The Bottom Line
- Carman Berry doesn't shy away from difficult issues
- The book has a great deal of history
- She doesn't limit her writing to one particular denomination
- The title alone may turn some people off
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Published: August 23, 2005
- Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc.
Guide Review - Carmen Berry - 'The Unauthorized Guide to Sex and Church'
Instead she started me out on a crash course in O.T. law, back when women were property and men could have as many wives and concubines as they could financially support. She moved forward to Jesus, and how He challenged those laws by redefining the rules of marriage, successfully explaining to me why it appeared in some of Paul's writings that he was against marriage. She took me through the various rulings on celibacy that came from some of our early church fathers and into the Reformation.
Far from just historical, Carman Berry even went into many of the issues of today, such as abortion, abstinence and homosexuality and shared the views on those topics from several of the major denominations.
If right about now you're wondering just what type of woman would write a book like this, Carman Berry herself believes in "celibacy as a spiritual discipline" for all Christian singles, so she's not advocating loose morals.
Simply put, this was a fascinating book and I was amazed at how the view of sex has changed over the centuries.