Our Bodies Tell God's Story
Discovering the Divine Plan for Love, Sex, and Gender
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In response to a world awash in sexual chaos and gender confusion, this book offers a bold and thoroughly biblical look at the meaning of the body, sex, gender, and marriage.
Bestselling author, cultural commentator, and popular theologian Christopher West is one of the world's most recognized teachers of John Paul II's Theology of the Body. He specializes in making this teaching accessible to all Christians, with particular attention to evangelicals. As West explains, from beginning to end the Bible tells a story of marriage. It begins with the marriage of man and woman in an earthly paradise and ends with the marriage of Christ and the church in an eternal paradise.
In our post-sexual-revolution world, we need to remember that our bodies tell a divine story and proclaim the gospel itself. As male and female and in the call to become "one flesh," our bodies reveal a "great mystery" that mirrors Christ's love for the church (Eph. 5:31-32). This book provides a redemptive rather than repressive approach to sexual purity, explores the true meaning of sex and marriage, and offers a compelling vision of what it means to be created male and female.
Foreword by Eric Metaxas
1. Our Bodies Tell God's Story
2. Sex in the Garden of Eden
3. The Fall and Redemption of Sex
4. Will There Be Sex in Heaven?
5. This Is a Profound Mystery
6. Sex Refers to Christ and His Church
7. Keeping God in the Bedroom
"[A] much-needed and timely work. . . . Having been raised Catholic but evangelized largely by Protestant believers during his college years, West is fluent in both languages, so to speak, which makes him the perfect candidate to write this book. In his introduction, West mentions the debt of gratitude he feels towards his Protestant brothers and sisters for inspiring him with their commitment to Christ and their love for God's word. As you enter more and more into this study of God's Word, you will surely agree with me that we also owe him our gratitude for making John Paul II's Theology of the Body accessible and relatable to the whole body of Christ."
Eric Metaxas (from the foreword)
"Protestants are long overdue for serious and substantial engagement with Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. Christopher West's valuable introduction to the work is the best sort of appetizer: it satisfies but does so by deepening the reader's interest in moving on to the main course. This clear and persuasive introduction should be read and wrestled with by evangelical pastors and laypeople everywhere."
Matthew Lee Anderson, founder and lead writer at MereOrthodoxy.com; author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith
"No one has done as much to make the Theology of the Body accessible to ordinary people as Christopher West. In Our Bodies Tell God's Story, West presents John Paul II's biblical reflections in a way that Christians of all denominations and traditions will appreciate. This is the book Christians need to equip themselves with in order to respond to the sexual revolution."
Ryan T. Anderson, author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment and Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom
"For those wanting a Christian understanding of sex and God's wonderful creation of men and women, this very readable text is the place to start. It is an important book for Catholic, evangelical, and Orthodox Christians, especially those struggling with the confusion about such things that are embraced by post-Christian America. Our culture has become unmoored from the traditional faith, and Christopher West brings us back to those ancient paths by presenting a proper understanding of sex, gender, love, and marriage."
Thomas S. Buchanan, senior editor, Touchstone