Great Waters Press is a “small Christian publishing house that produces works that are good art and have a good message”. Their focus is “making Biblical family life practical through articles, workshops, online classes, character-building gifts”, etc. The company was founded by Hal and Melanie Young in 2009. They are the parents of six sons and two daughters, as well as homeschooling parents, authors, publishers, bloggers, and internationally popular conference speakers.
Recently our family was blessed with an opportunity to review a copy of their book Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality. This book is written to and for boys ages 12 to in their 20s. It’s a 96-page paperback that can be purchased for only $9.75. Hal and Melanie generously sent me the eBook version ($6.50) to get started reading when our physical copy was going to be delayed being sent out to us. The book is also available as an audio book for $16 and as an mp3 download for $12.
The above photo is a screenshot from the Love, Honor, and Virtue PDF. Here you can see what each chapter talks about. There are 8 chapters in total. The chapters are not very long to read and have a summary at the end of each. The book is not fiction so there are no spoilers. They talk very direct, and honestly about sex and topics most would rather avoid, but from a Biblical perspective. The focus is more on Biblical sexuality rather than what the school refers to as “sex education”. You can read the introduction to the book on the website. Now let me tell you a little about the book.
Beginning with the Garden of Eden they discuss how sex and gender are a part of God’s original design. From there they direct us to God being the creator of marriage right there in Genesis. Marriage was created for many reasons including sexual expressions and enjoyment. The point they bring out is that this is not merely sex education but marriage education. They share about the biology of males and females showing the differences in their make-up. Girls are not the only ones who are hormonal. Boys bodies go through things between the ages 12 and 13 that confuses and angers them. So you see they go through hormonal stuff too. They also talk very frank about the dangers of pornography but offer hope for recovery if it’s an area you’ve already stumbled. **Word of Caution** If you were to be listening to this by audio, you really want to be careful not to be in earshot of little children accidentally hearing things that are too mature for their young ears.
I did not read the book, but only flipped through it and got a glimpse of certain topics. My husband wanted to have it to read it along with our 18 year old son. I handed it over to them to read and let them share their thoughts with me. For 2.5 weeks they would sit for nearly an hour a few days out of the week to read through a section. After reading for that day they would have a discussion. They enjoyed the book so much I was surprised they had completely finished it before the full 3rd week. There were even times when I would overhear them casually talking out of the blue about issues. My husband would refer back to something that they had read from the book. My son would ask questions about something he was curious about or didn’t understand and they would discuss it further.
So you see, we are experiencing just as was stated in the book they say that it “can spark a long and productive series of conversations about sexuality, purity, sin”, and so on. That has been what’s going on in our house. My husband said he thinks Hal and Melanie did an extraordinary job of explaining the topics they cover. He said when he grew up he was not taught the truth about the things a young man would go through. He was not properly prepared to handle the pitfalls and temptations that would come his way. Whatever he was told it certainly was not explained to him from a Biblical perspective the way the Hal and Melanie address it in Love, Honor, and Virtue: Gaining or Regaining a Biblical Attitude Toward Sexuality.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review. If you have children in or approaching the tween years (8-14) there is also help from Great Waters Press with their newest title No Longer Little: Parenting Tweens with Grace and Hope. Other Crew members had a chance to review one of these two titles. Click on the banner below to read what they had to say.
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