What an ironic advertisement! I saw this while walking down 125th Street in Harlem after church a few Sundays ago. The myth of “no fault”, “cheap” or “easy” divorce is being debunked all the time but yet like all myths we still need to believe it in. In our culture everything is cheap and temporary but yet on a soul level breaking up is extremely hard to do. Marriage is more than a social contract but a spiritual binding and there really isn’t an easy way out, though sometimes the breaking has to occur.
During the historic election summer of 2008 God blessed me with a fabulous internship at a leading Christian justice magazine and advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. Many Christian authors send their publications to our magazine for review and in the summer the un-reviewed books are put out for employees to take home. As an admitted book worm and broke intern this made my day! As I was going through the collection of books I saw titles on racial reconciliation, politics, Christian living, etc, when a hot-pink and black book stuck out like a sore thumb-Shannon Ethridge’s The Sexually Confident Wife. Why would someone send this book to a Christian social justice magazine? Is this a Christian book? I thought the book was more suitable for Cosmopolitan or an episode of Sex and the City than a faith and justice magazine. Didn’t Ethridge know we were in an election year? As a single woman I like to read about marriage in preparation for my own. When I got back to my cubical I was curious to see what the book was about because on the back cover I discovered that Ethridge was a co-author of Every Woman’s Battle which is apart of a respected Christian book series on purity; proof that this was indeed a Christian book!