Sex and the Supremacy of Christ

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John Piper, Justin Taylor
Crossway Books, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 283 pages
19 Reviews

The Bible has a way of shocking us. If Americans could still blush, we might blush at the words, “Rejoice in the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts fill you at all times with delight; be intoxicated always in her love” (Proverbs 5:18-19).

But, of course, sin always tries to trash God’s gifts. So we can’t just celebrate sex for what God made it to be; we have to fight what sin turned it into. The contributors to this unique volume encourage you to do both: celebrate and struggle.

This book has something for all—men and women, married and single—from contributors like John Piper, C. J. and Carolyn Mahaney, Mark Dever, Al Mohler, Carolyn McCulley, and others.

“Another Christian book on sex? This is so much more. . . . We don’t need another book on sex that’s all about us. We need to have our gaze lifted. We need to consider the God who made us sexual creatures for his glory. This book will help you form a Christ-centered, Bible-shaped understanding of sex. This is something we all need.”
Joshua Harris, author, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is)

“This is the rare book that delivers more than it promises. Pick it up to learn about the true joy of sex: you will, and you’ll also learn about the joy of God.”
Marvin Olasky, editor-in-chief, World magazine

“This book is a glorious start to forming a Christian mind that expresses delight in God’s gift of marital intimacy—a Christian mind that so desires to delight in that which God delights in that it revels in rejecting the cheap substitutes pawned off on this passing age as true pleasure. Instead, it only finds satisfaction in what is purest and highest and noblest and best.”
J. Ligon Duncan III, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS and Moderator, General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America

“The contributors to this volume have provided a refreshing, insightful, and much-needed treatment of this sacred subject, calling us to bring our thoughts and lives into captivity to the supremacy of Christ, and to reflect our ravishment with our heavenly Bridegroom in our sexuality. I pray that this resource will make a profound difference in how God’s people think and live.”
Nancy Leigh DeMoss, author, host of Revive Our Hearts radio program

“Sex is a wonderful gift from God, but it makes a terrible idol, brutal and unyielding in the misery it inflicts. These authors are a breath of fresh air, because unlike our culture’s self-proclaimed ‘sexperts,’ they respect biblical authority and warmly embrace the Lordship of Christ. Hence, they can lift up the torch of divine truth and expose the enemy’s lies about sex that have penetrated not only the darkest corners of our culture, but of our churches.”
Randy Alcorn, author, The Purity Principle

“In a culture that’s desperately asking sex to be the alpha and omega, this book shows how sex is better when Christ is the Alpha and Omega.”
Andrée Seu, Senior Writer, World magazine

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Review: Sex and the Supremacy of Christ

User Review  - Laura Menenberg - Goodreads

Explains how sex and intimacy in marriage glorify God. I enjoyed the chapter breaks and subjects covered were well written from various authors. Read full review

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User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

VERY good read IMO.... pretty comprehensive... Read full review

About the author (2005)

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don't Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

Justin Taylor (PhD candidate, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is vice president of book publishing and an associate publisher at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds--hosted by the Gospel Coalition.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at www.albertmohler.com.

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and pastor of 9Marks Ministries. Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide. 

MICHAEL LAWRENCE is Senior Pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Washington DC. He earned a PhD in church history from Cambridge University and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Lawrence is the author of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church

C. J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology; Don't Waste Your Sports; and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.

Carolyn McCulley is an author, speaker, and filmmaker. She has written three books, and contributed to Sex and the Supremacy of Christ, edited by John Piper and Justin Taylor. She is the founder of the documentary company Citygate Films, and has written hundreds of articles for various publications, including Christianity Today, the Washington Post, and the Boundless webzine. 

Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, and homemaker. Having spent over thirty years as a pastor's wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences. She is the author of Feminine Appeal, Girl Talk, Shopping for Time and True Beauty. She blogs with her daughters at www.girltalkhome.com, a blog focused on biblical womanhood. Carolyn and her husband, C. J., are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.

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