Why Juli Couldn’t Resist Reading “Fifty Shades of Grey”

Dr. Juli Slattery admits that she had to read Fifty Shades. Want to know why?

Juli 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 and I was blessed to spend an afternoon recording some programs with her recently.

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 on why she had to read Fifty Shades:

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 (2014), 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.


Thanks, Juli, we look forward to hearing more from you tomorrow!

Go to this website to read (or listen online) to chapter one of Pulling Back the Shades.

Have you read Fifty Shades?

Do you plan to see the movie?

Adapted from Dannah’s 2.05.14 post at Pure Freedom

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  • Carrie

    God is so good to masterfully orchestrate and lead our True Woman group at church through 3 studies that have prepared us for “Pulling Back the Shades”. I have only read a couple of chapters but would like to do this as a Bible Study in a very small group setting – because it’s such a personal discussion. I would love to do this sometime next year (after my next round of Fierce Women – haha!). Did u get to see the webinar last night? I may do the online study group next month to prepare. THIS BOOK IS RELEVANT!

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Hello, Carrie ~

    Yes, it is relevant for sure. I heard the webinar, they did a great job! So glad you’re pouring good resources into women. Thankful for your commitment to the Word!

    Blessings, friend ~