Girls Gone Mild is the title of a new book by Wendy Shalit. I haven’t read this but I wonder if it might be of interest and help to catechists who work with young ladies. Catholic News Service describes the book this way:
WASHINGTON (CNS) – Some girls are choosing to be mild, rejecting the wild. And mild doesn’t mean meek and passive – these girls are standing up to pressures to be promiscuous, rejecting the “Girls Gone Wild” culture, according to an author of a new work that addresses the issue.
If any catechists have read this or plan to read it, keep in touch with your thoughts and reactions.
I read Wendy’s first book “Return to Modesty” years ago and it was one of those books that changes (corrects?) your perspective on things. It was actually an unwitting yet powerful introduction to JPII’s concepts in his Theology of the Body although I’m sure she was never exposed to them. They both acknowledge how we are defined by our bodies and inherent sexuality and failure to integrate ourselves w/ God’s plan and the natural order contribute to many of our social ills.
I am also interested in Dawn Eden’s new book “The Thrill of the Chaste”. Has anyone read it and care to comment? These seem to be must reads for junior high catechists who wish to enter “through their door in order to bring them closer to Jesus (I stole that).
Brad, thanks for the excellent insights and for mentioning a couple of other books of interest to catechists of junior high students. I look forward to hearing from readers of those books!