Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free

Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free

From a woman who has been there and back, the first inside look at the devastating effects evangelical Christianity?s purity culture has had on a generation of young women?in a potent combination of journalism, cultural commentary, and memoir. In the 1990s, a ?purity industry? emerged out of the white evangelical Christian culture. Purity rings, purity pledges, and purity b From a woman who has been there and back, the first inside look at the devastating effects evangelical Christ...

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Title:Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free
Author:Linda Kay Klein
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Pure: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free Reviews

  • neil
    Oct 10, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

    (more in-depth review available at stefaniethelibrarian.wordpress.com) The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free."Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the puri...

    Pure was a very emotional and personal read for me.Full review to come! ...

    You don?t have to agree with her personal outcome (ahem evangelicals) to get that shaming women is epidemic in the evangelical movement. I applaud the author?s vulnerability and her fair treatment of her interviewees. I think this book starts an important conversation and can help ...

    WOW DO I FEEL VALIDATED ...

    I grew up in the independent Christian church/Church of Christ, and though I managed by a combination of luck and apathy to never attend a True Love Waits retreat or sign a single purity pledge, I was well-versed in purity culture. It has deeply affected me and the other women I grew u...

    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the requests and reviews from our patrons and from goodreads and this book was very powerful in the message that it conveyed. This "movement" impacted a lot of people and made a strong difference in not only that community but wo...

    This is the best book I've read about the purity movement. I've read a few memoirs from ex-Evangelicals during the past year or so, and many have touched on the purity movement and the damage it caused, but this one does a lot more--Klein tells her own story, as well as the story of ma...

  • Sarah
    Aug 05, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

  • Mehrsa
    Sep 21, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

  • Petra Eggs
    Mar 15, 2019

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

  • Karyl
    Oct 22, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

  • Canadian
    Oct 11, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

  • Becca Younk
    Jan 11, 2019

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

  • Julie
    Dec 18, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

  • erica
    Dec 19, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

    (more in-depth review available at stefaniethelibrarian.wordpress.com) The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free."Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the puri...

    Pure was a very emotional and personal read for me.Full review to come! ...

  • Jenna
    Apr 08, 2019

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

  • Robert D. Cornwall
    Sep 28, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

  • Julia Graf
    Oct 13, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

  • Cara Meredith
    Jan 01, 2019

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

  • Touchstone Books
    Jan 23, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

  • Sarah Greene
    Oct 13, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

  • Christina
    Sep 18, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

  • Stefanie Merrifield
    Sep 06, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

    (more in-depth review available at stefaniethelibrarian.wordpress.com) The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free."Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the puri...

  • Heather Yockey
    Sep 24, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

  • Makenzie
    Nov 16, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

    (more in-depth review available at stefaniethelibrarian.wordpress.com) The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free."Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the puri...

    Pure was a very emotional and personal read for me.Full review to come! ...

    You don?t have to agree with her personal outcome (ahem evangelicals) to get that shaming women is epidemic in the evangelical movement. I applaud the author?s vulnerability and her fair treatment of her interviewees. I think this book starts an important conversation and can help ...

    WOW DO I FEEL VALIDATED ...

    I grew up in the independent Christian church/Church of Christ, and though I managed by a combination of luck and apathy to never attend a True Love Waits retreat or sign a single purity pledge, I was well-versed in purity culture. It has deeply affected me and the other women I grew u...

    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the requests and reviews from our patrons and from goodreads and this book was very powerful in the message that it conveyed. This "movement" impacted a lot of people and made a strong difference in not only that community but wo...

    This is the best book I've read about the purity movement. I've read a few memoirs from ex-Evangelicals during the past year or so, and many have touched on the purity movement and the damage it caused, but this one does a lot more--Klein tells her own story, as well as the story of ma...

    If you grew up evangelical, or in any kind of religiously-based purity culture, your psyche probably really needs this book. It gets a little repetitive now and then, but the perspective is invaluable. ...

