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Stories for His Glory

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel by Christopher Yuan September 12, 2018

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Dr. Christopher Yuan explores the concept of holy sexuality—chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage—in a practical and relevant manner, equipping readers with an accessible yet robust theology of sexuality. Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you’re wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God’s grand story and realize that holy sexuality is actually good news for all.

My thoughts:

This was a very insightful book. It didn’t give some of the answers you come to expect on this topic and it really spun my thinking around a bit.

Christopher showed that these desires that people are following are really all about stealing our identity. The enemy wants nothing more then to trick people into believing they are what they feel and instead of they do what they feel. They become what they feel and this isn’t what God intended.

There were many great qoutes in this book here are a few:

“We don’t need to find our identity,; our identity is give by God.” Location 241

“The imago Dei is the only true foundation of human rights” Image of God. Location 370

“Instead of determining how we ought to live based on enduring patterns of erotic desires, God’s call for all humanity, quite simply, is holiness.” Location 783

There is much more to this book then these few quotes but it was very eye-opening. If you find this topic interesting I recommend this book.

Visit Christopher here.

Grab your copy at  your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

Alive: Gospel Sexuality for Students September 11, 2018

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About:

Alive: Gospel Sexuality for Students gives teenagers and young adults a biblical, gospel-centered framework to understand sexual issues. In a changing culture where feelings about our identity inform our sexual choices, this ten-week small group resource by Cooper Pinson of Harvest USA, applies biblical truth in a compassionate way to sexual struggles.

Cooper Pinson, with years of experience working with students, aims to bring the theological truths of our union and communion with Christ into the world of sexuality. Students are met where they are and encouraged to talk about the issues that are part of their everyday world. At the same time, they are guided to learn robust, deep, and strengthening theological content that will help them follow Jesus in how they express their sexuality.

Out of this framework, topics addressed include God’s good design for sexuality, gender-related issues, singleness, dating, marriage, masturbation, pornography, and same-sex attraction, among others. Students are shepherded to understand their sexuality in the light of who Jesus is and to approach these issues with truth, faith, and compassion.

My thoughts:

This would be a great group study for teens. It talks about a lot of issues that we often try to sweep under the rug. I  believe the way this is laid out and the questions it offers would highly engage the teen reader.

There are truly tough topics in this study but we can’t keep ignoring them, they are not going away. We need to empower our young people to deal with the many issues around them and this study will do this.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon or your favorite retailer.

A copy of this book was given to me by New Growth Press. All opinions are my own. 

 

God’s Design for Sexuality in a Changing Culture August 28, 2018

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About DVD set:

Everyone outside the church is talking about sexual issues gender identity, same-sex attraction, same-sex marriage the world s perspective on these issues has certainly changed over the last decade. So how do you answer questions about God s design for sexuality for church members and their families? Is your church equipping your people to understand a biblical perspective on sexuality and form a gospel-based response to questions from both inside and outside the church?

Harvest USA, an organization that has been thinking biblically and redemptively about these issues for decades, has now made available a video series that will help you wisely, kindly, and truthfully help your church to understand God s biblical design for sexuality and give direction on how to speak the truth in love to the world around us.
The seminar consists of fifteen 30-minute videos (suitable for use during Sunday school or in small group), downloadable leader guide, and participant outlines that address questions and topics about God s design for sexuality including the following:

  • Why do we need to talk about sex?
  • Why do we struggle with our sexuality?
  • Is God s design for sexuality still relevant today?
  • What does the Bible really say about homosexuality?
  • Can you change if you are gay?
  • How can a single person live out God s design for their sexuality?
  • Understanding gender and transgender issues
  • Pornography
  • How to help the sexual struggler
  • Key steps for raising sexually healthy kids
  • Keeping your kids safe in an Internet world

My thoughts:

Wow. This DVD series touches on everything. If you’ve wondered about it, this series will tackle it.

The speakers in these DVD’s bring up excellent points, things I haven’t even thought of. Basically, how uneducated the church is to deal with this changing culture. We must know what we are talking about, we must be prepared.

I appreciated that each speaker also stressed love. God’s love, not the love the world tries to over. That we need to love these people who struggle with their sexuality.

This isn’t anything fancy. It’s just pastors behind a podium speaking truth. But isn’t that all we really need?

I would recommend this for small groups or churches. These are topics that church can’t continue to ignore.

Grab a set of DVD’s for your church or small group at your local bookstore, Amazon, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

A copy of these DVDs were given to by New Growth Press. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

What Does the “S” Word Mean? October 3, 2013

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By

Denny Burk

From the back cover:

Sex.

We live in a world that loves it without understanding it. This book clearly explains the truth about sex and winsomely responds to society’s evolving views on human sexuality and gender.

From marriage to birth control, homosexuality to singleness, What is the Meaning of Sex? sets forth a distinctly Christian perspective, equipping you to engage our confused culture with a God-glorifying vision of human sexuality.

My thoughts:

Yes, I do know what sex is, I have two kids 🙂 But let’s be honest, I think if we had better understanding of what God originally intended sex to be we might have a lot less issues in our marriages. So I am always looking for books to open up my understanding in this area.

Denny, the author, brings up many thought-provoking questions that had me going…hmmmm…what was God thinking when He did that?

But for the most part this book was a bit to textbook-like for me. When I say that I don’t mean it’s basic stuff, it’s not at all. It is very wordy with words like: teleological and consequentialist. I am a simple girl, and I as I have stated before I like personal stories woven into non-fiction books to make them more appealing to me. Denny does a great job defining these words but I still felt like I was sitting in a lecture hall and getting lost in the crowd.

Needless to say, this book wasn’t for me. However, I think other people who like wordy, heady stuff will enjoy this book and glean a lot of valuable information from it.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, or Christianbook.com. This book doesn’t release until October 31st.

Visit Denny’s website here.

An ebook copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.