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Naked and Not Ashamed: How God Redeems Our Sexuality [Paperback]

Dan Scott

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Book Description

Feb. 1 2008

What is the connection between spirituality and sexuality? The churchs relative silence through the centuries on this subject has left many wondering if their sexual experience is separate from their spiritual experience or even a deterrent to it. As a result, many people are duped into seeing spirituality as a grab bag and sexuality as a free-for-all. With careful biblical analysis and appropriate candor, pastor Dan Scott highlights some of the fascinating links between sexuality and spiritual life:

  • Both require an intense focus on another person.
  • Both address the deep human need for intimacy.
  • Both exceed the limits of strictly rational thinking.
  • Both can help us use our imaginations in healthy ways.
  • Both are meaningful only in the context of a covenant.

Readers will discover how to integrate these two elements of their lives and allow them to powerfully enhance each other.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (Feb. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736921907
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736921909
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.2 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,007,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Some of us never got the talk from our folks, and still others of us were left to the mercy of our well-meaning but possibly misguided friends. Where do we find room for someone to explain that sex is spiritual and special, yet also meant to be sought, savored and even enjoyed within the confines of a committed marriage? Enter Scott, pastor and psychologist. With a well-balanced combination of personal and professional anecdotes, scriptural reference and approachability, Scott takes the whispered rumors of sex into a spirited discussion. He doesn't mince words—or topics—covering not only masturbation and ecstasy but also abuse and addiction. Working within the framework of a conservative Christian background, he gently (and not so gently) breaks down the walls so often created around the mysteries of intimacy, all the while stressing the need not only for covenant but for a transcendent relationship with God. In an unusual twist, Scott includes welcome references to Judaism and other religious traditions as well as Christianity. Readers struggling with this most personal part of their marriage should find comfort within these pages as they come to understand that far from being a distraction from spiritual life, sex is a form of spiritual life. (Feb.)
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About the Author

Dan Scott holds masters degrees in humanities and psychology and a postgraduate certificate in trauma, deprivation, and abuse. He is the author of The Emerging American Church and pastors a large interdenominational church in Nashville.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tearing Down the Facade Feb. 19 2008
By Daniel J. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
This book is not so much about taking off one's clothes as about taking off one's mask. It's not about arousal techniques but about healthy sexuality--physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Healthy sexuality is not about using a condom, but according to Scott, about linking the physical and spiritual components of humanness in order to achieve the deepest and most fulfilling levels of intimacy. It's about redeeming sex from the ubiquitous narcissism of the prevailing culture and centering it squarely in the context of covenant. Rarely does a book about sex explore these more profound levels, but this one does! With asides to Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, yet sprinkled with dozens of anecdotes drawn from his wide experience as a therapist, Dan Scott tackles the most relevant and difficult issues: sexual imagination, ecstasy, masturbation, addiction, deprivation, neurosis, perversion, obsession, abuse and the pathway toward recovery. This work is thoroughly Christian, yet thoroughly up-to-date (a combination that I would suppose many believe to be impossible). It is deeply compassionate, but it minces no words. Most important, Scott refuses to dance around those areas clouded by family dysfunction or distortion from embedded experience. Strange as it may seem, he repeatedly links sexuality with the dynamics of spirituality and worship, both by analogy and symbiosis. He truly captures the profound nuance of the ancient line from the Book of Common Prayer that once was a regular part of any marriage ceremony: "with my body I thee worship". Finally, the book is funny, because life and sex is often funny! Don't miss this one!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You GO Dan Scott!!! March 28 2008
By A. Y. Alvarez Rooney - Published on Amazon.com
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Dan's book is not only informative and intriguing, but it hits at the spiritual nerve of those of us who have complained for years about the hypocrisy of the Church preaching one thing and yet doing another. He addresses the "why's", "how's" and what to do to get help when our carnal lives are not in alignment with our spiritual lives. He does it with compassion, eloquence and humor as only Dan Scott can do. He loves God with all of his heart and this book is a true testiment to that truth....He also loves God's follower's and is willing to hold Christians accountable and challenge us to stop making excuses for behavior that can be changed and not "prayed away". Phenomenal writing and content. Everyone can benefit from reading this book, not just your pastor. You go Dan Scott!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Resource May 10 2009
By DrRod76 - Published on Amazon.com
Over the course of the last two years, I have read numerous books that deal with the subject of sexuality from a Christian perspective. Most of the books were very good, and I gained a lot from reading them. However, I would place this book near the very top of the list (along with "Sacred Sex" by Tim Gardner).

I have found that the most beneficial books on this topic present a perspective that causes the reader to really "think through" the issues for himself/herself, using a biblical framework as a point of reference. In this way, the person can truly "internalize" God's perspective - and God's principles - regarding his/her sexuality.

When this happens, the believer can learn how to "manage" his/her sexuality in a way that is not "legalistic", but "empowering". He/she learns how to "accept" and "celebrate" his/her sexuality, while at the same time respect and abide by God's "boundaries" in this area of life (which God established for our own benefit and protection).

Dan Scott does a masterful job at presenting his material in this manner. In addition, he effectively deals with the many ways in which people can develop unhealthy patterns in the handling of their sexuality. He shows why and how this can happen, and what can be done to obtain "healing" from these unhealthy perspectives and practices.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who desires to benefit from a balanced, biblical perspective on the subject of our sexuality. It will inspire the reader to "thank God" for creating him/her as a sexual being. It will also provide sound reasoning and teaching on why it is so important to manage one's sexuality within God's limits and boundaries.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book On Sexual Integration March 12 2011
By Vnsnator - Published on Amazon.com
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This book really delves into the importance of bringing our spirituality and our sexuality together. I found it to be a wonderfully fresh Christian approach to sex, and exposed many of the pitfalls of erroneous thinking about sex that so many Christians are stuck in. I can't say much beyond what other reviewers have said, however I'll add a few extra points: this book is primarily aimed at married people, for obvious reasons. I wish he had aimed at a slightly larger audience-- most of what he writes about is written with the assumption that you are married and as a single person, I found this somewhat alienating. The information is still highly relevant to unmarried people saving themselves sexually for their spouse. There was very little of the book directed at people who aren't in a committed relationship. That said, it was still very enlightening and useful; especially the chapter on masturbation. It is so refreshing to find a Christian author who approaches that topic both with candidness and a healthy approach devoid of the bizarre circular reasoning and faulty scripture references that most other Christian literature on this issue engages in.

It's absolutely worth reading. For a more complete understanding of sexuality in a Christian context, I recommend buying this in conjunction with "Authentic Sexuality: An Integrated Christian Approach".
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Information With Some Exceptions Sept. 25 2010
By letters2mary - Published on Amazon.com
This book does much to encourage people of faith to enjoy sexuality as a gift, to dispel the notion that holiness dwells in remaining prepubescent or sexually anorexic, and to offer some apologetics concerning why covenant is critical to healthy sexuality. While most of the discussion concerning the crisis in the Roman Catholic church has merit, the author fundamentally misapprehends the spiritual significance of a true (as opposed to a disordered) vow of celibacy. The relinquishing of active sexuality as a gift to God and in service to God has nothing to do with child predation. Unfortunately, predators have sought both solace and opportunity, and perhaps the opportunity for a "miracle cure" in entering the professional religious. (It cannot be overlooked, either, that female religious have also engaged in grave acts of sexual sadism, viz, the Magdelene laundry.) However, the notion that the church was too enamored of its institutional power to address the issue of clergy abuse misses the mark.

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