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"You can't talk about sexuality without talking about how we were made. And that will inevitably lead you to who made us. At some point you have to talk about God. Sex. God. They're connected. And they can't be separated. Where the one is, you will always find the other."

—from Sex God

Published: HarperCollins on Jul 24, 2012
ISBN: 9780062197245
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An analysis of the connections between sexuality and Christianity.The author does well at showing how modern views of sexuality and the goal of sexuality in modern culture really involves yearnings and desires that are far deeper.He shows well how marriage and sex were always intended to be a physical representation of the spiritual connections that ought to exist between a human and his God and his fellow man. Controversial often, but compelling throughout. If one can stomach the title and the explored associations, it's worth the read.read more
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What is it about:How sexuality, spirituality, being human,being a Christian, loving others, dating, marriage,letting go of your past, relationships...are all inter-connected.What went through my mind:Instead 0f calling this a book,it's more like a collection of insights / wise sayings.I liked how the book is not written likea (boring) lecture / theological discussion,but simply the thought process of a fellow Christ-follower,contemplating how to connect the dots in life,so things would fall into place in God's bigger picture --Glad that i got to take a peek at his ideas : )Why Should you read it, too?Just to gain some fresh ideas about life & God & people.& No, this book doesn't talk exclusively about SEX."This is really (not) about THAT."read more
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A superb exploration of spirituality and sexuality from Christian perspectives. Rob Bell's book is rooted in practical examples and situations, and is informed by a deep understanding of Christian writings. His style is clear and engaging, drawing the reader in and then bringing you up short with new insights. I loved it.read more
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An analysis of the connections between sexuality and Christianity.The author does well at showing how modern views of sexuality and the goal of sexuality in modern culture really involves yearnings and desires that are far deeper.He shows well how marriage and sex were always intended to be a physical representation of the spiritual connections that ought to exist between a human and his God and his fellow man. Controversial often, but compelling throughout. If one can stomach the title and the explored associations, it's worth the read.
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What is it about:How sexuality, spirituality, being human,being a Christian, loving others, dating, marriage,letting go of your past, relationships...are all inter-connected.What went through my mind:Instead 0f calling this a book,it's more like a collection of insights / wise sayings.I liked how the book is not written likea (boring) lecture / theological discussion,but simply the thought process of a fellow Christ-follower,contemplating how to connect the dots in life,so things would fall into place in God's bigger picture --Glad that i got to take a peek at his ideas : )Why Should you read it, too?Just to gain some fresh ideas about life & God & people.& No, this book doesn't talk exclusively about SEX."This is really (not) about THAT."
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A superb exploration of spirituality and sexuality from Christian perspectives. Rob Bell's book is rooted in practical examples and situations, and is informed by a deep understanding of Christian writings. His style is clear and engaging, drawing the reader in and then bringing you up short with new insights. I loved it.
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Bell is big on "'This' is really about 'that'." So many seemingly normal experiences in our lives actually have a lot to say about our sexuality. I love this book because certain Christians have made sex an overly hot-button or tabboo issue. But Bell makes a great case for a redeeming sexual ethic without sounding preachy at all.
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Bell is clever --he cites Banksy at one point-- but the book is completely Christian-centric. The sub-title belies the book's narrow focus on one religious tradition. He then holds up the June Carter - Johnny Cash union while conveniently omitting it's adulterous origins. "Ring of Fire" is not exactly obtuse in its symbolism -- to a Biblical literalist it is not even symbolic (e.g.: defile holy union, burn in hell.) So, from within the frame work Bell has placed himself this seems a disingenous slight of pen. Not so off, perhaps, as suggesting that the fruit of the tree of life was a watermelon. Sorry, I am missing the punchline on that one.
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Relax, folks, this is not a call to worship Yahweh like some kind of fertility idol. It’s just another of Bell’s weird book titles.I’m a Bell fan, but I confess this wasn’t one of my favorites. If we’re gonna talk about this stuff, well, there are lots of interesting passages in the Bible about sex, sexuality, and the sexes. But Bell ignores all the interesting discussion, and zeroes in on two basic themes:1. Sex is a reality of life. We’re not animals and we’re not angels. (I’d argue that we’re both, but I’ll save that for another time). The Bible says we’re higher than the animals, and we’re higher than the angels! Sex should not degenerate into animalistic urges, but neither should we pretend we’re sexless beings like angels. It’s a special, if confusing, gift.2. But don’t do it until you’re ready for marriage. In the Bible, sex was the final, binding act of a marriage. It is not the ceremony that joins two people together forever, it is the carnal act, and this is God’s way.Bell plays more of the role of a pastor than a teacher in this book, so I found it less interesting than his other works. But maybe it’s just what you’re looking for.
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