I found this book in Wal-Mart about a year ago when I was browsing for my weekly Urban Fiction read. I had seen it before, but I passed it up when I saw the writing at the bottom “THE FINEST IN CHRISTIAN FICTION.” Althought I am a Christian, I did not want to read anything that read like a Bible for relaxation. On a different trip to the story, I picked the book up and read the back. The synopsis from the publisher sounded just like me or someone that I knew:
In The Single Sister Experiment, Joan, Tisha, and Lila are three single, ambitious, party girls
embarking on a journey where they attempt to give up sex and draw nearer to God. But giving
up their boyfriends and club hopping for empty beds and Bible Study is more challenging than
they ever imagined.Get ready for a turbulent ride, as these three women face off with the demons of their pasts,
embrace new lifestyles, and ultimately fall into the waiting arms of our Savior. Sisters will be able
to identify with Joan, Tisha and Lila, even if they don’t know all of the words to Amazing Grace,
couldn’t find the book of Haggai in the Bible if someone paid them, and their husbands are not
the only men that have seen them naked.The Single Sister Experiment is an inspirational journey for us all!
I found that the SSE (the abbreviation for the title) was an excellent read. It made me, as a young black woman, think about my love life. The main characters in the novel are given the challenge to give up sex as single women. This seems like an easy enough challenge since the women are not married but they each discover that premarital sex (a sin by Christian doctrine) has deeper roots in their lives than one would think. Although this novel deals with some heavy themes, it is enjoyable because each of the characters goes through her own individual journey. The author makes us think about our lives without condemning. My only criticism is that the main protagonist Joan’s role as a single mother is not reflective of the typical single mother’s life and/or lifestyle.
If anyone, an individual or someone associated with a church group or youth group is looking for a springboard to start a discussion on premarital sex, this novel is a great place to start.
Mimi Jefferson, the author, is dedicated to making abstinence from premarital sex a movement rather than just a book. She holds a workshop in the Houston area which I have attended and enjoyed, along with hosting a Yahoo group. She also ministers during her travels around the country. For more info on the workshop or the Yahoo group, visit her site at http://www.mimijefferson.com/ and to purchase the book, visit her publisher’s site at www.urbanchristianonline.net.
On my latest trips to Barnes and Noble, I have looked for MORE books with the bottom logo, “THE FINEST IN URBAN CHRISTIAN FICTION.” I will be writing up reviews on several more titles from the same publisher in the next couple of days.