The book has a eye-grabbing title and its content is engaging and at times as awkward feeling as the title – God Loves Sex. It is the subtitle that helps explain the angle of the book – An Honest Conversation About Sexual Desire and Holiness.
The book starts off with an defense of its approach to the Song of Songs as a poem of holy human sexuality and not treating the book of the Bible as an allegory of Christ and the church. While I appreciate the authors’ candor and wrestling through the intricacies of their theological approach, I do not believe a wholesale dismissal of allegory is called for; I think it would still be fair to say that the Song of Songs could be used allegorically for Christ and the church but a series of holy love poems is the better literal interpretive approach.
Overall, the book handles the topic of walking through Song of Songs tactfully while trying (not always fully successfully) to avoid being excessively explicit. The diary portions of the book brought out the human brokenness when it comes to sexuality in a way that had realism but could also be off-putting to some readers.
God Loves Sex has the potential to be helpful and healing for its readers, but as with any book on sex, in the hands of an immature person the book could perpetuate some of their struggles with destructive sexual desires.
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