Phenomenal: "Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality" by Nancy R. Pearcey

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about the book....

Why the call to Love Thy Body? To counter a pervasive hostility toward the body and biology that drives today's headline stories:

Transgenderism: Activists detach gender from biology. Kids down to kindergarten are being taught their body is irrelevant to their authentic self. Is this affirming--or does it demean the body?

Homosexuality: Advocates disconnect sexuality from biological identity as male or female. Is this liberating--or does it denigrate biology?

Abortion: Supporters say the fetus is not a person, though it is biologically human. Does this mean equality for women--or does it threaten the intrinsic value of all humans?

Euthanasia: Those who lack certain cognitive abilities are said to be human but not persons. Is this compassionate--or does it ultimately put everyone at risk?

In Love Thy Body, bestselling author Nancy Pearcey goes beyond politically correct slogans with a riveting exposé of the dehumanizing worldview that shapes current watershed moral issues.

Pearcey then turns the tables on media boilerplate that misportrays Christianity as harsh or hateful. A former agnostic, she makes a surprising and persuasive case that Christianity is holistic, sustaining the dignity of the body and biology.

Throughout she entrances readers with compassionate stories of people wrestling with hard questions in their own lives--their pain, their struggles, their triumphs.

my review....

Over and over, I hear from those in the church that they often have no idea how to talk to others about the very complex issues of homosexuality, transgenderism, euthanasia, and a host of other difficult issues impacting our culture and our churches. Enter Nancy Pearcey's book, "Love Thy Body", a well-written, comprehensive resource that provides a framework to engage with these very issues. The premise of the book is straight-forward, showing how our culture has accepted the lie of a divide between "personhood" and our biological body, where our very body is no longer given value and our feelings instead reign supreme, even when they are at complete odds with our design. Pearcey patiently tackles each issue in light of this belief, showing that Christianity actually holds a high and respectful view of the body, that biology and the Christian view go hand in hand, and that this informs a loving response to worldviews that differ from Biblical truth. I greatly enjoyed the way she weaves together science and philosophy along with real stories from people who have wrestled with these issues and found grace along with courage to follow God's Word. Pearcey writes in a manner that is straightforward, without judgement, and seeking the best for people, and I am confident that those who take the time to work through each chapter are going to be truly blessed as they learn from her wisdom.

Quite honestly, "Love Thy Body" should be required reading for every Christian longing to connect with those around us, whether they are family members, friends, neighbours, or co-workers. Pearcey's book will empower us to engage in intelligent conversation seasoned with God's wisdom and his grace. I award this book my absolutely highest rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Nancy Pearcey
Nancy Pearcey is a bestselling, award-winning author who serves as professor of apologetics and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University. She is also editor at large of The Pearcey Report and a fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. Previous positions include visiting scholar at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute, professor of worldview studies at Cairn University, and the Francis A. Schaeffer scholar at the World Journalism Institute. She is the author of several books, including the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner Total Truth and most recently Finding Truth.

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