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Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations About Sexuality and Spirituality
By Debra Hirsch
"If you are willing to invest the time to listen—really listen—to what Deb Hirsch is saying about the vexing and complex nature of human sexuality, you won't fail to be moved by her allegiance to radical grace, her trust in the potency of genuine hospitality and her unyielding confidence in the power of God to reconcile, repair and renew us all."
—Michael Frost, author of "Incarnate and Exiles"
"With lived experience, direct frankness and a pastoral heart, Deb Hirsch addresses the church on sexuality. In so doing, 'Redeeming Sex' prepares the way for the places the church must go to be 'among' today's confused and strife-ridden world of sexuality. It is a vulnerable gift that moves us beyond faulty stereotypes and pre-set notions. I cannot think of a better book to start the conversation."
—David Fitch, Northern Seminary, author of "Prodigal Christianity"
"Finally. A thoughtful, biblical, yet paradigm-busting discussion on the hottest topic in the church and culture today. 'Redeeming Sex' pulls no punches yet graciously guides us toward the heart of God in our human sexuality."
—Hugh Halter, author of "Flesh"
"I can't think of a person I'd rather listen to give us biblical, Jesus-lens insight—out of the mixture of opinions, confusion, joy, difficulties, grittiness, honesty, hurts, healing, reality, questions, wonder and beauty of this topic—than my friend Deb Hirsch. I believe this is going to totally connect with the hearts of so many needing to move beyond the usual explanations or ways this discussion normally happens as we rethink, rediscover and redeem sexuality."
—Dan Kimball, pastor, Vintage Faith Church, author, "They Like Jesus but Not the Church"
"Join the conversation about 'Redeeming Sex'. Deb takes a challenging conversation and brings humility, authenticity and truth to help us all talk more openly and honestly about this important topic. Thank you, Deb Hirsch!"
—Dave Ferguson, lead pastor, Community Christian Church, lead visionary, NewThing
"Debra Hirsch's own story—and what she learned about sex before and after meeting Jesus—is both convincing and convicting. But the book is more than testimony. Debra makes intelligent, faithful use of Scripture and of authors who have engaged with this topic. She also untangles key differences between sexuality and cultural roles. Noting the Bible's extensive 'sexual language and imagery,' Debra affirms that 'our sexuality lies close to our spirituality.' Her book can lead Christians to an integration of sex and sanctity that enriches both—and makes us more faithful and redemptive disciples of Jesus Christ."
—Howard A. Snyder, author of "Homosexuality and the Church"
"The beautiful heart of 'Redeeming Sex' is an exploration of the claim that Jesus is the embodiment of sexuality and spirituality, and in him, we find our model for right living and right loving. With powerful personal narrative, witty and earthy language, and sincere scriptural study, Debra Hirsch encourages readers to connect all of their lives—even the sexual dimension of life—with the life of Christ. The book provides a clear and thoughtful example of how to maintain a traditional Christian sexual ethic and at the same time treat both gay and straight persons equally. Traditionalists seeking this balance will learn much from her stories and advice."
—Jenell Paris, Messiah College, author of "The End of Sexual Identity"
"In 'Redeeming Sex', Deb Hirsch helps the church catch a vision of relationship that can lead to love and life where now there is often confusion and pain. She tears down the barriers and fears that have long been in place to protect us from the 'dangers' of true intimacy. I appreciate her openness and honesty as hard questions around gender and sexuality are explored from a place of love and a desire for holy intimacy."
—Bruxy Cavey, teaching pastor at the Meeting House and author of "The End of Religion"
"This book challenges us to love God and people through the lens of our sexuality.Deb pushes us to see sexuality not as something to be done secretly in closets and dark rooms but as the beauty of God. This book challenges—for sure—but it's a must read."
—Leroy Barber, global executive director, Word Made Flesh