Sex God Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality

Review :

I read through this book quickly a few weeks ago, and now am going through it a chapter a week with my home group from church. Once I got used to the writing style, I was amazed by how insightful such simply-written thoughts could be. Bell is accessible while still being very much to-the-point. Much of the other Christian lit I've read gets painfully redundant, as if the author is just stretching out his one or two points to fill a few hundred pages. Not so with Sex God: each chapter tackles a different aspect of human sexuality in an original context.

I could almost quibble about Bell's definition of sexuality, since he expands it to include just about all our relationships, but I think this is what makes the book so relevant. The way we interact with each other, ourselves, God, and even nature are all addressed and examined frankly. His chapter titles are intentionally provocative (Leather, Whips, & Fruit comes to mind...) but the content is actually quite tame. Sex is the theme, but more in theory than in practice.

This could easily be a quick read, but I'd recommend you take your time with it and let the words sink in. I know I'm enjoying the book much more on this second, slower read, and we've had some good discussions in our group so far. (Although we have wished for a study guide - his few foot-noted questions are not sufficient for a study by themselves.)


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