Blunt, honest, wise: Lauren Winner takes on contemporary Christian notions of 'good sex' with her usual hip learnedness. Equally deconstructing self-servingly casual or reflexively-prudish attitudes within the churches, she has done fine exegetical work in proposing correctives such as prayer and fasting as an aid to biblically understood chastity, insisting that men and women move away from selfish individualism and approach sex in a context of Christian communities that integrate wholesome sexuality, holiness, and faithfulness to tradition. Using both anecdotal case studies and theological reflection, Winner takes on the toughest questions straightforwardly and compassionately. Moderate cover wear, text heavily marked, highlighted, and annotated.
An Eighth Day View:
SEX. Splashed across magazine covers, billboards, and computer screens--sex is casual, aggressive, and absolutely everywhere. And everybody's doing it, right?
In "Real Sex," heralded young author Lauren F. Winner speaks candidly to Christians about the difficulty--and the importance--of sexual chastity. With honesty and wit, she 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. She confronts cultural lies about sex and challenges how we talk about sex in church. Her biblically grounded observations and suggestions will be especially valuable to unmarried Christians struggling with the sexual mania of today's culture.
"Real Sex" is essential reading for Christians grappling with chastity and a valuable tool for pastors.