hirsch-ad2Rarely have I anticipated the publication of a book as much as I have with Deb Hirsch’s Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations About Sexuality and Spirituality. After waiting for more than two years, I can say without hesitation that it was well worth the wait.

In Redeeming Sex, Deb provides a thoughtful, holistic, biblical vision of sex and gender issues that not only honors the ways of Jesus, but also offers a much-needed and helpful approach to thinking well about one of the most misunderstood and controversial topics of the day. Deb’s ability to weave a faithful use of Scripture, along with the thoughts of many other authors on the topic, does indeed, as the title suggest, help us redeem this beautiful gift from God. With a perfect balance of prophetic candor and humble, transparent grace, she pushes us to better understand how closely integrated our sexuality and spirituality really is.

I believe this is going to be one of the most important books for the church to grapple with for years to come. It really is one of those books that every Christian should read. Deb writes:

Our sexuality is indeed a powerful force. It can lead us to something of an experience of either heaven or hell, depending on our ability to orient it towards God or not. This is why it not only needs to be understood and integrated into our spirituality, but also handled with great care. And why it’s imperative for Christians to talk more openly about it.

May God use Deb’s book to spur on the church to take the lead in thinking well, and talking more openly about our sexuality. May the world look to the people of God for clarity and wisdom in the midst of so much confusion and misinformation. Thank you Deb for a real gift.