    This is a secular look at how the church has handled the purity movement and has testimonials of how it has affected women in their sex life. Although I think there are things identified in this book that I agree (the way man has wronged some in their incorrect teaching on handling s...

    Rough read, but I really appreciated the stats and the data Klein uses alongside people's stories. I've read a lot from other purity culture survivors, but it is always good to hear more of this message: we are not alone, we aren't broken, what we were told about ourselves was wrong. B...

    Wow... so much of this book was unfortunately very relatable to me, and I expect many of my friends could also identify with some of the stories told by the interviewees. While I didn?t grow up in the extremes of purity culture (True Love Waits, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, etc), its mes...

  • Ali Shaw
    Sep 13, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    Oct 14, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

  • Adina Hilton
    Oct 11, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

  • Jen Gray
    Sep 17, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

    (more in-depth review available at stefaniethelibrarian.wordpress.com) The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free."Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the puri...

    Pure was a very emotional and personal read for me.Full review to come! ...

    You don?t have to agree with her personal outcome (ahem evangelicals) to get that shaming women is epidemic in the evangelical movement. I applaud the author?s vulnerability and her fair treatment of her interviewees. I think this book starts an important conversation and can help ...

  • Meaghan Lee
    Dec 07, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

  • Molly
    Sep 17, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

    (more in-depth review available at stefaniethelibrarian.wordpress.com) The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free."Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the puri...

    Pure was a very emotional and personal read for me.Full review to come! ...

    You don?t have to agree with her personal outcome (ahem evangelicals) to get that shaming women is epidemic in the evangelical movement. I applaud the author?s vulnerability and her fair treatment of her interviewees. I think this book starts an important conversation and can help ...

    WOW DO I FEEL VALIDATED ...

    I grew up in the independent Christian church/Church of Christ, and though I managed by a combination of luck and apathy to never attend a True Love Waits retreat or sign a single purity pledge, I was well-versed in purity culture. It has deeply affected me and the other women I grew u...

    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the requests and reviews from our patrons and from goodreads and this book was very powerful in the message that it conveyed. This "movement" impacted a lot of people and made a strong difference in not only that community but wo...

    This is the best book I've read about the purity movement. I've read a few memoirs from ex-Evangelicals during the past year or so, and many have touched on the purity movement and the damage it caused, but this one does a lot more--Klein tells her own story, as well as the story of ma...

    If you grew up evangelical, or in any kind of religiously-based purity culture, your psyche probably really needs this book. It gets a little repetitive now and then, but the perspective is invaluable. ...

  • Valli
    Sep 18, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

    (more in-depth review available at stefaniethelibrarian.wordpress.com) The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free."Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the puri...

    Pure was a very emotional and personal read for me.Full review to come! ...

    You don?t have to agree with her personal outcome (ahem evangelicals) to get that shaming women is epidemic in the evangelical movement. I applaud the author?s vulnerability and her fair treatment of her interviewees. I think this book starts an important conversation and can help ...

    WOW DO I FEEL VALIDATED ...

    I grew up in the independent Christian church/Church of Christ, and though I managed by a combination of luck and apathy to never attend a True Love Waits retreat or sign a single purity pledge, I was well-versed in purity culture. It has deeply affected me and the other women I grew u...

  • Meghan
    May 14, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

    (more in-depth review available at stefaniethelibrarian.wordpress.com) The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free."Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the puri...

    Pure was a very emotional and personal read for me.Full review to come! ...

    You don?t have to agree with her personal outcome (ahem evangelicals) to get that shaming women is epidemic in the evangelical movement. I applaud the author?s vulnerability and her fair treatment of her interviewees. I think this book starts an important conversation and can help ...

    WOW DO I FEEL VALIDATED ...

    I grew up in the independent Christian church/Church of Christ, and though I managed by a combination of luck and apathy to never attend a True Love Waits retreat or sign a single purity pledge, I was well-versed in purity culture. It has deeply affected me and the other women I grew u...

    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the requests and reviews from our patrons and from goodreads and this book was very powerful in the message that it conveyed. This "movement" impacted a lot of people and made a strong difference in not only that community but wo...

