Tuesday, November 15, 2016
But, seriously, it's probably not a book you'd want to read on the train on your morning commute to work. Then again, it could kickstart some very interesting conversations.
Despite the title, this is not a book about marriage. It's about the sexual revolution of the 1960s and 70s and how it promised sexual 'freedom', yet delivered pain, broken relationships and confusion. It's about God's view of sex, which is often very misunderstood by non-Christians (and even some Christians). Many of those outside the church assume God is a prude, that He is anti-sex, that Christians consider it to be something dirty and shameful. But, really, it's Christians who consider sex to be dirty and shameful that should be taking a long, hard look at themselves. God is FOR sex, He designed it, one need only read Song of Songs in the Bible to know that. It's just that He created boundaries for it to be enjoyed. When people strip (pardon the pun) those boundaries away, that is when it becomes sinful and terrible consequences come about...even though it might feel like 'freedom' at the time. Sex within the boundaries of marriage is meant for our good, our enjoyment, and God's glory.
The book explores the history of the sexual revolution and the Bible's teaching on sex. It's not a terribly profound read. It's good that the book offers hope at the end, by pointing readers towards the forgiveness offered in Christ. While the world may be a mess, God can and will forgive sexual sin if people turn to Jesus. I first read it as a new Christian back in 2002 and I learnt some new things. A new Christian or someone interested in what Christians believe about sex would be the people most likely to benefit from this book.
You can order this book from the Matthias Media Australian online store here.
Or the North American store here.