The following selection of books from Christian publishers was compiled and annotated by Kaye Cook and Stanley Grenz.


Between the Sexes: Foundations for a Christian Ethic of Sexuality, by Lisa Sowle Cahill (Philadelphia: Fortress, 1985). An important work in the ethics of sex written from a mainstream Protestant point of view.

The Growth of Love and Sex, by J. Dominian (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982). This British psychiatrist explores the issues of love and sexuality from a Christian perspective, realistically and practically discussing issues relevant to teenagers, young marrieds, older marrieds, and the aged. He does not take a position on issues (e.g., premarital sex).

Bonding: Relationships in the Image of God, by Donald M. Joy (Waco: Word, 1985). This, and his more recent Re-Bonding, offers helpful insight into the process by which male and female become one flesh. Interesting treatment of the concept of porneia, which Joy might define as casual sex. Joy is one of a handful of evangelical authors making a serious attempt at studying human sexuality from a Christian perspective.

Parent’s Guide to Sex Education, by M. A. Mayo (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986). This practical guide provides a generous supply of ideas, suggestions, and activities to help families talk positively about sexuality.

Embodiment: An Approach to Sexuality and Christian Theology, by James B. Nelson (Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1979). A significant work on sexuality written from a “mainline” Christian perspective. Nelson does not treat sex as physical acts, but as forms of communication.

A Gift for All Ages, Clifford and Joyce Penner (Waco: Word, 1985). This book provides the Christian community with a much-needed developmental approach ...

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