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A parent's guide to winning the war against media, peer pressure, and eroding sexual values.

Guardians of Purity

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Suggested Age parents 12-, Parents 8-12, Parents 13+
Author(s) Julie Hiramine
Page Count 240
Publication Date 2012
Publisher Charisma

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Parents will be encouraged and equipped as they face the battle targeting their children in the realm of purity. With so much stacked up against this generation: the influence of media, temptation at the click of a button, eroding sexual values, and an enemy intent on watching them stumble, is there any hope for the next generation? Julie proves there is - because God has called this generation to live pure lives before Him. And where God's people are committed to living out His standard, there is hope and power by His Spirit. Learn how to be a guardian of your child's purity - whether your kids are toddlers, tweens or teens - through practical tips and Biblical wisdom. Covering topics like safeguarding the technology kids use, blessing your children, and talking to them about the birds and the bees, Guardians of Purity is an essential how-to guide for the parent who wants to be proactive about raising children to live pure lifestyles. by Julie Hiramine

What GOV Says: This book is pertinent for parents of toddlers to teens. Every chapter contains advice for all stages of development and family situations. Julie fills the chapters of this book with a message of hope and empowerment. For parents facing an uncertain world with their children, Guardians of Purity will give them the hope and encouragement they need to raise a generation of pure children.

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  1. Combines common sense and biblical wisdom. Review by Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

    Julie Hiramine and her team at Generations of Virtue have been helping moms and dads instill character in their children for years now. Guardians of Purity combines common sense and biblical wisdom to help parents guide their kids through the choppy waters of our sex-saturated culture. (Posted on 8/19/13)

  2. Parents, Your Kids Want You To Read This Book Review by Kate

    Guardians of Purity is a comprehensive resource for parents who desire to teach their children that God has high standards and they should, too. Julie Hiramine does an excellent job of showing that the Lord is jealous for the hearts of our children, that He has a plan for them, and that His plan is the best one out there. I come from a public school background, and currently attend a secular college. I have seen some of the worst of what our culture does to people. Sadly, Christian students are often ill-prepared to fight some of the temptations that will come their way. What I love about Guardians of Purity, is the way the Julie Hiramine emphasizes intentionality when it comes to purity. If you don’t know where you stand, it’s easy to fall. Julie will help parents understand what the risks are and how to combat them, especially with technology and media, as well as family connectedness (or lack thereof). Some of the stories she shares about what kids do to undermine their parents’ standards and guidelines may seem improbable to you, but I can tell you, Julie is right on. They have all sorts of strategies developed by inquiring minds. She will equip you as parents to train your children in why they should want to live in utmost purity. The emphasis is on Jesus, and our call to holiness in His name. I have already given this book to several families I know, because of how valuable the information is. I am 21 years old, and I wish my parents had been the ones to talk to me about sex, media, technology, relationships and love in an honest, knowledgeable and open way. Your kids want you to talk to them, and if you don’t, someone else will. Whether you are just starting out, feel completely lost, need to backtrack, want to review, or are looking for encouragement for the journey, Guardians of Purity is a must-have for parents. (Posted on 11/7/12)

  3. She Walks the Talk Review by Brent Sapp

    Julie Hiramine is an expert on training parents to train their children on the oft overlooked, but absolutely essential topic of "Purity". She's lectured and trained at events, campuses, and churches here and around the world. But that's not the reason to read this book. You should read this book because Julie, and her husband Kay, are parents to the most well-rounded, mature, intelligent, and "pure" bevy of beautiful daughters I've ever seen. After years of practicing the art of teaching, she's recently boiled her insight into a succinct, but comprehensive manual that equips a parent to define and develop a culture of purity in their homes and in their children's hearts. If you're blessed with kids, no matter how young, you need this book. (Posted on 11/7/12)

  4. GET THIS BOOK AND GET READY TO BE EQUIPPED! Review by Lotti

    This book is a fantastic resource that was hard to put down! I gleaned so much wonderfully useful information that I was able to into action right away. This book is not only for parents but anyone who has children in their lives! Julie uses personal stories, scripture and her vast wealth of experience to equip you to be an advocate for your children where their purity is concerned ! This is one I will read again and again as my children grow so I can also train them to be "Guardians of Purity" for future generations. (Posted on 10/23/12)

  5. Must Read for Parents and Grandparents Review by Christy

    I am parent of teenagers and also a grandmother of 7. I feel this a MUST read for both parents and grandparents. From my personal experience, the technology section is so important. Julie is very encouraging that we can keep up with them in this area and help avoid tragic pitfalls. Guardians of Purity encourages you to pursue character building and really look at the heart of the issues. I really loved all the stories and examples, this book was very well written and very practical for putting the principles in practice. This book really challenges you to raise the standard for your family and equips you for doing so. (Posted on 10/4/12)

  6. A perspective shift for parents Review by S. Stonestreet

    I am so thankful for this book. Julie lays out the call and challenges that we have today in regards to our kids.

