IVP - Behind the Books - Sex and Dating in the Sorority

March 13, 2008

Sex and Dating in the Sorority

When I was in college, I went to an InterVarsity conference and bought a copy of Blaine Smith's Should I Get Married? even though I wasn't even dating anybody at the time. The book was quite formative for me and helped me have a more Christian perspective on relationships.

We more recently published Sex and Dating: Questions You Wish You Had Answers To by Mindy Meier, an InterVarsity campus staffer who has specialized in working with students in the Greek system of fraternities and sororities. The book is the fruit of her many coffee shop conversations with students who have asked her every question under the sun about sex and dating - perennial questions like "How far is too far?" and newer questions like "What's wrong with hooking up and having friends with benefits?"

Not long ago Mindy was at a conference for Greek students, and afterward she got this e-mail from one of her colleagues:

I just had dinner with one of my students, Marie [not her real name], that came to conference - and I wanted to encourage you with something that she shared with me. She (along with 3 others in her sorority) bought your book on sex and dating. Apparently they are all obsessed with the book, and have talked about it with many girls in their sorority. Marie told me tonight that your book is now famous in Alpha Chi Omega - it is the big talk of the sorority. They have girls coming into their rooms asking them to borrow the book, even for 30 minutes at a time so they can read it - both Christian and non-Christian girls. I thought this was so neat, and I am so thankful that you took the time to write such a needed book.

We're always glad to hear that our books are being read and passed around, and it's quite encouraging that an author like Mindy is able to extend her ministry to many more sororities and campuses through her book. It's especially exciting that the book gives these students the opportunity to share their faith and biblical perspectives on relationships with their sorority sisters. Some of these young women may never attend an InterVarsity conference, but they might encounter God through an IVP book. So I'm glad for books like Mindy's, and I hope that copies will be passed around sorority houses and dorm rooms for years to come.

Posted by Al Hsu at March 13, 2008 7:38 AM Bookmark and Share


Bravo, Mindy. Is there a version for the high school students I teach?

Comment by: christa Allan at March 13, 2008 8:45 PM

Sorry, there's no other version at this point. Older teens would probably be able to appreciate it. Though teachers/parents/youth pastors should probably screen it first to see if it's appropriate for their teens.

Comment by: Al Hsu at March 14, 2008 3:04 PM

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