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Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity [Paperback]

By Lauren F. Winner (Author)
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With honesty and wit, Winner talks about her struggle to live a celibate life. Never dodging tough terms like "confession" and "sin," Winner grounds her discussion of chastity first and foremost in Scripture.

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SEX. Splashed across magazine covers, billboards, and computer screens--sex is casual, aggressive, and absolutely everywhere. And everybody's doing it, right?
In "Real Sex," heralded young author Lauren F. Winner speaks candidly to Christians about the difficulty--and the importance--of sexual chastity. With honesty and wit, she talks about her struggle to live a celibate life. Never dodging tough terms like "confession" and "sin," Winner grounds her discussion of chastity first and foremost in Scripture. She confronts cultural lies about sex and challenges how we talk about sex in church. Her biblically grounded observations and suggestions will be especially valuable to unmarried Christians struggling with the sexual mania of today's culture.
"Real Sex" is essential reading for Christians grappling with chastity and a valuable tool for pastors.

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In Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity, Lauren Winner speaks candidly to single Christians about the difficulty and the importance of sexual chastity. With nuance and wit, she talks about her own sexual journey. Never dodging tough terms like "confession" and "sin," she grounds her discussion of chastity first and foremost in Scripture. She confronts cultural lies about sex and challenges how we talk about sex in church (newsflash: however wrong it is, premarital sex can feel liberating and enjoyable!). She argues that sex is communal rather than private, personal rather than public. Includes discussion questions.
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Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity by Lauren F. Winner has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 03/01/2011 page 48

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Brazos Press
Pages   183
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   Baker Publishing Group
Edition  Reprinted  
ISBN  1587431971  
ISBN13  9781587431975  

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More About Lauren F. Winner

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lauren F. Winner, the former book editor for Beliefnet, has appeared on PBS s "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly "and has written for "The" "New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, "and" Christianity Today." Her essays have been included in "The Best Christian Writing 2000" and "The Best Christian Writing 2002." Winner has degrees from Columbia and Cambridge universities and is currently at work on her doctorate in the history of American religion. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia."

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great concept- point sometimes missed  Dec 12, 2008
I genuinely liked some of the ideas presented in this book. Yes, the church has a long way to go when it comes to how they choose to teach chastity and purity in a sex-saturated world, and Winner brings up some great points. At times though, her line of reasoning and logic is hard to follow, and often times convoluted. The heart of the book is great, you might just have to re-read things a few times to understand what she's talking about. And unless you have a supersized vocabulary (I'd call mine better than the average American's) be prepared to whip out your dictionary.
Nice Ideas   Dec 4, 2008
I haven't personally finished the book yet, but it is full of thoughtful ideas that I could never actually put my finger on before. For example, you know when you just *know* that something is wrong with someone's argument or idea, but you just can't exactly describe what or why? Well, Lauren Winner shares a lot of ideas and explains them in a way that helps the reader "put your finger" right on that very thing. At least it has been helping me out personally.
Some good ideas, but not fully realistic  Nov 16, 2008
I'm a Christian who's been practicing abstinence for religious reasons, and wanted to do some further reading on the topic to help clarify my views on the issue. I read several books on the topic (the others were Sex for Christians by Lewis B. Smedes, Boundaries in Dating by Henry Cloud & John Townsend, and When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric & Leslie Ludy), and this was among the better ones, though not the best (Smedes' book takes those honors).

Winner has a few interesting ideas in her book. She recommends limiting physical activities to only what you would be willing to be seen doing in public. She encourages the church to form an active community of accountability to help support and encourage people in their dating lives. She also takes a very pragmatic approach to marriage, but lauds the role of sex within that marriage.

It's an interesting read, but not the best text on the subject that I found (again, the best was Smedes' Sex for Christians).
Worth every penny... and then some!  Oct 13, 2008
As a young twenty-something year old female, I truly was in a bind as to what priorities I should be putting, especially with regards to romance- since our modern day society likes to remind us that it is NOT good to be single...
As the only single gal amongst a sea of couples.. well, I was feeling quite intimidated. I found myself lowering my standards, and I made a bad error (or three). I prayed for God to help me grow more mature with regard to my ideas of sex and love. He granted my prayer, without me even realizing it initally: with this book.

Real Sex is everything I could've ever wanted in a Christian Sex book, and more. Winner does not shrug sex off as a mortal sin that must be tamped down, nor does she suggest rolling in the hay with as many individuals as possible (something that is suggested by many Romance-help books out there). Instead, Winner walks with you through each step of sexual/romantic recovery/discovery, with Biblical references acting as neat little touchstones to God. She quotes everything from the NIV to the Simpsons (tv show)... and just about everyone/anyone in between. On top of all this- she is a prolific writer.
One point that I really enjoyed was how she handled the "No Kissing Before Marriage" contracts that many Christians decide on. I won't tell you her views; just read it. I was impressed with her examples of how to handle the situations of courtship, and temptation, especially since I wasn't feeling Joshua Harris' strict rules of intimacy. I feel like Winner is much more in touch with the average gal who.. hey, has a high sex drive.

Oh, she doesn't shy away from pornography, either- something that much of the Church is still too paranoid/naive to talk about.

All in all.. this book really helped me out on my walk, and I highly suggest it to any single Christian out there looking for some guidance from an author who has "Been there, done that", knows about sex (in all of its allure), and also knows about God's forgiving love... and how to get there.
Good read  Sep 28, 2008
I liked what the book had to say. I did have a bit of an issue with the way it was written, so parts were just longer than should have been.

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