Two books by Donna Lee Schillinger that address issues for young adults
On My Own Now
On My Own Now by Donna Lee Schillinger is a book with “Straight talk from the Proverbs for young Christian women who want to remain pure, debt-free and regret-free.”
From learning to accept parents’ instruction with an open mind (Chapter 1), to “Beauty Secrets from the Proverbs” (Chapter 3), to the reminder in the last chapter that in order to “…get wise and stay that way, you have to stay connected to the Scriptures…,” Ms. Schillinger covers multiple subjects using verses from Proverbs. These verses serve as her basis for instruction in daily-living, ending each section with a simple, “Thought to Hold.”
A book that breaks down Proverbs as a guide for the daily living of young Christian women is inarguably worthwhile and an exciting premise, and Ms. Schillinger is sincere in her desire to encourage young women. Overall the tone of the book seems somewhat flippant and superficial, but young Christians or those coming from difficult backgrounds may connect better with the author’s style of writing.
Purity’s Big Payoff/Premarital Sex is a Big Rip-off
Purity’s Big Payoff and the flip-side of the book, Premarital Sex is a Big Rip-off, is a compilation of “True Stories about Love that Waited” and “True Stories about Sex and Regret,” respectively. Whether you struggle with sexual temptation, have fallen into immorality, or are saving yourself for marriage, this book is an interesting and thought-provoking read.
Purity’s Big Payoff gives a glimpse into the lives of individuals who, for various reasons, have made the decision to save intimacy for marriage. However, you also see that for each of them there were unique boundaries regarding how much or how little physical touching they chose to have in their relationships.
Premarital Sex is a Big Rip-off shows the flip-side, where intimacy was not preserved for marriage. Unfortunately, some of these stories begin with a young child’s innocence being taken from them, with results that affect them for life. One thing most of these stories illustrate is the almost insurmountable difficulty each of these people faced in trying to turn their lives around. While all of them have experienced healing, the scars will remain for the rest of their lives.
For anyone struggling with sexual purity or looking for guidance to make right decisions, Donna Lee Schillinger’s Purity’s Big Payoff/Premarital Sex is a Big Rip-off offers a real and honest look at what can be expected from either choice.
- Noelle Wickham