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In a world obsessed with sex, why is the church silent about it? With bold vulnerability, Isom shares her testimony to speak up for young Christians left drowning in sin after falling through the gaping holes of faith-filled guidance; and calls us to return to God's original design for sex---as a way to glorify him. Paperback.

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Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801019052
ISBN-13: 9780801019050

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Sex. In a world overwhelmingly obsessed with it, why is the church so silent about it? While our secular culture twists, perverts, cheapens, and idolizes sex, there are gaping holes in the church's guidance of young people. The result is generations of sexually illiterate people drowning in the repercussions of overwhelming sin struggles.

Enough is enough, says Mo Isom. With raw vulnerability and a bold spirit, she shares her own sexual testimony, opening up the conversation about misguided rule-following, virginity, temptation, porn, promiscuity, false sex-pectations, sex in marriage, and more and calling readers back to God's original design for sex--a way to worship and glorify him. This book is for the young person tangled up in an addiction to pornography, for the girlfriend feeling pressured to go further, for the "good girl" who followed the rules and saved herself for marriage and then was confused and disappointed, for the married couple who use sex as a bargaining tool, for every person who casually watches sex play out in TV and movies and wonders why they're dissatisfied with the real thing, and for every confused or hurting person in-between.

Sex was God's idea. It's time we invited him back into the bedroom.

Author Bio

Mo Isom is the New York Times bestselling author of Wreck My Life. She maintains a thriving, nationwide speaking ministry and facilitates a faith-centered blog (moisom.com) that has garnered millions of views to date. Isom is a former All-American goalkeeper for the Louisiana State University soccer team and holds the LSU all-time goalkeeper record, as well as the #3 SEC all-time shutout record. She trained with the US Women's National program, was honored as National Player of the Week, has been featured in Sports Illustrated, and has appeared on ESPN SportsCenter Top-10 Plays, Ellen, ESPN, CBS, The 700 Club, and countless other platforms. She, her husband, Jeremiah Aiken, and their two children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  1. Kendra
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    points to a godly view of sex
    March 20, 2018
    Kendra
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'd never heard of Mo Isom before, and I have to admit I wasn't expecting much when I started the book, but I was pleasantly surprised. I found her story and insights to be powerful and helpful in pointing to a godly view of sex. From the cover copy, I wasn't sure who the book was targeted toward but reading made it obvious that it is intended first for women (and girls).

    In summary, she begins by reminding us that sex is God's invention--a gift of worship and praise with physical, emotional, mental and spiritual connections. Some of the conversations the church has forgotten are the whys behind the lists of dos and don'ts--we are created in the image of God with immeasurable worth and value, and the purity of God that calls us to purity in all areas of life, including our sexuality. Another conversation that has been neglected is the exaltation, beauty and power of married sex.

    I found Isom's calls for purity, for guarding our eyes as the windows to our soul, and for modesty in dress out of respect for ourselves and others to be refreshing. (A visit to her blog and facebook page made it obvious that her "modest dressing" is very different from mine, but her written words are powerful, particularly I would think to women who have never been taught the concept of modesty.)

    Isom is honest and frank in telling her story, but not in objectionably explicit ways. Overall, I think she says a lot of things we need to hear and I recommend the book.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
  2. heather
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    #Sexand Jesus & Me
    March 20, 2018
    heather
    Quality: 5
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    As a college-aged girl who has been single her whole life, I was a litttttle bit skeptical as to how this book would benefit me. I KNEW that it was going to be one that I was excited for the world to read & that I was PUMPED about the message it carries, but I gotta say that I was still a little skeptical. Can ya blame me?! Wellll, geez, was I ever wrong!?! It only took a few pages for me to know that my life was forever changed because of the words that this book speaks and the topics of conversation that it inspires/will inspire. I mean, as a true, Bible-believing Christian I had grasped that I was a child of God and that thats an important truth, but I still tend to forget just how deeply that truth hits & how it permeates into every area of my life! Mos words, & the ways that she appropriately intertwined Scripture, share how each and every aspect of our person (emotions, beliefs, situations, etc...) play into our sexuality. So, how can we understand our sexual identity as Christians, if we dont even understand our true IDENTITY as sons and daughters of the King?! We cant!! In this book, my girl, Mo, reminds us of this truth (& many others), shares her broken pieces, invites us to see how the Lord cherishes those who surrender to Him - even the ugly parts of our lives, & challenges us to dance in the redemption of the Lord alongside her! Oh rebel heart, come HOME!

