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Girls Gone Wise Intro: A Tale of a Girl Gone Wild

Mary Kassian

Mary Kassian | 05.18.10
Twitter: @MaryKassian

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Welcome to the first Girls Gone Wise Video Book Blog! Some of you may be wondering, “What’s a book blog?” Quite simply, it’s a BLOG about a BOOK that allows you to read and study the book together with other women in our internet community.

Twice a week for the next several weeks, I’ll post blogs with short videos (5 to 7 minutes in length) in which I’ll talk about my book, Girls Gone Wise, chapter by chapter. To fully participate in the book blog, you will want to get a copy of Girls Gone Wise so you can read along.

After each post, it will be your turn to read the chapter, answer the chapter questions, post your comments, and interact with others. The videos and posts will remain online and accessible, so if you get a late start, or need to go at a slower pace, you won’t miss out. You can join in at anytime.

Girls Gone Wise examines the story of a typical “Wild Thing” as recorded in the Bible, in Proverbs chapter seven. For the purpose of the narrative, the author depicts her as a young, married woman--but she could be any woman. The point of the story isn't her age or marital status. It's about the "wild" characteristics she displays. In this introductory session, I point out that the Girl-Gone-Wild could be the girl next door, your best friend, or the lady sitting next to you at church . . . she may even be you!

 

 

 


Now it’s your turn:
1.    Read the Introduction of Girls Gone Wise, entitled “Wild Thing” (Pages 1-20)
2.    Download and complete the Chapter Questions for Personal Reflection.
3.    Post your comments below.

 

•    What’s your definition of a Girl Gone Wild?
•    Do you think that women nowadays are wilder than they used to be?
•    Do you see any evidence of “wildness” in your own life?
•    What is required of us in order to withstand the pull to be wild?

 

Click here to read Blog Book 1: Have You Been Swept Off Your Feet?

Topics: Womanhood

Comments

  1. I am very excited about this study. My two daughters, one in NYC and another in Orlando, are joining me with this online study. Hope other mother daughters can join in as well.
    True Woman
    posted by Rhetta
    on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 12:22 pm
  2. That's awesome! It's a great study to do with your high school and college aged daughters!
    posted by Mary
    on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm
  3. Some brief thoughts on the questions listed above, specifically 2 and 4:

    I do think women are wilder today because it is much more "culturally acceptable" to be immoral according to the Bible's standards. There doesn't seem to be the shame and stigma associated with behaviors that were previously labeled as unacceptable. In fact, the opposite has occured. Because of this culture acceptance, more women that may have previously refrained for some behaviors, have joined in because the culture (even of many churches) allows for this.

    It seems that the pure are mocked and the rebellious are praised. So to answer question #4, we need now, more than ever, to be saturated in the truth and be seeking to follow the "ancient paths". Diligence, perseverance and boldness in absolute truth need to define our families and our churches.

    Thank you Mary Kassian, ROH and True Woman for empowering women in this area.
    posted by Jodi
    on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 4:21 pm
  4. That's awesome! It's a great study to do with your high school and college aged daughters!
    posted by Mary
    on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 5:24 pm
  5. Great idea! Who doesn't want to be a wise girl? Or woman?
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    posted by Jackie M. Johnson
    on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm
  6. That's awesome! It's a great study to do with your high school and college aged daughters!
    posted by Mary
    on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm
  7. I really appreciate this opportunity to study what the word teaches about the wild and wise woman. I think like many women if we are honest we know we have wild aspects to our character that need addressing. I foolishly started reading the book thinking i knew what they were but... The Holy Spirit has really been opening my eyes to what He wants to work on not my agenda which is good!!! I think one way in which we can guage how wild women have become is to look at our daughters. I can't believe what they are having to contend with at so young. My girls are 7 and 5 and already I am seeing "wild" stuff in their friends lives and it having an influence on them. Thank you Mary for making this study so accessible, as a member of a tiny church in the UK I can go days without seeing other believers. Having resources like this online really helps sustain me where I am and encourages me to "keep keeping on!"
    posted by Joanne
    on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 5:35 am
  8. Greetings, Mary.

    Thank you for your labor and burden for us women in Christ! This study is a blessing.

    The definition I picked out from dictionary.com for "wild" was: "undisciplined, unruly, lawless". There were others that could have been applied, but this one seemed to sum it up the best for me.

    No, I would agree with you (in the book) that women aren't really wilder today than in days gone by, it's just that the culture is wilder, so the expressions of the wildness are more flagrant and shocking. There are more venues today to flaunt rebellion and sin. But hearts have always been wild, without the Lord's blessed restraints.

    Yes, I can see evidences of wildness in my own life, according to your book: "Wild is what we are whenever we desregard God and rely instead on the world's advice, or on what seems right in our own eyes."(p.17) Yes, I have done this, though I think I endeavor more and more not to. For me, effective time management has always been an issue (and at points, laziness). I desire to begin to be truly wise in these areas.

    Being firmly grounded in God's wisdom -- the wisdom of the scriptures -- and then living it out -- is what's required to withstand the pull to be wild. And truly believing/seeing that His way is better! To love the Lord and fear Him, with all our heart, will keep us from evil/wildness. Practical instruction and Titus 2 mentoring in these areas will be a great help (this is what your course is doing!).

    As I was reading pgs. 9-20, 1 Cor. 10 kept coming to my mind, esp. v. 12: "Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall." Also vs. 1-14. To quote Mary, "None of us is beyond falling into the prideful assumption that we have enough smarts to make our own decisions about the way we live." Amen! I must remember this, and walk wisely!

    Also, Pr. 13:14 came to mind this a.m.:
    "The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death."

    Some parts of this reading (pgs. 9-20) that were my favorites:

    *analogy of Matt's "white" football pants -- yes, the faded can look pretty good until we compare it with the pure -- (and the "wild" until we compare her with the "wise")

    *p. 16, second full paragraph re: "All treasures of wisdom..." beautiful, Amen!

    I have things underlined on pgs. 17.18,19 and 20 that were very meaningful to me... not time right now to print them all out -- but, thank you, Mary!

    I agree w/Jodi's comments above, insightful! Thank you, Jodi!

    In His love to you sisters in Christ,
    posted by Leslie S.
    on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 9:45 am
  9. I am very excited about this study! What an awesome eye-opener!

    I dont think women of today are wilder than days gone by. I think our society as a whole has accepted these wilder ways as "the norm." Even on a smaller scale we justify some of our actions and ways because it is what WE want for our lives, not what GOD wants.

    Page 17 of your book really hits the nail on the head for me...... "Wild is what we are whenever we desregard God and rely instead on the world's advice, or on what seems right in our own eyes."

    I think many times the Holy Spirit gives us a nudge to let us know what we are doing is not obedient to God's word; however, we are so quick to justify through our own eyes. This is an area of my life I personally need to work on. I often justify my actions regardless of how it may look to others. The bible warns us against this.

    If others see us being satisfied with being disobedient, then we have completely destroyed our purpose to glorify God. Despite what the world says about not worrying about what others think; I think this is one of Satan's tools in getting us to be disobedient.

    There's a difference between knowing scripture and living them out. I think our sinful pride many times gets in the way of what God would have in store for us if we would humble ourselves to His service and not justify our own ways.

    Even though I have a great group of Christian friends and we strive to bring others to Christ, this chapter has taught me that I must be mindful of the message I am portraying to others. If that message is not 100% obedient to God's word, and could in any way cause anyone to doubt or stumble, I must flee from the situation.

    Thank you for this awesome study!
    posted by Paige Brooklyn
    on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm
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