Marian Jordan’s delightful and inspiring book, Sex and the City Uncovered, is geared toward teenage girls and young women who are looking to put new meaning in their lives, that of following the Word of God. She uses the characters from the hit TV show Sex and the City to describe the emptiness that is so common with young women that cannot be filled with men, food, sex, alcohol, or shopping. Many wonderful anecdotal stories are used, including those from the Bible, to make her points about how women make wrong choices for the right reasons. For example, the sinful adulterer whom Jesus forgives in front of an angry mob demonstrates God’s benevolence and acceptance of us as imperfect human beings. (John 8) Jordan talks about the pressure women feel to be perfect and the ultimate failure and heartache that always come under such false expectations, i.e., “looking for love in all the wrong places.” Then she talks about the unconditional love and acceptance of God that softens the angst that women feel when being rejected by men.
At the end of each chapter, Jordan points all her answers to women’s problems to God’s love and the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. She is confidently well spoken in her convictions that God is the true answer to women’s desires to be loved and accepted—a fact that is always eluding the three characters on the TV show. However, in the show’s defense, its premise is that the three women, Carrie, Miranda, and Samantha, try to find love in capturing a man’s heart and perhaps ultimately marrying him. If the women followed Jordan’s advice and turned their hearts over to God, finding true satisfaction in their lives, then their problems would be solved and the show’s conflict would be resolved. Jordan’s take on this television show is that if the girls would turn their lives over to God everything would be okay, and they would be better equipped to handle life’s problems.
Marian Jordan is a professional speaker and founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries. She includes in her book testimonials, chapter questions, an appendix, and recommended resources. This is a good read specifically for young women, and would be a great addition for the Christian woman’s library.Anita Tiemeyer, Christian Book Previews.com
Hookups, hangovers, and heartbreak Popular TV series Sex and the City features four stylish New York women frequenting bars and talking bluntly about their broad range of sexual experiences. Awards lavished on the show suggest some redeeming values. But despite claims that it’s ultimately about the longing for a committed relationship, the glamorization of casual sex and so on can really mess with impressionable young women. Just ask Marian Jordan. In Sex and the City Uncovered she admits, "A painful existence of ‘looking for love in all the wrong places’ is hidden behind images of couture fashion, witty dialogue, and beautiful people. I know this to be true because I’ve lived it."