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'Pulling Back the Shades' Authors Claim 'Fifty Shades' Series Has 'Satanic Agenda'
'Pulling Back the Shades' Authors Claim 'Fifty Shades' Series Has 'Satanic Agenda' Dr. Juli Slattery, a clinical psychologist who founded Authentic Intimacy, and Dannah Gresh, best-selling author and co-founder of Pure Freedom, spoke about the dangers they believe are inherent in pornographic works like E.L. James'Fifty Shades of Grey, which has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide since its publication in 2011. Barna Group researchers revealed in the results of a survey published last year that "there is no difference between the percentage of Christians who have read Fifty Shades of Grey and the percentage of all Americans who have read the book." Why are women of faith flocking to the series, the stories of which are centered on the explicit and violent sexual relationship of its main characters Anastasia "Ana" Steele and Christian Grey? The popularity of the Fifty Shades series among Christian women has prompted Dannah Gresh, best-selling author and co- founder of Pure Freedom, and Dr. Juli Slattery, a clinical psychologist who leads Authentic Intimacy, to expose what they believe are the dangers of consuming such pornographic material. In an interview with CP about their new book, Pulling Back the Shades: Erotica, Intimacy, and the Longings of a Woman's Heart, Gresh and Slattery also highlight what they believe are "satanic" aspects of E.L. James' erotica series. Gresh, who promotes chastity among young girls through Pure Freedom and heads the "Secret Keeper Girl" tour, said that she found it "sad" that E.L. James' Fifty Shades  series, centered on the violence- and sexually- fueled relationship of the main characters Anastasia "Ana" Steele and Christian Grey, had found a home among Christian women. "I'm sad because the book honors and glorifies bondage, dominance, sadism and masochism [or BDSM sex play]," added Gresh. She believes that Fifty Shades of Grey "and the normalization of erotica that's resulting from it will have the same impact on the Church as the advent of Internet pornography and men using it 20 years ago." Slattery agreed, stating, "You've always had erotica and pornography available, but in the last 25 years we've seen men just by the millions get hooked on Internet pornography, and now this is showing that it's become normal for women to engage in this form of pornography. It's very alarming to just see that there's no discernment and there's not an outcry." Christian women don't have to choose between being sexual and spiritual. They have legitimate longings that the Church has been afraid to talk about, and books like Fifty Shades of Grey exploit. Whether you are single or married, sexually dead or just looking to revive your sex life, Pulling Back the Shades will address your desire to be both sexual AND spiritual. With solid Biblical teaching and transparent stories, trusted authors Dannah Gresh  and Dr. Juli Slattery, offer an unflinching look at the most personal questions women ask. The book offers practical advice for women to address five core longings: to be cherished by a man to be protected by a strong man to rescue a man to be sexually alive to escape reality God designed women with these longings and has a plan to satisfy them. It's time for women to identify their intimate longings and God-honoring ways to fulfill them.
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