I have read and re-read this book, it’s insightful, fresh and habit transforming.
-Christa Taylor of Empowered Traditionalist
When I first saw the book Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild, I didn’t think it was my type. The bright red lipstick and the television show references just weren’t me.
But then we started hearing interviews with the author, Mary Kassian, on the radio. My husband and I were both impressed. This lady was articulate—and right-on. Perhaps there was more to the book than its cover!
Inside Girls Gone Wise, Mary Kassian looks closely at the “wild thing” of Proverbs 7, contrasting her teachability, habits, appearance, focus, and more with those of the wisdom found in the rest of Proverbs. Each of the 20 chapters looks in depth at a point of contrast, using real-life illustrations and providing challenges that go straight to the heart of any girl who wants to be wise.
It’s a powerful message, but it’s not a book you sit down and read in one sitting and then put it on the shelf to collect dust. It’s the perfect book to go through with friends or your mom—or for using in your own personal study. And it’s not just for “girls”—the “wild thing” of Proverbs 7 could just as easily be 60 as 16—the biblical truths in Girls Gone Wise apply to all ages. While some of the discussion topics might make it inappropriate for younger girls, Girls Gone Wise is a must-read for every high school or college student.
Each time up Girls Gone Wise, I am convicted and challenged. And too often, I see more similarities in my heart of hearts with the wild thing instead of the wise one. Which leaves me begging for wisdom from the One Who gives it freely—if only I would remember to ask.
The habits of the Girl-Gone-Wise are very different from the Wild thing. Both are busy, but they are busy with different things. The wild Thing is busy indulging herself. She is constantly out and about, looking for a good time. And she neglects things on the home front. The Girl-Gone-Wise attends to her home life. Her habits are self-disciplined, self-sacrificing, and directed by the needs of her household. ‘Her feet stay at home.’
–Girls Gone Wise, page 75
You can get an excellent summary of the book by browsing the resources at the Girls Gone Wise website. I so enjoyed Mary’s video blog series delving into each chapter of the book (her adorable accent makes them especially delightful, even if they are convicting!). Download the chart with all 20 “Points of Contrast”, examine yourself in light of the beauty questions, develop personal hedges, and order the book: it’s the perfect way to prepare for a fresh, God-honoring start in the New Year.
She hits the mark and the heart of the matter while addressing the importance of guarding our hearts, counsel, attitude, habits, and lifestyle choices.
–Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking