading possibility; maybe even as a small group book for a church. I see this book being the commonplace Christian "reaction" resource to anything that gains a following. (Think Matrix, Harry Potter, Star Wars)

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Thomas Nelson Publishing.

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