About the Book"A powerful call for Christians to understand sex as a window into God's story of love and redemption, and a validating guide to living with authentic love in a changing culture"--
Book SynopsisA powerful call for Christians to understand sex as a window into God's story of redemption, and a validating guide to living with authentic love in a changing culture--from the influential pastor and author of The Skeletons in God's Closet. Beautiful isn't likely the first word that comes to mind when we think about sex. Our reactions are as varied as our experiences and backgrounds. Perhaps the word brings up past baggage. Perhaps it holds yearning for a dream that has never come true. Maybe we would rather not talk about it. Maybe it's all we want to talk about. Around us, our culture is divided by this topic. On one side, "progressive" voices seek to dismantle historic Christian teachings to fit current norms. On the other side, "conservative" voices can reinforce messages of shame, judgement, and repression. Beautiful Union offers a third way, one that is both true and beautiful. It gives us a provocative, positive look into the deepest Christian understanding of sex . . . and what sex reveals about God, our world, and even ourselves. Through biblical teaching and livable, joyful answers to our tough questions about sexuality, author and pastor Joshua Ryan Butler shows how sex illuminates the structure of creation, the nature of salvation, the abundance of God's kingdom, and God's heartbeat for the world. Discover afresh the beautiful invitation of our sexuality . . . as God intended it to be.
About the AuthorJoshua Ryan Butler is a lead pastor of Redemption Tempe, a thriving church near Arizona State University. He is also an award-winning author of two critically acclaimed books. He and his wife, Holly, along with their three children, reside in Arizona.