At a recent theology conference I made a beeline for the book table the instant a coffee break was called. But all the volumes seemed strangely familiar. Later that night, in that famed space between dreaming and waking, the trends in Christian publishing became even clearer.
Modest Girls Are Hot. By Betty Shayford, 174 pp., paperback. A 23-year-old Dartmouth graduate calls young women to reconsider the virtue of Christian modesty, which she claims is one of the most effective and least appreciated man-snares around. She argues that Christian guys find women who ignore them irresistible; therefore the best way to accomplish the all-important goal of snatching up a man is to pretend that doing so is the farthest thing from your mind. In the afterword the author discusses the importance of honesty in a relationship.