Available July 5, 2016 – Order Today!
Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn’t the Only Option—And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex
“I’ve wanted to have this book in my possession since one sweaty, sultry night in the middle of college, my first summer away from home, when a friend called. She was asking for advice about whether or not she should have sex with her boyfriend, unsure because of her Christian faith. I’ve wanted this book for years, to share in conversation with parishioners and friends, to help me sort out how Christians can think about our romantic and sexual lives—which are so very vital—in the light of our faith. I hope this is a step in the right direction.” —from Good Christian Sex
We need to change how Christians talk about sex, says pastor Bromleigh McCleneghan. In congregations, too often there is a disconnect between what is preached from the pulpit and what is lived out in the pews. However, instead of proof-texting the Bible to land on extremes such as “Sex outside marriage is always a sin” or “God is uninterested in your sex life,” McCleneghan explores the Bible in conversation with the wisdom of theologians, ethicists, and psychologists to find a better way for Christians to understand and practice their sexuality in light of their deep faith. She honestly weaves her own story throughout, redeeming sex from the rule-based view passed on through many churches and proclaiming that sex for all Christians is powerful, even holy.
Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People, is my first book, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. Co-written with my friend, colleague, and fellow UChicago alum, the Rev. Lee Hull Moses, the book arose out of our experiences as new parents of daughters born within a week of one another. Accustomed to thinking theologically about the ins and outs of everyday life in our professional lives, we found that reflecting on the new normal as parents in the light of our faith was a remarkably helpful thing.
The book’s chapters were frequently workshopped in groups in our congregations, and thus, we hope, reflect the thoughts and questions of other women and men entering into new parenthood and trying to raise happy, faithful kids. Within the next few weeks our discussion guide will be available for free download at the Publisher’s website, and so while we think it’s a great read on its own, we also felt church groups and pastors might find such a thing useful.
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