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Holy Sex: Song of Solomon Paperback – July 1, 2002
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He worked with Memphis Union Mission for 25 years, while he also ministered in hospitals and churches to the many military families in Memphis. Mike also pastored churches during that period.
About twenty two years ago, Mike and his wife Debi moved to rural Tennessee where they continued in the work by holding Bible studies in local homes, which eventually led to regular meetings of the local body of believers, and the starting of the prison ministry where Mike still ministers every Saturday.
God eventually led them into the ministry of writing on child training and family relationships, which they now feel is their life's work and calling. The result of this work led to the formation of No Greater Joy Ministries (NGJ), a 501(c)(3). The web address is www.nogreaterjoy.org. The largest project that NGJ has ever been involved in is the Good and Evil Project, a work to translate the Illustrated Bible Storybook Good and Evil (G & E) into 100 languages. G & E has 25 languages in print, and another 40 languages in the process of being translated or edited. The book is available in black and white and full color in English and Spanish.
In addition to the child training ministry, the work of the prison ministry, missions, and Bible studies, the Pearls have an active family life. They have been married 37 years; have 5 children, and 14 grandchildren with more on the way.
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The first third or so of the book is an exegesis of Song of Solomon. It is definitely not one of the best exegeses of that book, but it is still useful. I think Pearl is correct in seeing the book as primarily a story about Solomon and his lover. However, there are different interpretative outlines that other commentators have produced, and they should be explored.
The last two thirds of the book is Pearl's discussion of various aspects about sex, some of which are tied directly to Song of Solomon, some of which are not. In this section, the writing is rough, not well thought out, unscientific, and wrong in some areas. It seems as though he writes ideas that he just thought of, without first studying Scripture to see if it supports those ideas. Pearl also seems rather prideful and judgmental. If others do not hold his views, or do the things he thinks are wrong, they are condemned. He also seems prideful about his sexual experience.
Most of all, the writing is lacking in grace. As I mentioned, pride and judgment are present in the pages. He does have a section where he mentions Jesus and forgiveness, but Jesus/grace is not ever-present in this writing. The book reads like Pearl's interpretation of God's laws on sex, and condemns those who do not follow it. It makes me sad.
Even if Pearl's interpretation of God's law on sex is correct, Jesus and mercy are not emphasized. John 8 is a good foil to this reading.
When not discussing the S.o.S., Pearl loses ground even further; he apparently has only his personal marriage experience to draw on. Also, frankly, many of his comments are crude, and some of his translations of other scriptures are patently false. Beyond that, Pearl offers his own opinion as a statement of moral truth several times in the novel, with no scriptural backing. He's just not that talented of an author.
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Great Book - Easy to Read !! Good info !! Sex is a good thing, God gave it as a gift. Now see it as one. ONE LOVEPublished 2 months ago by Super-Grower
OK, didn't really learn much new. I can't decide whether or not I like the author, Michael Pearl. He is so arrogant (if you don't do it my way, it's wrong, because I am always... Read morePublished 3 months ago by gbergey
It's ok on some sexual stuff, but the book doesn't like the ass,finds it immoral, when the ass is a great pleasure zone of eroticism....Published 4 months ago by john brown
The author of this book practices child abuse. He also wrote the book "To Train Up A Child", which is directly linked to many children's deaths. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gioco
Well written. Biblical views on marriage. If you don't believe that the Bible is the Holy Word of God, then you won't like this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by leojwar