Penner and Penner's Book "The Gift of Sex" Book Review by scribbler

Penner and Penner's Book "The Gift of Sex"
Reviews and critiques Clifford Penner and Joyce Penner's book about sex for Christians, "The Gift of Sex".
# 152608 | 2,995 words | 3 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 01, 2013 in Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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This paper first explains that, in their book "The Gift of Sex", the Penners stress that Christians need to understand that having a healthy and positive sexual life is not contrary to the dictates of their faith because sexuality is a gift from God that does not need to be and should not be shunned. The paper then relates section by section the thesis of the book that an incomplete sexual relationship, ridden with guilt, is not satisfying to both partners and interferes with the development of a good marriage and a harmonious relationship with God and other human beings. The paper recommends that this book be read together by couples to generate an honest discussion.

From the Paper:

"Acknowledging one's own issues and biases is an essential part of a healthy relationship: in most instances, neither partner is all to blame for sexual difficulties, and learning to see the world in shades of gray from the other gender's perspective is one of the foundational life lessons taught by marriage that makes both partners better human beings and better Christians. And learning from another person and learning about one's own body are conjoined. Having a healthy sexual self-esteem is conducive to showing self-respect for one's body. Too often people confuse disliking one's self, particularly one's sexual self, with Christian humility. Self-hatred, however, is often simply the other side of the coin of self-obsession. Self-consciousness is the enemy of being open to learning about another person, the enemy of being open to learning about God. It is an expression of self-abnegation, and is not a positive affirmation of the goodness of God's world and words. And finally, denying the body's goodness, and God's creation often results in self-destructive rather than constructive activities.
"Positive attitudes must be sowed early in life. The Penners briefly discuss puberty, and the sexual changes that ensue, and also how different physical aspects of one's body can interfere with or facilitate pleasure."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Penner, Clifford & Joyce Penner. (2003). The gift of sex. Thomas Nelson.
  • Jones, Stanton L. & Healther R. Hostler. (2002). Sexual Script Theory: an integrative exploration of the possibilities and limits of sexual self-definition.Journal of Psychology and Theology. Retrieved July 5, 2010 at
  • Strauss, Gary H. (2001). A balanced and sensitive Christian consideration of human sexuality. Journal of Psychology and Theology. Retrieved July 5, 2010.

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