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At the Heart of the Gospel

At the Heart of the Gospel

Reclaiming the Body for the New Evangelization

by Christopher West

Christopher West has gone to the desert . . . and come back stronger than ever. Those who may previously have thought his work was one-sided in its celebration of the body and sexuality will find here, brought out more clearly than ever, the deep balance and integration that has always been the foundation of his work.

 

—Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of Saint Louis

About the Book & Author

About the Book & Author

At the Heart of the Gospel demonstrates how the "great mystery" of human sexuality illuminates the entirety of God's plan for human life and gives us an effective program for reaching the modern world in the new evangelization.

Read an Excerpt

Read an Excerpt

By Christopher West

What is the role of the body, sexuality, and marriage in understanding the Gospel itself and the sacramental life of the Church? Read the Introduction from the new book on Catholicism and sexuality by Christopher West.

 

Catholic Call to Arms: Defend the Splendor of Sexual Love!

Catholic Call to Arms: Defend the Splendor of Sexual Love!

By Christopher West

When sex is oriented against lasting love and against life, the end result is that love doesn't last, families collapse, and human life erodes at its very foundation.

The Saving Power of Sex: An Interview with Christopher West

The Saving Power of Sex: An Interview with Christopher West

By Deborah Arca

What is the gospel according to sex? Author Christopher West discusses what the body has to do with the life of the Church.

Book Club Roundtable

A Worthy Interpreter of the Theology of the Body

A Worthy Interpreter of the Theology of the Body

By Marcel LeJeune

Without West, I might never have heard about the Theology of the Body (TOB) and I would never have had my life transformed by it or written my book on it. For this, and more, many Catholics are grateful.

Why Do Catholics Talk About Sex So Much?

Why Do Catholics Talk About Sex So Much?

By Elizabeth Scalia

Yeah…we're all talking sex. And it's not the message the mainstream keeps telling you it is. It's deeper, and it's authentic, and it makes one rich instead of poor, full instead of empty.

God's Beautiful Design for Our Bodies

God's Beautiful Design for Our Bodies

By Sarah Reinhard

I've been following West's work for some time, but this book brings something new to the table. For one thing, he ties in two of my favorite topics—Theology of the Body and the New Evangelization—together in a way that is nothing less than brilliant.

Our Bodies and the Meaning of Love

Our Bodies and the Meaning of Love

By Brandon Vogt

West sees the "theology of the body" as a powerful "touch point" by which believers can connect with the secular world.

To Boldly Go Where John Paull II Has Gone Before

To Boldly Go Where John Paull II Has Gone Before

By Rev. Michael O'Donnell

Reading At the Heart of the Gospel was like getting Chris to sit still for an hour or two, tone down the rhetoric, and simply—albeit deeply theological at times—tell us what about TOB makes him want to devote his entire life to a message that, for West, is at the heart of the Gospel.

The Sensual Nature of God

The Sensual Nature of God

By Patton Dodd

Sex combines our most basic urges with our most soulful intentions, and the gospel, if it hopes to speak to us at all, must speak to that intersection.

To Boldly Go with John Paul II Has Gone Before: Part II

To Boldly Go with John Paul II Has Gone Before: Part II

By Rev. Michael O'Donnell

If Patton Dodd seems strangely drawn to Catholic teachings, it may just be this bond between the spiritual and the sensual—the quintessential "sacred romance." After all, we are guys—are we not attracted to what we see?

Blazing the Trail of the TOB

Blazing the Trail of the TOB

By Deacon Jim Russell

I believe the "desert" experience of West's sabbatical has left him poised to continue blazing the trail, ever onward and upward, on the "holy mountain" that is John Paul II's "Theology of the Body."

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