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Sexuality and Holy Longing

Movies, music, television and radio talk shows, billboards, pop-up screens on computers¾ everywhere we turn we are bombarded with explicit and often disturbing messages about sex.  It’ s no surprise that our perceptions about sex have become confused and broken.

In this powerful and much-needed book, Lisa McMinn shows how many of us have unwittingly absorbed cultural ideas about gender and sexuality that are not supported by faith. "Sexuality and Holy Longing" offers Christians the information we need to respond more thoughtfully and honestly to the challenges of living well and embracing our sexuality as broken people in a broken world. This book tackles the tough questions about gender and sexuality from a faith perspective such as: What does “ submission” really mean?  How should the church respond to homosexuality? and How should parents deal with the surging hormones of preteens and teens?

"Sexuality and Holy Longing" offers a thoughtful guide to understanding sexuality at all stages of life ¾ childhood, teen years, early adulthood, midlife, and old age¾ and addresses topics such as sexuality for those who are divorced, widowed, or never married. The book is filled with ways that we can nurture ourselves and others by creating rituals and rites of passage that honor our godly bodies at each stage of life. Thought-provoking questions for reflection at the end of each chapter inspire us to action in reclaiming our sexuality through grace.

"Sexuality and Holy Longing" offers couples, friends, and communities of faith an opportunity to respond thoughtfully and honestly to the challenges of affirming our God-given sexuality.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Stanley J. Grenz. Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. Rites of Passage: The Quest for Manhood and Womanhood. 2. Adolescence: Awakenings and Choices. 3. Sleeping Alone: Sexuality and Singleness. 4. Birthing Babies: The Essence of Early Motherhood (and Fatherhood). 5. Mysteries of Marriage: Bone of My Bone, Flesh of My Flesh. 6. Sexuality and Culture: Bodies and Scripts. Epilogue: Beauty from Ashes. Notes. The Author. Index.

About the Author

Lisa Graham McMinn is a professor at Wheaton College where she teaches courses in family and sociology. She is the author of Growing Strong Daughters and speaks, writes, and teaches on gender issues in the church. She has been married to her husband, Mark McMinn, for twenty-four years, and together they have parented three daughters.


"...excellent examination of sexuality provides a refreshing perspective on sexuality in general". ( Publishers Weekly, December 22, 2003) "...a compassionate and thorough examination of human sexuality from teen hormones to singles sleeping alone that's often left untouched by congregations" (Dallas Morning News)

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