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Sexual Authenticity: An Intimate Reflection on Homosexuality and Catholicism Paperback – March 15, 2009
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be offended. I am not Catholic, nor do I share the Catholic view on homosexuality. I
thought that this might be another account of 'how to fix the gay people you know so
that they won't burn in hellfire'. I was really surprised to find this to be an
honest and respectful discussion of sexuality and faith, which I found to be
insightful. I thought that the author did a great job of addressing multiple sides
of every issue. I'm also very picky about quality of writing, and I found Selmys'
style to be intelligent, yet still charmingly unpretentious. Overall, surprisingly
easy to read and interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in
In this book you will not find any of the stereotypical homophobia or legalism that Christians are often accused of. Sexuality is not boiled down to a set of behaviours dictated by feelings and "Thou shalt..." or "Thou shalt not..." statements. What you will find is a thorough yet concise explanation of sexuality as a gift from God and how it fits into a Christian worldview, told in the context of how one woman discovered it after years of trying to fight against it.
While there are many good resources out there on Christianity and sexuality, Sexual Authenticity combines a deep personal understanding with a rich abundance of information in 235 enjoyable pages. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
The other main difference is that rather than simply repeating ad nausea that homosexual actions are wrong, the author shows what it is that homosexuals are seeking; in other words, she views the sin of homosexual actions as a privation, a missing of the mark or a disordered attempt to do good, and shows how to focus that energy through things like John Paul II's Theology of the body.Read more ›
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A recent reviewer put it best: it focuses more on authenticity than sexuality. I appreciated how methodically Selmys explained her thought process and experience; for example, the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anonymous
This is my favorite kind of nonfiction: part memoir, part facts, tackling a controversial issue with vulnerable honestly and challenging both sides in the process. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Claire
I've been following Melinda Selmys on her blog for a while now and was very excited to receive 3 of her books I ordered recently. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rachel Tan
Excellent book! I don't have really much more to say about it that wasn't yet mentioned by other reviewers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Carlos Miranda
I couldn't put this book down! It really helped me understand the bigger picture of things when it comes to human sexuality. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sarah
Melinda Selmys is one of my favorite writers -- intelligent but accessible, honest but charitable, and always thought-provokingPublished 5 months ago by Jennifer G.
Excellently written and very informing, expounds upon questions I had never really considered, and provided a deeper understanding of what it means to be catholic. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer