Our Bodies Tell God's Story: Discovering the Divine Plan for Love, Sex, and Gender (Paperback)
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For many years interest in John Paul II’s Theology of the Body has been crossing denominational lines. However, there hasn’t been a book explaining TOB specifically for a non-Catholic audience – until now.
Catholics and Protestants often speak a different language with different emphases and sensitivities. Having taught in both settings for many years, Christopher West has done the pioneering work of translating St. John Paul II’s life-transforming teaching on human life, love, and sexuality into Protestant-friendly language without compromising the message in any way.
Packed with quotes and insights from the authors Evangelical Christians trust the most, West demonstrates in his well-known and engaging style how John Paul II’s TOB provides hope for all believers in these sexually confusing times.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT OUR BODIES TELL GOD'S STORY:
"John Paul II’s bold, compelling, hopeful and healing vision of our creation as male and female (called “Theology of the Body”) has been hailed by Catholics and Protestants alike as an antidote to the sexual crisis now plaguing the church and the world. For that antidote to spread, however, the keen insights of these dense and scholarly lectures need to put in a language that average believers can understand. Which brings us to Christopher West and the happy gift of this book."
— Eric Metaxas, popular Christian radio host, author and speaker
"No one has done as much to make the Theology of the Body accessible to ordinary people as Christopher West. Our Bodies Tell God's Story presents John Paul II's biblical reflections in a way that Christians of all denominations and traditions will appreciate. This is the book Christians need to equip themselves with in order to respond to the sexual revolution."
— Ryan T. Anderson, author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment and Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom
"Read this book. It is truly rapturous to get this right. And what a breath of fresh air to not have any of the baggage we’ve been saturated with in teaching on so-called biblical manhood and womanhood within protestant evangelical works. ... the reader is challenged and stretched to sharpen our own positions."
— Aimee Byrd, Reformation 21 blog
"Protestants are long overdue for serious and substantial engagement with Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. West's valuable introduction to the work is the best sort of appetizer: it satisfies but does so by deepening the reader's interest in moving on to the main course. This clear and persuasive introduction should be read and wrestled with by evangelical pastors and laypeople everywhere."
— Matthew Lee Anderson, founder and lead writer at MereOrthodoxy.com, author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to Our Faith
"For those wanting a Christian understanding of sex and God's wonderful creation of men and women, this very readable text is the place to start. It is an important book for Catholic, evangelical, and Orthodox Christians, especially those struggling with the confusion about such things that are embraced by post-Christian America. Our culture has become unmoored from the traditional faith, and West brings us back to those ancient paths by presenting a proper understanding of sex, gender, love, and marriage."
— Thomas S. Buchanan, senior editor, Touchstone