We all know that “Fifty Shades of Grey” is coming out in theaters this weekend, in honor of Valentine’s Day. Slightly ironic, but I’ll stay off that subject – no sense beating a dead horse, and everyone else has already hit on that one. So how about a fresh take – how about alternatives on what you can do instead? I bring you this list of “Fifty Shades alternatives” to give you something else to look forward to instead.
From Parker Cole we have “Many Strange Women” which tells the story of Solomon Greene and Celeste Martin. The seductive power of this book matches that of Fifty Shades, all without revealing a single breast. Best of all, it shows relationships as they are in God’s eyes – whether right or wrong, with appropriate consequences. Truly, Greene is the new Grey. You can read my full review here. (Bonus: it’s free until Friday! Extra bonus: in favor of the promotion, this version is a special edition titled “Greene is the New Grey” which also includes extra bonus material!) Also check out the sequel, “The Other Man.”
Mary Findley writes her own knock-off of sorts with “Fifty Shades of Faithful.” This book is as unconventional as it is honest, with some brow-raising suggestions, but it’s all done in a very appropriate manner. It details the story of one couple with 20+ years of marriage under their belts who find themselves in the position of marriage counselor. The book includes such things as trust, honesty, playful communication, and even some gentle (and totally appropriate) role-playing.
If you’re wanting to brave the movie theaters on Valentine’s Day weekend, take a look at “Old Fashioned” which will debut the same day. It is a direct contrast to the FSOG movie – instead of explicit sex scenes, you have a couple learning how to maintain an honest, righteous relationship in the face of so much “sex push” in today’s market.
When it comes down to it, there will always be things like “Fifty Shades of Grey.” It’s nothing new, and it’s not going to go away. It’s what happens when we live in a lost world. Rather than protesting against it, and trying to get it banned – instead let’s focus on what we can do instead. These alternatives are more than worth it!