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Mary Dengler


Dordt College, Ideafest, Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James, love, sex, feminism


The Fifty Shades trilogy has captivated over 100 million consumers. What makes these books stand out among others is not the literary style but the underlying aspects. Readers discover that the plot and characters of Fifty Shades of Grey are altogether intriguing, familiar, and dynamic. It is at its core a story of deception, love, revenge, and redemption. However, there are negative aspects to the book that we as Christians need to push back against, and there are positive aspects that we need to reclaim.


Paper presented at the Ideafest student scholarship conference held on the campus of Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, April 23, 2015.