With honesty and wit, Winner talks about her struggle to live a celibate life. Never dodging tough terms like "confession" and "sin," Winner grounds her discussion of chastity first and foremost in Scripture.With honesty and wit, Winner talks about her struggle to live a celibate life. Never dodging tough terms like "confession" and "sin," Winner grounds her discussion of chastity first and foremost in Scripture.Read Less
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i read the book twice already. and now i have a friend reading it... because it's a book that takes more than one read-through. once i got into "the groove" that Lauren Winner writes in, it was a quick read. Winner writes with honesty from her own story, as well as those of friends and students. Winner has a good handle on what the thought patterns regarding sexual intercourse are in today's society. that helps immensely; Winner speaks to the arguments of "casual sex", of "we're going to get married anyway", and masterbation. She doesn't sugar-coat or say "everyone must figure it out for themselves" -- she uses the Biblical account of Creation, and of G-d's continuous love for humanity as the primary basis for her position.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-02-14 Winner, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Girl Meets God, weaves an intriguing tapestry from sociological, autobiographical, pastoral and historical threads. She balances a journalistic report of how difficult chastity is for American Christians; a personal account of how she and her friends have approached premarital and marital sex; a survey of what the Bible, pastors and good Christian books say about the topic; and an overview of how chastity has been understood throughout Christian history. The candor with which Winner writes about sex may alarm some Christian readers, but those who follow her arguments to their conclusions will find themselves rewarded with fresh insights about an overdiscussed but still deeply entrenched problem among Christians. Interestingly, some of Winner's best insights are about married sex. She states early on that "in Christianity's vocabulary the only real sex is the sex that happens in marriage; the faux sex that goes on outside marriage is not really sex at all... [it] is only a distorted image of sex, as Walt Disney's Wilderness Lodge Resort is only a simulation of real wilderness." Winner places real sex not in the passionate world of one-night stands and dating relationships, but in the ordinary, domestic life of married couples. As such, she helpfully and perhaps even radically reframes both the Christian and cultural discussion of chastity and sexuality. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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