- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (November 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801015669
- ISBN-13: 978-0801015663
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God Loves Sex: An Honest Conversation about Sexual Desire and Holiness Paperback – November 4, 2014
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"It's rare to find a Christian book about sex that is real and helpful and honest. God Loves Sex is all of that and more."--Donald Miller, bestselling author of Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
The church's stance on sexual matters has been clear throughout history: all sexual activity outside the boundaries of Christian marriage is sin. So we hide our struggles and pretend to live above the erotic fray, or else we embrace the culture's redefinition of what is acceptable. But in this book Allender and Longman explore what the Bible really says about sexual desire and sexual intimacy.
God Loves Sex offers a truly liberating, godly view of holy sensuality by recovering the clear meaning of the Song of Songs as God-sanctioned eroticism. Then it uses that lens to answer questions posed by a fictional new Christian struggling with expectations of sexual purity. It asks provocative questions, such as What does it mean to be both holy and filled with rich sexual desire? and How can our sexual struggles take us deeper into the purposes of God?
Pairing psychological insight with sound biblical scholarship, the authors bring desire and sex out into the open, allowing Christians of any age and any marital status to understand sex the way God meant it to be.
"This is not your average Christian book on sex. This is something better--and it is going to bring clarity, healing, and hope to a lot of people."--John Eldredge, author of Wild at Heart
"I have always loved the Song of Songs, but this book gives me a rich picture of how it can help us to something deeper in our marriage. So healing!"--Stasi Eldredge, author of Captivating and Becoming Myself
"In a world where sex most often lives in confusion, perversion, compulsion, guilt, and shame, it is wonderful that Allender and Longman use the Bible's sex song to restore sex to its original created beauty."--Paul David Tripp, author of Sex & Money
Dan B. Allender is professor of counseling psychology and is former president of Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of several books, including The Wounded Heart.
Tremper Longman III is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in California. He has authored, coauthored, or edited numerous books, including The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary and commentaries on several biblical books, including Song of Songs.
About the Author
Dan B. Allender (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary; PhD, Michigan State University) is professor of counseling psychology and is former president of Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington. He travels and speaks extensively on sexual-abuse recovery, love and forgiveness, worship and other related topics. Allender is the author of nine books, including The Wounded Heart, which has sold over 400,000 copies.
Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in California. He has authored, coauthored, or edited numerous books, including An Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read Proverbs, The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary, and commentaries on Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah and Lamentations, and Daniel.
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Totally unexpected, and refreshing in a book containing a lot of data and biblical interpretation, is that roughly every other chapter is the fictional narrative of a character named Malcolm. While the non-fiction chapters provoke deep thought about how to interpret the song of Solomon and challenge godly introspection about our own sexuality, Malcolm plays the battle-scarred realist - a 26 year old, single, new christian navigating his way through a bible study on the Song of Solomon with a collection of other very relate-able and familiar fictional characters.
While the information provided by Allender and Longman is fantastic, and has helped me understand better the Song of Solomon and what that book of the bible is there to teach, the fictional narrative helps move the information from abstract ideas and lofty ideals to more of a "What does it REALLY look like for me, a sinner, depraved and damaged, to encounter these ideas with a timid but sincere heart?"
The fictional component interspersed with the interpretations of the nuanced Hebrew makes the book a much more engaging read than many non-fiction books.
This book does, of course, explore very specifically sexuality. If you are someone offended by a book that doesn't shy away from mentioning body parts or sexual acts, you should probably avoid this book- and, for that matter, the Song of Solomon.
It is worth your time to read this book. You and your spouse have so much to learn and gain from this book.
The only negative, and it isn't about the book at all is that I recently acquired a Kindle Fire HDX, and though the book has Text To Speech enabled (both by the publisher and on my device), it doesn't work. Other books that are shared on our family plan work fine. Not this one. It does play on my son's Fire HD6. So, the negative is that there is a problem with the system, where I don't know.