Our Bodies Tell God's Story
Discovering the Divine Plan for Love, Sex, and Gender
by Christopher West
Pub Date 21 Jan 2020
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Bestselling author, cultural commentator, and popular theologian Christopher West is one of the world's most recognized teachers of John Paul II's Theology of the Body. He specializes in making this teaching accessible to all Christians, with particular attention to evangelicals. As West explains, from beginning to end the Bible tells a story of marriage. It begins with the marriage of man and woman in an earthly paradise and ends with the marriage of Christ and the church in an eternal paradise.
In our post-sexual-revolution world, we need to remember that our bodies tell a divine story and proclaim the gospel itself. As male and female and in the call to become "one flesh," our bodies reveal a "great mystery" that mirrors Christ's love for the church (Eph. 5:31-32). This book provides a redemptive rather than repressive approach to sexual purity, explores the true meaning of sex and marriage, and offers a compelling vision of what it means to be created male and female. Foreword by Eric Metaxas.
“Protestants are long overdue for serious and substantial engagement with Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Christopher 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
“[A] much-needed and timely work. . . . Having been raised Catholic but evangelized largely by Protestant believers during his college years, West is fluent in both languages, so to speak, which makes him the perfect candidate to write this book. In his introduction, West mentions the debt of gratitude he feels towards his Protestant brothers and sisters for inspiring him with their commitment to Christ and their love for God’s word. As you enter more and more into this study of God’s Word, you will surely agree with me that we also owe him our gratitude for making John Paul II’s Theology of the Body accessible and relatable to the whole body of Christ.”—Eric Metaxas (from the foreword)