Monday, February 26, 2018

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life And Sexuality by Nancy R. Pearcey

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life And Sexuality by Nancy R. Pearcey is an in-depth and well-researched apologetics resource pertaining to our culture's postmodern views of humanity, sexuality, and the familial unit. Nancy not only dissects the origins of current cultural phenomena, but she always enlightens us as to why and how others' actions affect us, while eliciting our help in making a positive change and lasting impact on the influences of today's youth.

Nancy starts by explaining the concept of two-story thinking, where the human body or physical realm is separated from our emotional, spiritual, or psychological existence. This premise is at the core of the justification for many of the debates that follow. Following a logical progression, she then walks us through the high-profile issues of abortion, euthanasia, basic sexuality (pre-marital sex, pornography, etc.), homosexuality, transgenderism, marriage and the family unit, and natural vs. legal rights of the individual.

This book is not a light read, nor is it for those who approach it with a closed mind - on either side of the fence. It is a very deep and thought-provoking look at both sides of each issue, including the secular and Christian worldviews that make up the basis for the battlefield on which so many find themselves standing - whether intentional or not.

Part of the point that Nancy so astutely makes is that those of us who choose to follow the "live and let live" philosophy on such issues don't tend to look ahead at the floodgates that are opened and how those choices will affect our lives down the road. This is something that she takes the time to break down and lay out in a very realistic (although not-so-pleasant) manner. Having been an advocate for gay adoption and marriage (prior to the recent influx of trans rights issues), I found her chapter on these issues to be especially interesting.

For those Christians who find themselves somehow involved in these postmodern affairs (and who in our current society isn't?), this book is an immeasurable tool in helping you to understand, relate to, and lovingly influence those around you. While so many churches close their doors to those seeking refuge or seemingly approve of postmodern views in place of Christian values, Nancy proposes that both extremes have flaws and that there is a better way to demonstrate Christ's love without sacrificing those very ideas that separated the Christian church from the rest of the world for so long. 5/5 stars.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Baker Books for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ About The Author ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
(copied from book jacket)
A two-time winner of the ECPA Gold Medallion Award, Nancy R. Pearcey has been hailed in The Economist as "America's pre-eminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual." A bestselling author and speaker who serves as professor of apologetics and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University, Pearcey 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 coauthor with Chuck Colson of How Now Shall We Live? and author of the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award-winner Total Truth, The Soul of Science, Saving Leonardo, and most recently Finding Truth.
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