    When we look at what is fighting for our children's attention today it is easy to slip into discouragement or chose to be oblivious. In this book, Julie gives us practical tools to help us engage with our children on issues that sometimes seem out of control.

    I am so grateful to have this resource and I will come back to it over and over as my kids grow and conversations change. (Posted on 10/4/12)

  7. WOW!! A book EVERY parent needs to read! Review by Jen

    WOW...I was overwhelemed with the amount of factual data was provided in this amazing eye opening book about how much time our children spend with media sources and how easily the emeny gets to our children through these avenues. I have to admit I have never been one of those parents that really paid much attention to how much my children spent on media sources; however now I have been looking into where, when , and how long they are as well as how long I should allow it.

    I have two children 16 and 6 and when I first started ready this book I thought, well I've done messed up with the oldest but can do differently with my youngest now that I am more aware. Then I stopped that thinking and said NO it's never to late to be a good parent setting foundational rules and teaching my sons about purity and their identity in Christ.

    Thank you for taking the time to research and bring this to light for so many of us out here that kinda knew but REALLY DIDN"T KNOW! (Posted on 9/26/12)

  8. So much more than I expected! Review by Andrea

    In the Christian, church-going world, we hear a lot about purity. We hear a lot about guarding our hearts. We hear a lot about parenting.

    When I was asked to read Julie Hiramine's book Guardians of Purity: A Parent"s Guide to Winning the War Against Media, Peer Pressure, and Eroding Sexual Values, I was prepared to hear about these things.



    And Julie didn't disappoint. She takes on many topics from television to music to internet and social media to the role Hollywood plays in our lives.

    She gives many practical tools and guidelines (that I REALLY wish had been available 11 years ago when I was pregnant with our first child!). She challenges us to be deliberate and intentional about the hearts of our children from an early age. She encourages us to have a plan early on, when our children are 2 or 3 years of age, for how much tv, what kind of tv and how to talk about the difference between girls and boys. She shares about how long to let siblings bathe together, how to instill modesty into our children and how to model purity for our children.

    But Julie goes so far beyond these topics. She challenges us to be proactive in the battle for our children's hearts. She discusses what it means to have quality family time, how important it is to allow for individual time for each child and how to encourage our children to pray and seek God. She gives tools for instructing our children from God's Word. She encourages us to go against what modern culture would say is normal and instead opt for God's truth and desire for a pure life, set aside for His purposes.

    While Julie's goal is to encourage us toward purity, she encouraged me in other areas as well. She takes on the topic of social media and the role it takes in our lives. This doesn't apply to my children (yet!), but it definitely applies to me! What is the purpose in the time I spend tweeting, posting, instagramming? It is to bring glory to God or to myself?

    "This is the online worship factor. Is it all about me or about truly being a representative of God's mighty army and making advances for His Kingdom? So much of technology centers about my life, my pictures, my friends, my little world. What happened to our calling and destiny to be world-changers for the almighty King? We get sucked into this vortex of self and the "me" factor that is all about me getting worship from my friends. Last I read in the Bible, Lucifer fell from heaven because he wanted the worship that belonged to God." pg 20-21

    Ummm....ouch!

    My very favorite part of Julie's book was the last few chapters. As a mom of "tweens", I know that we need to be intentional as we head into the next few years. What I don't know is how to do that! How do I explain to our children our goals for their future...their dating, their courtship, their marriage? Do I even know what I think about dating? About kissing before marriage? About how far is too far? This book gave me so many things to think about and process...I don't expect perfection from our children, but shouldn't we set the bar high? In an atmosphere of grace and love, we want to help our children guard against the temptations that surround them.

    One of the sweetest parts of the book is when Julie talks of "Developing a Love Story With God". She shares the story of a young woman who is struggling as she "waits for the one". Through some reading, this girl comes to the realization that,

    "God created marriage and singleness for the same purpose. Both equally teach us about the love that God has for us. They do it really differently, but one isn't better than the other." pg 164

    What a beautiful picture!

