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Everyone Loves Sex: So Why Wait?: A Discussion in Sexual Faithfulness Paperback – April 11, 2017
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“God created us wired for sexual pleasure. Our sin complicates God’s good gift to us. Bryan Sands reminds us of God’s redemption and helps us understand our struggles and desires. I enthusiastically recommend his work, which is compellingly written as he addresses what may be the most crucial and controversial topic of today.”
— Tremper Longman III, Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College, and the author of God Loves Sex
“Everyone Loves Sex is a honest and human manifesto to redeem the goodness, mystery, and beauty of sex. Using Scripture, story, culture, and science, Bryan Sands
courageously lays out a vision for what a new kind of sexual faithfulness could look like.”
—Steve Carter, Teaching Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church, author Invitational Life: Risking Yourself to Align with God’s Heartbeat for Humanity
“Bryan nailed it! Finally—an honest, straightforward, and challenging discussion of sex from a godly perspective. Bryan presents the case for faithfulness in a compelling way that truly communicates and reaches the hearts of young people. As a parent of teens, I am so grateful to have this book as a resource. Thank you, Bryan!”
— Tom Brooks, Music Producer (6 Platinum and 12 Gold Albums) and the author of The Language of Music
“Living in a culture that prides itself on being so open about the once-forbidden subject of human sexuality, it is shocking how much misinformation is floating around—often in the guise of authoritative fact. Small wonder that even people of faith are frequently confused in their thinking and damaged by their choices. With both clarity in
direction and hope for recovery, Bryan Sands brings the light of God’s perspective on sex while poignantly and wisely illustrating the reasons behind the principles. Here you will discover that God is not a cosmic killjoy out to limit our fun and restrict our enjoyment, but rather a giver of abundant life who desires his children to experience a great sex life.”
— Jim Reeve, Lead Pastor, Faith Community Church, author of Regenerate:Total Spiritual Transformation, and television host of Balance Living
“I would venture to say that a person’s romantic and sexual choices have the potential to impact their long term health and happiness more than almost any other decision in life. And we happen to live in a time when sexual mores are changing like never before. It’s a confusing and tumultuous time for the church as she attempts to discern what ‘sexual faithfulness’ looks like, yet keep young people in the pews and remain relevant as the culture undergoes drastic changes. At a time when many
young adults need more than a simple ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ Bryan’s book presents the scientific rationale behind biblical standards—and how beautiful sex can be in its safest and most glorious context.”
— Melody George, Director of the Emmy award-winning documentary End It Now, and the screenwriter of the upcoming feature film Your Love Is Strong
From the Back Cover
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0891124888
- ISBN-13 : 978-0891124887
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 5.24 x 0.45 x 7.99 inches
- Publisher : Leafwood Publishers (April 11, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #241,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The primary points of the book are (1) that being sexually faithful to one’s spouse is the best way to have a fulfilling relationship and the best sex possible and (2) that, for those of us who have been unfaithful or had other relationship issues, it is not too late to start. Mr. Sands avoids judgmental criticisms of unfulfilling sexual activity and successfully puts the concept of waiting in a positive context.
Mr. Sands also emphasizes a secondary point: that human trafficking, particularly sex trafficking, is a serious problem about which people need to be more sensitive and should do more to stop.
Abortion is not a major focus of the book, but Mr. Sands includes some powerful examples of women who had abortions that were bad experiences. The experiences cited showed women who conceived while they were in bad relationships, so these experiences were more an argument for deferring sex until marriage than strict pro-life arguments.
It is also interesting that a book about sex from a Christian perspective in the 21st century has nothing to say about homosexuality, but this omission seems entirely appropriate. Any discussion of homosexuality would distract from the theme of the book.
This book is very well-written, but it is possible that Mr. Sands is an even better speaker than he is a writer. Most readers will also enjoy his website, EveryoneLovesSex.org.
Mr. Sands also shows how the concepts of “freedom” and “community” are such significant parts of living fulfilled lives and having meaningful relationships. Although the book uses current research extensively, it also uses relevant Biblical teachings to show that sex is a precious, but powerful, gift from God. When readers consider sex in this context, they may wonder why sex wasn’t one of the three temptations of Christ described in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. This book does not deal with that question, but perhaps the answer is that sex is more complicated than food, power and testing God.
One of the chapters that stuck out most to me in this book is 'Sex Sells! But Should It?' which addresses the pornography epidemic and human trafficking. It is clear of Sands passion on these issues but also presents us with tons of facts about the correlation between the two challenges. I think it is essential for students to realize that engaging in practices involving porn are not just harmful to themselves, but also to recognize that it IS hurting others. Maybe this realization is what stops the behavior?
My husband and I work with youth and have a nonprofit in Kenya battling the adolescent pregnancy epidemic. We spend a lot of time researching materials and information available that we feel will be helpful for our prevention curriculum. Everybody Love Sex: So Why Wait? will be one of the resources that we use and recommend to others. Even though we often teach in a much different culture, teenagers are very much the same everywhere, and truth translates. Thank you.
The first part brought academic, peer-reviewed research to a popular level and the second part of the book painted a picture of hope and redemption. After reading this book, I can see the person of faith and even the one without faith being encouraged.
I highly recommended this book. It’s an easy read, and will encouraged anyone, regardless of the situation you’re in. This book did not condemned me but gave me a lot to process.