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Juli’s Turn

Dr. Juli Slattery is a widely known clinical psychologist, author, speaker and broadcast media professional. I’ve been impressed with her commitment to Scripture and her burden to minister to women from all walks of life. She and her husband Mike have been married for 18 years and are raising their three boys in Colorado Springs. Juli has shared her heart with us here on the blog before.

Juli served as the co-host of the Focus on the Family daily broadcast from 2010-2012. She then sensed the Lord calling her to leave her position at Focus to co-found Authentic Intimacy. Authentic Intimacy is a non-profit organization designed to minister to women on all topics related to intimacy in marriage and intimacy with God.

Here’s Juli ~

I, Juli, am a clinical psychologist and the cofounder of a ministry that focuses on intimacy for women. The Fifty Shades phenomenon had my attention right away. Frankly, I thought it was a passing fad. I never dreamed it would catch fire as it has.

I began to write and do interviews about the book series and stated that I would not be reading them. Some women responded with comments like, “How can you know they are bad if you don’t read them? It’s really a love story!”

When I sensed the Lord prompting me and Dannah to write this book, I realized I would have to read Fifty Shades. I was very reluctant. My husband, Mike, and I have worked hard over the years to develop a fulfilling and pure sex life. I didn’t want to take the risk of reading something that might taint what we had fought to secure. So with lots of prayer cover, I began to read the books, asking God to give me His wisdom to discern truth.

These books are not black and white. Woven throughout their countless and graphic sexual encounters, Christian and Ana are seeking love. One might even argue that they end up healing each other in this strange, fictional world. Even though I read the books in a spirit of prayer—literally on my knees—I got pulled into the story. My body even got pulled in.

There were times while reading the series that I was appalled by the graphic and twisted sexual scenes—but I was also aroused. These books are powerful and had a significant impact on me. I find it difficult to believe women who say, “I read all three books. They didn’t really affect me.”

I want to say, “Then why did you read all three? Something kept your attention!”

On March 1st, we released, Pulling Back the Shades. You might consider this a double play on words. Not only do we want to pull back the shades of Grey for you to see God’s truth about what it and other books like it can do in your life, but we also want to pull back the shades on your own sex life. This book is not meant to be merely a reaction to Fifty Shades of Grey.

Ultimately it is about YOU—your longings, your questions, and your wholeness as a spiritual and sexual woman. We hope to offer you something you deeply need.

Today we’re offering you the opportunity to win your own free copy of the book.

Leave a comment below letting us know that you’ve shared this link on your Facebook page or Twitter account and you’ll be entered into the drawing for a free copy.

Even if you’ve left a comment on a previous day, to be entered in the drawing—we need you to post a comment below!

We’ll be drawing one winner per day all week, so if you’re not chosen by midnight tonight (Check the blog in the morning!), then leave a new comment tomorrow and you’ll be entered again!

Adapted from Dannah’s 2.05.14 post at Pure Freedom

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