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Sex for Christians: The Limits and Liberties of Sexual Living [Paperback]

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Pages   244
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.97" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1999
ISBN  0802807437  
EAN  9780802807434  

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Item Description...
Considered one of the definitive statements on sex and sexuality from a Christian perspective, Sex for Christians offers frank yet compassionate discussion that is at once refreshingly open-minded and strongly biblical. This edition adds discussions of AIDS and talk of "safe sex", cohabitation, homosexuality, and the need to develop Christian strategies regarding sex.

Publishers Description
Now considered a classic statement on sex and sexuality from a Christian perspective, Lewis B. Smedes's Sex for Christians offers a frank yet compassionate discussion that is refreshingly open-minded and strongly biblical. The book is divided into three major sections. The first, "Sex and Christian People," overviews human sexuality -- its created goodness, its sinful distortions, and its redeemed potential -- what we are as human sexual beings. Part Two, "Sex and Single People," and Part Three, "Sex and Married People," are about sexual behavior in each succeeding stage of life -- the things we do as sexual beings.With the addition of an extensive epilogue, Smedes brings his text into clear focus with today's pressing issues -- AIDS, cohabitation, homosexuality, and the need to develop Christian strategies regarding sex. And with the hindsight of two decades since Sex for Christians first came out, Smedes presents an even stronger statement of his two sources of authority: the Bible's moral standards regarding sex, and the authority of reality as we discern it.Smedes's attempt to present "a Christian perspective for a truly human sexual life" has resulted in a sexual morality that, within a biblical perspective, is as liberating as it is limiting.

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More About Lewis B. Smedes

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lewis B. Smedes, former professor of theology and ethics at Fuller Theological Seminary, is the author of many books, including "The Art of Forgiving" and "The Good Life."

Lewis B. Smedes was born in 1921 and died in 2002.

Lewis B. Smedes has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Studies in Dogmatics
  2. What God Expects from Ordinary People

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
reccomended  Jan 24, 2007
Lauren Winner reccomeded reading this book for Christians. Core message in this book is biblical, which doesn't change with culture generation to generation.
Not for immature Christians!!  Mar 13, 2006
If the utterly clique, tired, and EMPTY "Christian" modern teachings on sex that you usually hear has left you wanting, this book is for you. If you're looking to justify what you've already decided to believe...well then...this book, along with every book in existence, is not for you. This book cuts through all the moralism and legalism that sexually insecure Christians spew and gets straight to the heart of matters.
An open and honest view on sexuality.  Aug 2, 2005
This book is very straightforward about sex and its relationship to people. In college, this was one of our textbooks for an Ethics class, and I remember being impressed with its view of sex as a joyful, beautiful and SACRED part of a marriage. It seems that with media we get a "do it all you want/can" morality that leaves out the sacred/spiritual part of a person, so this book is a good balance to that view.
I plan to give this book to my eldest niece for her 13th birthday so that she has another perspective from which to view sex and to make her own decisions about her body and her sexuality.
I wasn't too keen about the view of homosexuality in this book, but I tend to be more liberal about the gay lifestlye than most of the fundamental Christianity camp.
The Joy God Means Us To Have  Jul 28, 2003
This is THE best book I've ever read on the subject. Smedes presents a biblically sound view of sex and in so doing allows Christ to bring joy and freedom to our whole person.
I actually give it a Zero.  Aug 10, 2002
I was rather disappointed when I read this book. What I basically got from this book was that it is okay to do sexual activities such as sexual petting, heavy petting, and all of the above...including sexual intercourse depending on your circumstance. I was disappointed. If this is the case then where does chastity and purity end and immorality and impurity begin? He contradicts himself by saying that (heavy) petting is ok but then says one mustn't confuse himself by thinking that he/she is chaste if he does decide to pet. Well then what is the point? There were many contradictions in this book.

The next problem I had dealt with the pornography section of his book. He states that it is ok for the husband to look at porn as long as he isn't comparing that porn to his wife and other things. I don't know a woman in the world that enjoys being married to a man who wants to view porn. (I'm talking about Christian women.)

I remember reading the book and putting it down close to the end out of disgust! I'm not saying his book is totally horrible. There are some things addressed in there that are actually good...however, these things are very few.

If you believe that sexual petting and all the other stuff that comes after that is ok, then you may like this book. If you don't, then I'm sure that you will be, like me, disappointed. Don't agree? Again...this is just my opinion.


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