Let me be honest. I was hesitant to read this book for a couple reasons. First of all, 2017 has made me a graphic design snob and I kind of felt like the tattoo inspired cover felt a little 2009. Don’t act like you don’t judge a book by its cover. We all do.
But on a much deeper level, I was afraid of reading this book because of its subject matter- love, sex, and dating. Being a single girl and working in student ministry, I am constantly exposed to questions and very poor answers surrounding these topics. Answers that reinforce gender stereotyping, answers that minimize, answers that cover up, answers that don’t address enough, answers that are falling short in a culture that keeps asking more and more questions or simply assumes the Bible has nothing to offer.
In steps Levi Lusko.
I grew up on the tail end of the True Love Waits revolution and I read it all- Lady in Waiting, Captivating, Wild at Heart, Every Young Woman’s Battles, Soul Virgins, even I Kissed Dating Goodbye, so needless to say my expectations were low.
Lusko walked a tight line between cultural relevance and Biblical applications seamlessly with iconic imagery, metaphors, and word plays.
Employing the phrase “Swipe Right” from Tinder, a common dating app, Lusko displayed much deeper issues beneath dating culture without straying away from tackling difficult questions. He described Biblical characters like Moses and Eve “swiping right” by choosing what they wanted to do in the moment, rather than what was right or eternally better for them. Each of these characters faced consequences for their actions, but their stories do not simply end in shame and consequences, rather grace and redemption similar to our own.
At the risk of some cheesy word pictures, Swipe Right is a great read with incredible insights on dating culture that can greatly resource students, young adults, or anyone who interacts with anyone who is dating or facing temptation.