    I'll be honest and tell you Julie sets the bar really high. She and her husband have chosen to live an unordinary, unusual life and they have encouraged the same in their children. If they take the same tone with their children as she does throughout this book, I'm confident their children know they are loved and protected. There is no blurring of the lines, no guessing when it comes to their standards.

    One thing I've learned in my oh-so-short time as a mom, is that children respond best when they know what is expected of them and even more so, when they know you have their back. Julie's book is 12 chapters worth of tools to help us live a life of purity and in turn communicate such a life to our children...a life set apart.

    Guardians of Purity is definitely a book to keep around, one that we'll be referencing for years to come. I would highly recommend it to soon-to-be parents and parents (and grandparents) of children of all ages!

    {Andrea is a stay at home mom of 5 children and also serves alongside her husband who is the worship pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. "I love the life God's called us to and I find freedom in being transparent and honest about the journey." She blogs at www.adashofparsley.blogspot.com}
     (Posted on 9/4/12)

  9. Great book!!! Review by Nancy Louise

    I just finished this book yesterday. It is a "must have" for Christian parents who desire to raise their children to walk in purity. Everything in our society seems to be geared to destroy our children!! This is the enemy working hard!!
    This book covers many common issues, like boy-girl relationships, technology, and more.
    I know the author and her family and know they live these things the book deals with. (Posted on 9/3/12)

  10. Practical and Relevant Review by Trina

    Guardians of Purity: A Parent's Guide to Winning the War Against Media, Peer Pressure, and Eroding Sexual Values delivers what it promises. With eye-opening research and practical how-to, Julie inspires us toward a proactive stance against the dangers in today's media saturated culture.

    "We parents must realize that we use technology differently than our children do. We usually use technology as a means to an end, not an end in itself. While we are task-oriented online, our kids go online for the sole purpose of just hanging out there." -- Julie Hiramine, Guardians of Purity

    What I love about the book is that Julie goes beyond "you really should install filtering software" to addressing the very lies we and our children are exposed through media and bringing into focus the truths we need to fight back with. She reminds us of the danger of seeking...

    Virtual Relationships over Real Life Relationships
    `Me Worship' over the Kingdom of God
    Hollywood's Version of Romance over God's Definition of True Love

    ...and gives clear guidance for leading our families to higher ground.

    Another plus is that Julie doesn't talk down to us as if she has already `arrived' at a place of secure fortification from all media evils, but rather as one on the journey with us, sharing practical steps toward progress.

    My favorite part: Julie shares actual dialogue she's had with her own daughters and other teens, showing you just how to make a Godly stance toward media a part of our daily lives.

    Honestly? There's nothing I didn't like about the book. The serious nature of the topic is off-set by Julie's friendly tone-it's an easy read. This is a book I will reread and refer to often as my children mature into more media use.

    If you fit into the audience that book was written for {anyone with a cell phone or internet!} you're going to find this book a great asset.
    (Posted on 8/31/12)

  11. Guardians of Purity is a Must-Read Review by HappyMom

    I just finished reading Guardians of Purity and I can honestly say that it's a must have for any parent, caretaker or youth worker. We are definitely in a battle for our kids purity and this book helps you understand more about the battle (with lots of statistics throughout) and how to win the war! I especially liked the chapter about Not Awakening Romance. I totally agree with Julie that the tween and teen years offer an amazing opportunity to fall in love with the Lord and build a solid foundation with Him. This book is very practical, it's the kind you can put down and put right into practice. I am so happy to have this book in my library. It's been foundational for helping my husband and I create a plan for how to help our kids win the battle for purity. (Posted on 8/31/12)

  12. A must read for all parents! Review by Pearl

    I love this book! Julie has an excellent balance of telling parents the truth about the current state of affairs in our culture while giving them practical tips on how to stand against it. It's easy to follow advice as well - some of the things she mentioned I was already doing and so it really encouraged me!

    I think anyone who has kids (even if they're teenagers) or who works with kids should read this book! I am recommending it to all my friends. (Posted on 8/16/12)


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Julie Hiramine is the founder and executive director of the ministry Generations of Virtue, which equips parents to empower their children for purity in our world today. Ministering both in the US and internationally, Julie spreads vision and encouragement to parents as she inspires families to raise the next generation to fulfill their God-given destiny. She and her husband, Kay, live in the Colorado Rockies with their five children.
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