Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild


Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild by Mary Kassian Featured resource on Building Relationships with Dr. Gary ChapmanBook Review: Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild

Author: Mary A. Kassian

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Moody Publisher’s website description of Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild:

Inundated by popular culture, many women have lost their bearings and no longer trust the internal compass that intuitively affirms those things that are good, true, and noble about womanhood. And as Jesus’ favorite and most powerful teaching tactic was the parable, it is appropriate that Mary Kassian walks the reader through the compelling tale of the wild versus wise woman found in Proverbs 7. By using 20 points of contrast, the reader will be able to discern the difference between wild and wise. Is she living as a wise, biblically savy woman? Or has she bought into the one our culture holds as ideal: the wild woman?

Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild will captivate, convict, and challenge women to become decreasingly wild and increasingly wise. Includes questions for personal reflection at the end of each chapter.


It took me a while to finish Girls Gone Wise, not because it was a bad book, but there is so much information packed into this little paperback that it takes a while to digest. I started this book back in June when I was working at a Bible Camp for the summer. Then it went back to my bookshelf for a while in lieu of fiction reads. I’d gotten about halfway through the book, and I knew it was one I wanted to review, so I pulled it out again.

Girls Gone Wise is an insightful, convicting, and straightforward book. Mary isn’t afraid to put it all out there and point out behaviors of a Girl Gone Wild. She also doesn’t shy away from labeling these behaviors as destructive and sinful. To back up her claims, she uses Scripture and real life stories of girls and women of all ages who’ve “Gone Wild”, and the destruction that followed.

I liked the way Mary went about contrasting the attitudes, behaviors, and habits of a Girls Gone Wise vs. a Girl Gone Wild. Instead of simply telling the reader what was good and what was bad, she used illustrations and stories to show her point.

If you’re looking for a convicting read, then I would highly recommend Girls Gone Wise. This book is for more than just the college girl, the newly wed, or the young unmarried single. This is a book that challenges the behavior of all women, young and old. It has the potential to change your life. I was convicted in areas that I had tendencies of a Girl Gone Wild.

What book, nonfiction or fiction, has recently challenged your views? Did you agree with what the author said?

About the Author

Biography from the Girls Gone Wise website: Mary Kassian is an award winning author, popular speaker, and a distinguished professor of women’s studies at Southern Baptist Seminary. She has published several books, Bible studies and videos, including: Girls Gone Wise, In My Father’s House: Finding Your Heart’s True Home, Conversation Peace, Vertically Inclined, and the Feminist Mistake. ~ To learn more about Mary and Girls Gone Wise, visit her web page:


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