We live in a society full of lies. This world does not value young women, their purity, their innocence, nor the gift they have to give their husbands upon marriage. Girls are pressured to be sexy, sensual, promiscuous, and even voyeuristic. Music today places fulfillment and value solely in relationships with the opposite sex. Television pressures younger and younger girls to have boyfriends and relationship drama not even appropriate for healthy adult relationships. Parent’s raising young girls today find it harder and harder to locate modest clothing, appropriate entertainment and safe places to play. What is a parent to do?
According to http://www.parentstv.org/ptc/facts/mediafacts.asp:
- A study of 1792 adolescents ages 12-17 showed that watching sex on TV influences teens to have sex. Youths who watched more sexual content where more likely to initiate intercourse and progress to more advanced noncoital sexual activities in the year following the beginning of the study. Youths in the 90th percentile of TV sex viewing had a predicted probability of intercourse initiation that was approximately double that of youths in the 10th percentile. Basically, kids with higher exposure to sex on TV were almost twice as likely than kids with lower exposure to initiate sexual intercourse. - Study Conducted by RAND and published in the September 2004 issue of Pediatrics.
- 46% of high school students in the United States have had sexual intercourse. Although sex is common, most sexually active teens wish they had waited longer to have sex, which suggest that sex is occurring before youths are prepared for its consequences.
While it is difficult to educate and protect our daughters from these powerful pop-culture influences it is not impossible. Christian parents can find an ally in best-selling author and speaker Dannah Gresh.
…Her titles include And the Bride Wore White and 2010’s best-selling CBA youth book, Lies Young Women Believe co-authored with Nancy Leigh DeMoss. She says the most important book she has or will ever write is What Are You Waiting For: The One Thing No One Ever Tells You About Sex, which traces the Hebrew language of sexuality from Genesis to Revelation answering every question a heart could ask. She has long been at the forefront of the movement to encourage tweens and teens to be modest and to pursue purity and is the founder of Secret Keeper Girl a live tour event for tween girls and their moms.
One book in particular is a great first step for concerned parents to take/read. “Six Ways to Keep the Little in Your Girl Guiding Your Daughter from Her Tweens to Her Teens” is a delightful and eye opening read for aware parents everywhere. The book, and whole series, is scripturally based and explains the beauty and importance of saving the gift of sex for marriage. Dannah offers specific techniques and strategies to begin helping your daughter make good decisions, value her purity and look forward to the day that she marries the man that her ‘gift’ is intended for.
The 158 page book published by Harvest House Publishers offers prayers to pray for your children, lists great resources to add to your parenting toolbox and even give you activities to help engage your children. Once the book is read, readers have a unique opportunity to join an online community at www.purefreedom.org to begin a dialogue with other parents, register for conventions and events, and even learn more tips to help raise a wholesome, modest, godly daughter!
See what others have to say about Dannah and her work:
"Dannah Gresh's ministry to this generation is strategic. When it comes to our kids being at risk in an environment of no-holds-barred sensuality, we as parents, pastors and educators are in desperate need of help. Both in style and content she is a perfect fit and a capable partner in the cause of purity!"This book earns 5 of 5 stars--great read and great product!!!. Pick it up today!
President, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"Dannah is just such a great communicator. I had the chance to look around at the girls while she was teaching, and their eyes were locked!"
New Hope Church (formerly Crystal E Free)