  • Jessica
    Oct 24, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

    (more in-depth review available at stefaniethelibrarian.wordpress.com) The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free."Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the puri...

    Pure was a very emotional and personal read for me.Full review to come! ...

    You don?t have to agree with her personal outcome (ahem evangelicals) to get that shaming women is epidemic in the evangelical movement. I applaud the author?s vulnerability and her fair treatment of her interviewees. I think this book starts an important conversation and can help ...

    WOW DO I FEEL VALIDATED ...

    I grew up in the independent Christian church/Church of Christ, and though I managed by a combination of luck and apathy to never attend a True Love Waits retreat or sign a single purity pledge, I was well-versed in purity culture. It has deeply affected me and the other women I grew u...

    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the requests and reviews from our patrons and from goodreads and this book was very powerful in the message that it conveyed. This "movement" impacted a lot of people and made a strong difference in not only that community but wo...

    This is the best book I've read about the purity movement. I've read a few memoirs from ex-Evangelicals during the past year or so, and many have touched on the purity movement and the damage it caused, but this one does a lot more--Klein tells her own story, as well as the story of ma...

    If you grew up evangelical, or in any kind of religiously-based purity culture, your psyche probably really needs this book. It gets a little repetitive now and then, but the perspective is invaluable. ...

    This is a secular look at how the church has handled the purity movement and has testimonials of how it has affected women in their sex life. Although I think there are things identified in this book that I agree (the way man has wronged some in their incorrect teaching on handling s...

    Rough read, but I really appreciated the stats and the data Klein uses alongside people's stories. I've read a lot from other purity culture survivors, but it is always good to hear more of this message: we are not alone, we aren't broken, what we were told about ourselves was wrong. B...

  • Elizabeth Brush
    Dec 05, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

    (more in-depth review available at stefaniethelibrarian.wordpress.com) The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free."Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the puri...

    Pure was a very emotional and personal read for me.Full review to come! ...

    You don?t have to agree with her personal outcome (ahem evangelicals) to get that shaming women is epidemic in the evangelical movement. I applaud the author?s vulnerability and her fair treatment of her interviewees. I think this book starts an important conversation and can help ...

    WOW DO I FEEL VALIDATED ...

  • Molly Sanchez
    Oct 25, 2018

    I dnf'd the book. I'm left feeling, what kind of Christian cult is twisting women up like this? Why can't men take responsibility for their own actions? What world are they living in? One minute the author is a preteen, next she is 15, then 26... no, she's 21. Everyone around her i...

    Shame: [noun] A painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. ~Oxford English Dictionary Linda Kay Klein was an evangelical Christian who endured the indoctrination of "purity" during her teens, leaving her with a feeling of...

    Klein?s book about the ?purity movement? and sexual shaming of girls within the powerful evangelical community in the U.S. may focus on a worthy enough subject, but the writing is so pedestrian and hyperbolic that I felt no desire to persist beyond the very lengthy 34-page introd...

    Thanks to Touchstone and Netgalley for this ARC. I grew up on the fringes of purity culture. It wasn?t part of my religious upbringing, but I was pretty well acquainted with the movement as a teen in the 90?s. Mostly I mocked it, as I did most things associated with the Christi...

    I didn't grow up evangelical, but I completely understand this purity culture and I'm glad people like Klein are writing about it. The purity myth is another great book on the same theme. I did not love the format of the book--I wanted to hear more in Klein's voice, more history of...

    This book is sad on two levels. 1. The traumas experienced by so many women and the fact that distortion of Christian doctrine led to their abuse and/or struggles, in many cases driving them away from the church. 2. The fundamental misunderstanding of Christianity demonstrated by t...

    Wow. Shocking, deeply empathic, and meticulously researched, Pure exposes a terrifying phenomenon in this country?one that affects us all, evangelical or not. ...

    I was raised in an evangelical community that HHS?s subscribed to purity culture. I lost count of the times while reading this book I felt relief and horror that other people had the same feelings and experiences I did. The book is well written, well researched and well paced. Highly...

