Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review: "Choice Pearls" (Jasmine Doster)

There are many books in the Christian market that deal with femininity, what it means to be a woman, and why, in today's society, women spend so much time compromising themselves, their standards, their purity, and their futures to gain fleeting happiness, contentment, or acceptance.

Choice Pearls: Rare, Preserved, Precious, Priceless by Jasmine Doster is one that desires to join the ranks of those aforementioned.

Doster writes from a place of personal experience, having been rejected and used before, having given herself away and compromised her standards and her faith. Most, if not all women, if we were honest with ourselves, can relate to the honesty with which Doster writes about her desperation and her longing to belong and to be valued.

Included are innumerable passages from the Old and New Testaments both in the Christian Bible, encouraging and eye-opening verses included to clarify the God-given path women can take to realize their priceless value to their Creator, which acknowledgment must come first, before any other earthly relationship or circumstance.

There is potential in the work to be something that would bridge a gap between where women are hurting and lonely, and where they might be, content with God regardless of their circumstances. However, much about the work makes me hesitate to recommend it very highly for reader consumption.

First, several of the Scripture passages parsed seem at odds with what the verses actually say or mean in their original context, which is the correct way to study and analyze the Bible for its applicable meaning. Scriptural exegesis is not an easy process, to be sure, and requires a great deal of careful scholarly study. There is some evidence of that in Choice Pearls, but not enough to warrant trusting only the author's perspective on what the various verses mean.

Second, much about the work reads as overly simplified and even disorganized and chaotic. It's impossible to doubt Doster's sincerity and her desire to reach other women in similar situations to hers, but her credibility as an author and expert in her subject is significantly lessened by the confusing (and sometimes erroneous) paths and conclusions in the work.

Third, and finally, the other aspect of asserting and maintaining author credibility comes from a well-edited manuscript. Numerous errors in punctuation and grammar kept me distracted from the message Doster hoped to convey.

While I agree that the message is one that never gets too familiar to share with women, the means of conveying that message, in this case, leaves something to be desired. I look forward to a future edition of the work with its accuracy and credibility firmly established.

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Author: Jasmine Doster
Title: Choice Pearls: Rare, Preserved, Precious, Priceless
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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