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Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free by [Linda Kay Klein]
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"Linda Kay Klein takes us inside religious purity culture as only one who grew up in it can. She shows us how the system of mind-and-body shaming works within a religious movement so culturally and politically influential that it must be understood by us all."
—Gloria Steinem

"Linda Kay Klein’s PURE is an important book for this moment in history, as women come to the collective understanding that the institutions we spend our lives serving are not created to serve us. Women are canaries in religious coal mines—and PURE emboldens us to escape toxic misogyny and experience a fresh breath of freedom."
—Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of LOVE WARRIOR and founder of Together Rising

"Klein’s book will get God up doing a standing ovation in creation for revealing that God’s message is to love all of ourselves—mind, body, and spirit.  This is to embrace the gift of life and to live in freedom with integrity and joy.  Any form of purity that does not celebrate this, does not celebrate God working in our lives."
—Emilie M. Townes, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of Womanist Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Divinity School

"More and more young adults are speaking openly about the harm done to them by churches that treated sex as if it were an illicit drug. When 'Just say no' was their only message, and when the language of purity was their main ethical category, deep and lasting personal damage were inevitable. That's why Linda Kay Klein's new book is so important. It pulls back the covers on 'purity culture' and the harm it has done to a whole generation. An important book from an important new voice."
—Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration

"Linda Kay Klein’s book about the devastating effects of Christianity’s obsession with purity culture is a revelation... Part memoir and part journalism, Pure is a horrendous, granular, relentless, emotionally true account.", The Cut

“A potent account of purity culture that deserves our attention.”, Library Journal, starred review

“A young woman raised as a conservative Evangelical Christian reflects on her community's sexual shaming and the psychological scars that it left… Klein's personal story is fascinating, but it is the larger context that makes the book important… Timely and relevant, particularly in the age of Trump and #MeToo.”, Kirkus Reviews

“Klein explores how purity culture within evangelical Christianity causes girls and young women to feel shame about sex and sexuality… will surely cause debate within evangelical circles.”, Publishers Weekly

"Eye-opening....compelling....For those who seek spiritual community without gender bias, Klein offers empathy and new choices." , BookPage

"Pure is above all for those who came out of the purity movement ---a guidebook for survivors...its final message is healing through the movements that have arisen to combat purity culture."

 , Women's Review of Books --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Linda Kay Klein has spent her career working at the cross section of faith, gender, and social change. A Midwesterner at heart, she now lives in New York City with her family.

--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B075RLVVXW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Atria Books; Reprint edition (4 September 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1860 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 370 pages
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Olivia Jayne Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Linda K. Klein.
Reviewed in Canada on 22 May 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
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5.0 out of 5 stars End the Shame
Reviewed in Canada on 11 June 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars Author blasts "purity" movement, rejects Christianity, and ignores biblical sexual values.
Reviewed in the United States on 12 January 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for church leadership working with teens
Reviewed in the United States on 19 September 2018
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