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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

cover of Sexuality and Holy Longing

This is a wonderful book. (Granted, I'm a bit biased, because it was written by one of my favorite professors at college..) I was able to be in a class called 'Sociology of Sexuality' in which we read this book, many related articles, and had honest, challenging discussions. Dr. McMinn is willing to address private issues without flinching, but with care, both in the classroom and in her published works. In addressing issues that hit so close to our souls, she still treats sexuality and all that goes with it as something sacred which needs to be respected.

God created us to be 'embodied and embedded' – this phrase is used throughout her book to mean sexuality is both genetic and environmental or learned. McMinn titles her chapters: rites of passage; adolescence; sleeping alone; birthing babies; mysteries of marriage; and sexuality and culture. mcminn connects academic ideas, Biblical values, and experience to make chapters which flow and make sense. Christians so often try not to be sexual – but God made us to be sexual, to be gendered, to be in physical bodies. This is a book worth reading – and ideas worth digesting and seeking to live out.

Title:Sexuality and Holy Longing: Embracing Intimacy in a Broken World
Author: Lisa Graham McMinn
Date published:2005
Genre:Sexuality / Spiritual
Number of pages: 182
Notes: Read for class


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