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Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions: Engaging the Mystery of Friendship Between Men and Women Paperback – February 16, 2010
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"Dan, you're onto something here. Cross-gender friendships are here and no one's talking about them--certainly not in the evangelical church. You take a volatile subject and handle it provocatively, yet pastorally I think (the writing's good too!). Even if your readers don't agree with all your conclusions, this book needs to be read. Nothing less is at stake than our full liberty, creativity, love and apprenticeship to Jesus Christ in the 21st century. I feel that strongly about it." --Mike Morrell, KedgeForward
Brennan's treatment of the subject matter is robust, "thorough, balanced, well-researched, and thought-provoking. Brennan offers a biblical foundation for his thesis, which I think is most important." --John Fortin, Catholic Philosopher
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"Dan Brennan opens a spiritual treasure chest and peers into an untapped resource that has been largely hidden from our sight: the gift of agape between the sexes. In Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions, he encourages Christians, with tenderness and thorough scholarship, to reach beyond fear of sexuality and engage the cross-gender friendships in in their life that can help ignite their spiritual growth." Rev. Carole Hallundbaek, award-winning author of Saints in Love, theologian, and spiritual director, and was consultant to PBS series Religion & Ethics Weekly.
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I also have had wise personal counsel from Dan Brennan about my specific situation and now have a stronger basis upon which to move forward more confidently in friendship, whether cross-gender or same-gender. Receiving encouragement and insight about this often-neglected or avoided issue made a substantial difference in my confidence level in relationships and the quality of my relating with others. I highly recommend this informative and enheartening book.
This book has forced me to consider the beauty of cross-sex friendship, to address feelings of shame in my own life, and to desire to push back against the Evangelical church teachings I experienced during my formative years. While the book offers more questions than answers, that's one thing I loved about it. Brennan invites us to consider the hard questions and wrestle with what the answers may be.
This is not a book for people who are looking for a set of retreaded do's and don'ts. There are no built in "run away" warnings. Rather than a legalistic document Brennan treats his readers with respect, expecting that they are mature in their faith. Sure to cause a stir among those who view their spouse as the "only" friend they need.This book is a must read for all those who enjoy close cross gender relationships!
I am a life long Catholic and I treasure a special friendship with my Pastor.
It is with great appreciation that I thank Mr. Brennan for tackling this subject and doing so in such a way that is respectful and compassionate.
This book is an important and welcome addition to our Church Library.