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Real Sex: The Naked Truth About Chastity

By Lauren F. Winner (Author) & Bernadette Dunn (Read by)
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Speaks candidly to single Christians about the difficulty - and the importance - of sexual chastity. With nuance and wit, the author talks about her own sexual journey. Never dodging tough terms life "confession" and "sin", she grounds her discussion of chastity first and foremost in Scripture. An essential read for single Christians grappling with chastity, for married Christians committed to monogamy, and for those who counsel them.

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SEX. Splashed across magazine covers, billboards, and computer screens - sex is thrilling, necessary, unavoidable. And everybody's doing it, right? // In Real Sex, Lauren Winner speaks candidly 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 ) Building on the thought of Wendell Berry, she argues that sex is communal rather than private, personal rather than public. // Refusing to slink away from thorny topics, Winner deftly addresses pornography, masterbation and the perennial question of "how far is too far?" Winner also digs deeper; What does chastity have to do with loving my neighbor? How does sexual behavior form habits and expectations? With compassion and grit, she calls us, whether married or single, to pursue chastity as conversion and amendment of life. // Real Sex is an essential read for single Christians grappling with chastity, for married Christians committed to monogamy, and for those who councel them.

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Studio: Hovel Audio
Running Time: 330.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.1" Width: 5.26" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.27 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   Hovel Audio
Edition  Unabridged  
ISBN  1596443448  
ISBN13  9781596443440  

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More About Lauren F. Winner & Bernadette Dunn

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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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.
A quick read that is rather insightful  Feb 18, 2008
A friend recommended this book and I have passed it along to others. A book that is thoughtfully written from the perspective of someone who has certainly not lead a "model" existance. However, it does show how God can really change us literally from the inside out.
Getting Real Is What Life is ( or should be) About   Oct 24, 2007
As an adult convert to the Christian faith, I found out real quickly that the `sin' Jesus died for was very real and doing quite well in my life.

I appreciate Lauren Winner sharing her own personal struggle because I can relate to her experiences, particularly her anger with the contemporary church. We do seem more interested in fighting the sins of the world than with the sins of our own heart.

I also agree with Lauren and can not understand why leaders in the church do not publicly address human sexuality from a biblical world view. The idea of sex had its origin in the mind of God. According to the Bible, it pleased God to make us male and female. The Bible also makes it clear that the first order of business was to populate the world and subdue it. SEX was God's idea and the bliss and pleasure were not necessary for procreation. Much can be said about Christian hedonism but I would refer anyone interested in ultimate pleasure to read John Piper's books Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist or When I Don't Desire God: How to Fight For Joy.

Lauren approached a lot of issues in her book. Some books, like this one, are inadequate for bringing resolution to a troubled heart. I have found that the Holy Spirit is often a disturber before He is a comforter. I am sure some readers felt the tension that comes with being convicted or provoked. I remember reading Pamela Paul's book "Pornified: How Pornography Is Damaging Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families: and being incredibly disturbed for things I had done and how they effected me and my family. A book I found very helpful to deal with my past is LOVE WITHOUT SHAME by David B. Wyrtzen. While all of these books are good resources for self examination, they can not substitute for what sinful people really need, and that is to be forgiven by a Savior who is just as real as the sin and subsequent guilty feelings. Healing for the soul can begin here ESV Thinline Bible, Premium Bonded Leather, Black, Red Letter Text.

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