Book Review – Modesty: More Than a Change of Clothes (12/11)

You will be hard press to find books written on modesty. You will be even more hard press to find a book that talks not just about outward modesty, but also inward modesty. Right now I think this is one of the best book out there on the topic of modesty.

Modesty: More Than a Change of ClothesMartha Peace and Kent Keller teams up for this book. Each brings their perspective into the issue. Although this book is written primarily for ladies, Keller helps the ladies understand the struggles man faces with immodest dressing. This gives an idea to the ladies about how modesty matters to men who are striving to stay pure.

First the book drives at an important point, they want the readers to understand that modesty has to be an inward change and attitude. The heart needs to embrace modesty inside out before we move to talk about what or what not to wear. Next, Keller helps readers understand the difference between man and women. I appreciate how Keller bring out several examples which I felt was aptly and accurately described. I find myself nodding and agreeing to most of the points that were raised and wondered why no one has written as clearly as he has regarding this issue.

Next the authors examine the old and new testaments regarding the theology of clothing. One of the key teaching Peace and Keller examines is why clothes are even necessary in the first place. This bring us all the way back to Genesis, where God is the one who clothes us, God is the one who defines modesty for us. At the New testament section, Peace and Keller drives back to the central point of the modesty of the heart. As I read this book, I was very thankful the authors decided to go back to this point repeatedly. This is what will make the book useful and applicable despite the frequent fashion changes over time. No matter how fashion has changed, if the desire to be modest comes from the heart and guided by the teaching of the Bible, then it can be applied at any time.

Lastly, the authors gives the gospel hope for those who might have been immodest. The authors direct the readers to Christ the Saviour who has bled and died for the immodest, to make them clean and modest.

I find this book very helpful to those who are motoring teenagers. The book is not very long with short chapters. Parents may also want to read this with their daughters to help ground them with a biblical understanding of modesty. Guys may not find this book as helpful as the girls, but pastors should give this book a read so they know what books to direct their youths to if they are interested to read up on this topic.

Rating: 4.75 / 5

If you’re interested, you can get it here and here (free international shipping), kindle.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review