Naked and Not Ashamed: How God Redeems Our Sexuality Paperback – Feb 1 2008
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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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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.
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".
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