Item description for Eyes Wide Open: Avoiding the Heartbreak of Emotional Promiscuity by Brienne Murk & Gary Chapman...
Overview Teens may not realize how some acts, such as e-mail and instant messages, can entangle their emotions, leading them to give their hearts away long before their bodies. Readers will learn practical steps to live a life of emotional purity.
Publishers Description In our postmodern world, we are so driven by our emotions that in "living for the moment" we've forgotten to guard our most precious treasure--our hearts. Young people may not realize it, but acts that appear innocent--such as e-mail and instant messages--can entangle our emotions and lead the heart to places it should not go. Most people give their hearts away long before they give their bodies away, so it is imperative that young people learn the importance of emotional purity, how to avoid the steps that too often lead to a physical downfall and how to live pure lives. Like talking to a big sister who's gone before them, reading Eyes Wide Open will give young people the necessary keys for making decisions about purity, love and romance. She also shows them how to acquire a thirst for purity as they realize it is not just another rule, but a path that leads to a dimension of deep and fresh living where they can truly thrive.
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Studio: Regal Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.26" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2007
Publisher GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLISHERS #9
ISBN 0830744924 ISBN13 9780830744923
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More About Brienne Murk & Gary Chapman
BRIENNE MURK is a college student in her early twenties. She has been involved full time in the Christian music industry since she was a small child. With her family's group, Myrrh, she travels around the world performing and speaking at churches, camps, conferences, conventions, and crusades. Together with her sister Heather, she has developed a seminar for youth that focuses on living one's faith in everyday life, as well as an Eyes Wide Open seminar based on this book. Her writing and speaking credits include numerous appearances on national and international TV and radio programs, and she has also conceptualized, scripted, and produced a nationally syndicated radio special and a four-part teaching CD series.
Reviews - What do customers think about Eyes Wide Open?
Good book Jul 30, 2008
My daughter and I are reading this book together. The content is very good and relative for teens and even some mature pre-teens. As we finish each chapter we discuss how she can apply to herself and relationships she has. I would definitely recommend this book.
My daughter loves it Dec 11, 2007
My daughter and her friends are using this book as a bible study. They read 2 or 3 chapters and get together every 2 or 3 weeks to talk about it. She has shared much of the book with me and I am very pleased. It has been great.
A must for every teen and young adult Sep 9, 2007
The church has taught the importance of physical purity, abstinence until marriage for generations. This book takes the importance of purity to another level: the heart. The author is a young college student herself, so she writes as one who can relate to the struggles that teens and young adults face, the difficulty in waiting, and the importance of guarding one's heart and mind. I recommend this book for boys and girls as young as thirteen years old, but it's beneficial for everyone, especially singles.
A 5-Star read for teens, young adults and their parents Aug 20, 2007
"Even if we aren't having sex, endless cycles of dating and breaking up are...promiscuous. We are casually and indiscriminately giving away our hearts, one piece at a time."
Author Brienne Murk of the popular music group "Myrrh" has developed a youth seminar based on living one's faith in the real world. She and her sister, Heather, are frequent speakers at camps, conventions, churches, and youth events. Now in her 20s, Brienne relates to the challenges facing today's teens, offering them hope and help.
In Eyes Wide Open, Murk encourages teens to decide in favor of "emotional purity" by setting boundaries and carefully guarding their hearts. An entire chapter is devoted to the dangers of internet chat rooms, IM'ing, e-mail and other ways that a `virtual relationship' can develop. Such settings encourage anonymity, artificial identities and danger.
The book is crammed with real-life examples of emotional entanglements, heartache, and broken relationships that flow from a shallow, unguarded approach to life. Author Murk encourages the reader to set boundaries, put goals in writing, and find mentors who will keep her or him accountable and within the limits.
Filled with scripture references, the book reveals God's good design for human sexuality, and reminds us of Biblical examples of both success and failure, from whom we can learn. Using the tools and concepts expressed in this book, a teen or college student can face the world of dating and relationships with confidence and "eyes wide open."
"True purity is more than sexual abstinence - it's a commitment, a promise, and a choice to guard your heart."
Armchair Interviews says: Well-written, timely, and encouraging.
Protection and Wisdom for Today's Teens Aug 18, 2007
The dangers of MySpace and similar web locations are well known. Such sites are places where people can "pretend" to be someone else - you don't know who you're really talking to. A predator? A criminal?
Author Brienne Murk tells us there's another danger, too. Chatting on-line, sending instant messages, meeting over the internet -- teens and others can get unwisely involved at an emotional level, even if they maintain a distance and live out a decision of sexual purity.
Purity is more than sexual abstinence, Murk argues. Using Scripture and many examples from real life, Brienne Murk (recording artist and member of "Myrrh") shows that purity is not just physical: it is mental, emotional and spiritual too. Teens and college students should be "saving themselves" in ways that are more than just physical.
Well-written, timely, filled with protection and wisdom for today's teens. A great book to read together as a youth group, interacting about the key concepts and ideas here.
Dr. David Frisbie The Center for Marriage & Family Studies Author of Raising Great Kids on Your Own: A Guide and Companion for Every Single Parent