    This was a tough read for me. As someone who grew up in the Evangelical church, and went through a similar "breaking" from religion, a lot of Klein's experiences and traumas were familiar to me. I absolutely think a religious focus on purity is damaging to young girls, and to young boy...

    This is really, really hard to review. I am glad this book exists, I think it's important for people within the evangelical movement to speak out against purity culture. I genuinely hope women can read this and find some answers in it, or at least know they are not alone. However, I al...

    The best part of this book is the lengthy introduction, which is available on NPR.org, so you don't have to bother with the rest of it. I grew up with a youth group similar to Klein's and received much of the same well meaning but ridiculous education. She does an amazing job exposing ...

    As I finished reading Pure, the U.S. Senate was concluding a day long hearing pitting the memories/claims of a previously obscure woman and the nominee for a life-time appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. The two may be different at one level and yet related at another. In the Senate...

    The subject matter is interesting but the writing is so stiff and basically just a transcript of her interviews. I was expecting more insight and conclusions from this book. ...

    A timely, relevant, harrowing, and eye opening memoir about the purity movement. If you?re anything like me, you find it fascinating to learn about a person?s life that is so different from your own. I was not raised in any sort of strict upbringing so the idea that a movement s...

    ***Only read about 100 pages*** I was really disappointed that this book was so terribly written. The topic is so relevant and personal, I was hoping for great things. The author generalizes things that her friends tell her through interviews and applies that to the entire culture. ...

    Welcome to the book that perfectly describes my late teens and early to mid-twenties. This needed to be explored and written and I?m so grateful for Linda Kay Klein?s diligence and insight. ...

    I've never been a particularly religious person, but I did go to a Presbyterian (USA) church with my parents every week growing up. My youth group did discuss sex and taught us that we should remain virgin until marriage, but it was never the purity message that evangelicals adopted wh...

    A weekend read. Once I started, I couldn?t put down. Mainly because of the stories, each page reminding me of a world that?s a long ways back in my rear view mirror. Wondering if 12 years ago, when I was much more a part of these circles would I have had the guts to read this book....

    Positives: Kudos to this author for bringing light to an issue that gets very little attention. I absolutely agree that ?purity culture? has had some very lasting and damaging effects on many people. I also appreciate her thoroughness in presenting various stories: she includes sto...

    (more in-depth review available at stefaniethelibrarian.wordpress.com) The cover of this book says it all, "Inside the Evangelical Movement that Shamed a Generation of Young Women and How I Broke Free."Linda Kay Klein grew up in the evangelical church during the height of the puri...

    Pure was a very emotional and personal read for me.Full review to come! ...

    You don?t have to agree with her personal outcome (ahem evangelicals) to get that shaming women is epidemic in the evangelical movement. I applaud the author?s vulnerability and her fair treatment of her interviewees. I think this book starts an important conversation and can help ...

    WOW DO I FEEL VALIDATED ...

    I grew up in the independent Christian church/Church of Christ, and though I managed by a combination of luck and apathy to never attend a True Love Waits retreat or sign a single purity pledge, I was well-versed in purity culture. It has deeply affected me and the other women I grew u...

    I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the requests and reviews from our patrons and from goodreads and this book was very powerful in the message that it conveyed. This "movement" impacted a lot of people and made a strong difference in not only that community but wo...

    This is the best book I've read about the purity movement. I've read a few memoirs from ex-Evangelicals during the past year or so, and many have touched on the purity movement and the damage it caused, but this one does a lot more--Klein tells her own story, as well as the story of ma...

    If you grew up evangelical, or in any kind of religiously-based purity culture, your psyche probably really needs this book. It gets a little repetitive now and then, but the perspective is invaluable. ...

    This is a secular look at how the church has handled the purity movement and has testimonials of how it has affected women in their sex life. Although I think there are things identified in this book that I agree (the way man has wronged some in their incorrect teaching on handling s...