(Book Review) Swipe Right


Reviewed by: Carson Jacobs, a Professional Writing Major at Taylor University     


Introduction

Title: Swipe Right: The Life-and-Death of Sex and Romance

Author: Levi Lusko

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: 2017

Format: Print book

Length: 256 pages

OVERVIEW

Swipe Right is a book full of relationship advice for practically anyone. The only group excluded in this is younger children because the author does discuss the subject of sex in a straight forward manner. One look at its cover or the title may drive adults or individuals who are already married away, but this book offers advice for all. It warns of the danger involved when initiating physical relationships outside of marriage, and just how powerful the forces of love, sex, and romance are. The author offers several alternatives to combat the intrinsic urge for instant gratification and says that: “Now yells louder, but later lasts longer.” This book isn’t just about physical relationship advice, whether current or in the future; it also presents several segments of advice applicable in multiple areas of life. Included in the back is a valuable guide with bullet points that allow the readers easily to find the topic they are looking for.
Regarding the quality of the writing; it’s pleasant and not entirely commonplace. The author uses numerous examples and analogies, making it easier to connect with and understand his ideas. However, the sheer volume of said written images tends to cause slight distractions. The lessons are enjoyable and even sometimes amusing, but the amount crammed into the first few chapters can cause the reader to lose sight of what is actually being discussed. Outside of that one, minor flaw, the overall writing style is fun and brandishes a conversational cadence.
This book’s guidance and advice comes from a Christian perspective. It is prone to step on more than a few toes, especially about such a sensitive topic, but that doesn’t reduce its worthiness to be read and understood. The wisdom contained within the pages deals quite a mental punch, increasing the book’s readability. It might be the guidebook to developing healthy relationships we’ve all been waiting for.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

14 and older

Christian Impact

The themes explored in this help book are all derived from the Bible and how it can be used to answer difficult relationship questions. At the very least, Lusko uses quantitative data found to aid his perspective from the standpoint of his own Christian beliefs. Therefore, with such a sensitive subject, it would be very easy for this book to provoke anger and indignation rather than thought among certain readers.


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