Eden Derailed: a Theology of SEX Kindle Edition
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Williams writes with clarity, his words seeming almost conversational even while they unfold the biblical truths about men and women, about their psychological differences, and how those things reflect God's nature and play out in the bedroom. He does not pretend that purity is the norm, even in religious circles. He is frank in addressing the struggles of single men and women, of disgruntled married men, and of disappointed married women. The chapter titles, ranging from "Passive Man, Abandoned Woman" to "Engine Room, More Steam!" to "Spiritual Kudzu," offer strong challenges to stand up to immorality, as well as lots of hope for good things ahead. While written by a man, Williams is equally empathetic to the plight of women and refuses to let men off the hook. On the other hand, his words will have men sighing in relief that someone understands and has verbalized their feelings.
My wife and I have been married 21 years, and we celebrate "a theology of sex." It's great to find an author and pastor who brings his years of counseling and biblical study to the table of discussion. This is one subject that should not and cannot be ignored any longer in the church. My hat is off to Kingstone Publishing for fearlessly dealing with such topics.
Starting in chapter 4, Williams begins to give practical advice on how sex affects relationships outside of marriage. Singles will find much of the book devoted to them. The Western view of dating is challenged as well as the idea of "the one". Williams also addresses the grit of everyday life inside the marriage relationship. Bringing to light what the Bible has to say about topics like foreplay, masturbation, pornography and intimacy, there is sound reasoning given for why God designed things the way He did and how that realistically affects a believer. Overall, I found this wasn't a book of morality (i.e., the Bible says do this, NOT this), but rather a source of hope and encouragement for those of us trying to understand how sex affects the core of who we are.
There is also a collection thought-provoking study questions that go along with each of the 9 chapters, so the book can be used in a group setting.