Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn't the Only Option-And Other Things the Bible Says about Sex

By Bromleigh Mc Cleneghan

Moving beyond the deep-seated cultural feelings of shame that have long fueled the conflict between Christianity and sex and the belief that there is only one right and valid way to practice one s sexuality this renowned University of Chicago pastor uses enlightening personal stories and examples from theology to show how sex is powerful and holy.

For years, Christians have been told to adhere to one singular path when it comes to sex: abstinence and purity. Yet this limited focus ignores the reality that people s sexual and romantic lives differ widely, even among those who consider themselves devout believers. Church leaders have often refused to address the topic or have preached in ways that are harmful to the emotional and spiritual growth of the faithful in the pews.

Pastor McCleneghan is determined to reshape the issue and fundamentally transcend this disconnect between sexuality and spirituality that has left many Christians feeling guilty and sinful. Written in her measured, non-judgmental voice, Good Christian Sex combines humorous personal anecdotes with theological research to transform how Christians think and talk about this basic human need, offering a new understanding that reconciles human love and religious faith.

Breaking with outdated conventions, McCleneghan explains how the Bible and Christian tradition inform our beliefs about desire, pleasure, nudity, fidelity, premarital sex, and the variety of sexual practices, and encourages Christians to talk about their bodies, their sensuality, and their longings in a frank, positive, and realistic way. Warm, insightful, and honest, Good Christian Sex is a message of hope, that at last lifts the veil of shame felt by many religious people."



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McCleneghan explores topics of sexuality and nudity and looks at how the Bible and Christian traditions have informed beliefs bout desire, premarital sex and sexual practices. --Chicago Tribune"
"Good Christian Sex" shows what openminded, sex-positive encounters with the holy can and should look like. McCleneghan s tour de force is a reckoning with Christian tradition and an absolute delight to read. A must-read for anyone who wants to engage their heart, soul, and bodies. --Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author of "The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism""



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Publisher HarperOne
Publish date 07/05/2016
Pages 256
ISBN-13 9780062428592
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