God Loves Sex

An Honest Conversation about Sexual Desire and Holiness

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Description

"It's rare to find a Christian book about sex that is real and helpful and honest. God Loves Sex is all of that and more."--Donald Miller, bestselling author of Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

The church's stance on sexual matters has been clear throughout history: all sexual activity outside the boundaries of Christian marriage is sin. So we hide our struggles and pretend to live above the erotic fray, or else we embrace the culture's redefinition of what is acceptable. But in this book Allender and Longman explore what the Bible really says about sexual desire and sexual intimacy.

God Loves Sex
offers a truly liberating, godly view of holy sensuality by recovering the clear meaning of the Song of Songs as God-sanctioned eroticism. Then it uses that lens to answer questions posed by a fictional new Christian struggling with expectations of sexual purity. It asks provocative questions, such as What does it mean to be both holy and filled with rich sexual desire? and How can our sexual struggles take us deeper into the purposes of God?

Pairing psychological insight with sound biblical scholarship, the authors bring desire and sex out into the open, allowing Christians of any age and any marital status to understand sex the way God meant it to be.

"This is not your average Christian book on sex. This is something better--and it is going to bring clarity, healing, and hope to a lot of people."--John Eldredge, author of Wild at Heart

"I have always loved the Song of Songs, but this book gives me a rich picture of how it can help us to something deeper in our marriage. So healing!"--Stasi Eldredge, author of Captivating and Becoming Myself

"In a world where sex most often lives in confusion, perversion, compulsion, guilt, and shame, it is wonderful that Allender and Longman use the Bible's sex song to restore sex to its original created beauty."--Paul David Tripp, author of Sex & Money

Dan B. Allender
is professor of counseling psychology and is former president of Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, Washington. He is the author of several books, including The Wounded Heart.

Tremper Longman III
is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in California. He has authored, coauthored, or edited numerous books, including The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary and commentaries on several biblical books, including Song of Songs.

Contributors

Dan B. Allender, Author

Dan B. Allender (MS, Barry College; MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary; PhD, Michigan State University) is professor of counseling psychology and former president of The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology in Seattle, Washington. He travels and speaks extensively on sexual-abuse recovery, love and forgiveness, worship, and other related topics. Allender is the author of fifteen books, including The Wounded Heart, and is coauthor of God Loves Sex.

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Tremper III Longman, Author

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Before coming to Westmont, he taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for eighteen years. He has authored or coauthored more than thirty books, including An Introduction to the Old Testament, How to Read Proverbs, The Lost World of the Flood, and commentaries on Genesis, Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah and Lamentations, and Daniel.

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DAN ALLENDER, Author