About Good Christian Sex
• Paperback: 256 pages
• Publisher: HarperOne (July 5, 2016)
Many Christians in this country hear a singular ethic from their faith communities – absolute abstinence outside of marriage, and no exceptions regarding abortion, birth control, and being gay. As a result of this inflexible approach, many simply disengage, disconnecting their sex lives from their lives of faith.
In Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn’t the Only Option – And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex, Pastor Bromleigh McCleneghan grapples with the enduring conflict of Christianity and sex. She combines personal anecdotes with theological research, and uses a measured, non-judgmental, and sometimes humorous tone to make her case. She lays out theological and ethical questions that arise in the average, everyday experience of adult sexuality, and informs readers through these discussions in a clear and engaging way. In this much needed book, she:
- Addresses the theological sense of pleasure.
- Encourages people to think about virginity and sexual initiation as complex things.
- Discusses modesty, nudity, and what it means to be vulnerable with other people.
- Reflects on whether or not single Christians have to be celibate.
- Considers how to recognize whether it’s time to end a relationship, or make a go of it.
Pastor McCleneghan concludes that it is possible to bridge the gap between sin and human nature, providing hope where confusion, conflict or frustration had been, and lifting the veil of shame felt by many religious people. Good Christian Sex provides a much needed perspective that will liberate Christians to finally express their sexuality in realistic ways that are aligned with their faith.
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About Bromleigh McCleneghan
Bromleigh McCleneghan is Associate Pastor at Union Church of Hinsdale in suburban Chicago. She is the co-author of Hopes and Fears: Everyday Theology for New Parents and Other Tired, Anxious People, and her essays and articles have been published in The Christian Century, Ministry Matters, Fidelia’s Sisters, Circuit Rider, Criterion, and the website of The United Methodist Church. More at www.bromleighm.com. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.
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