    Whether or not you are a guy/girl, single/dating/engaged/married, a Christian or not, or whatever stage of life you are in, you are loved by a Father that seeks for you to understand who you are called to be, in Him. Since THAT is true about all of us, then this book is for YOU...& you, & you, & you, & yes, even me! Read on, friends!
  3. shannon_bradshaw
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Redemption finds us where we are, and its waiting here for you.
    March 6, 2018
    shannon_bradshaw
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    Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot ~ Mo Isom

    Wow the title alone makes you stop in your tracks and think. Really think. This is a subject you dont hear people talking about often or really at all. When in reality WE NEED TO BE. Thankfully someone did. Mo stepped up and used her story, a story that could be very similar to yours, or mine, someone you know, or maybe it is nowhere close. I know for me personally this book hit home on so many different levels, I laughed, I cried, and I felt a HUGE HUGE weight lifted off of my chest when I was finished reading it.

    Redemption finds us where we are, and its waiting here for you. - Mo Isom



    Its raw, emotional, REAL, and POWERFUL all in one. This book is going to help so many people and touch so many lives! There are NO AGE LIMITS!!! Its for the single people, the married couple, the divorced people, the widowed, the moms, and the dads. THE LIST GOES ON! EVERYONE NEEDS THIS BOOK!!

    You've HELPED me more than you know. I feel like Im a better person after reading this book. I will never be able to thank Mo enough for the opportunity she has given me. Being part of the launch team for this amazing book has been a life changing experience for me.
  4. Cbowers
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    No more awkwardness, we need to talk!
    March 6, 2018
    Cbowers
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    Sex and Jesusl together in bold letters on the front page of a book either intrigues interest or whispers to our awkward side and drives us away from the subject. Mo Isoms Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot is a book shining a light on the whys of Gods invention, like the why it is our nature and why we must stay (pure) until marriage. Isoms book is evidently God breathed. You can see that she definitely took time to research and write in such a way that this book doesnt make you uncomfortable, but it is extremely relatable and well explained. It is no secret that we live in a society that is unaware, confused, and lost because we arent educated, and she makes sure to tackle that.



    In chapter one, Isom begins the talk with because most of our sexual sin struggles grow out of our lack of a deep-rooted understanding of what sex is, how God sees us, why God calls us to what He does, and why obedience to that calling is worth the sacrifice. Sexual understanding, above all things, is not simply about behavior modification, its about heart transformation. But at the beginning of heart transformation comes heart education.



    Isom continues in chapter two with If we arent aware of our deep-seated value and worth in Gods eyes at our creation, then the temptation to define our own identity will always rob us of the purity called from us first. As shown throughout chapter two and continues throughout the book, a conversation about the natural desires of our heart needs to be addressed. The truth of the matter is, society has a huge influence on our hearts. That is the heart of the matter, our hearts, and from our heart are where actions flow. Somewhere in between it all, there are mutters of Christ-like values and sin-filled nature that collide, but no one addresses it because it is awkward. This book convicted, inspired, and challenged me as a college student; However, Isom doesnt speak to just the high school student and college aged adult, but to society as a whole. Isoms testimony speaks for itself, as she reveals that she was introduced to sexual immorality at a young age because our todays society is immersed from head to toe in lust. This book is for the parent of infants, the teacher of fifth graders, the campus minister of college students, and the bachelor or bachelorette pursing things of this world but finds themselves coming back to the well, empty because the things holding them bondage because it never fill the void. Gods people physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually cannot be in the world and of it at the same time. Isom addresses some big topics, like the influences of self-worth, porn on our TVs, radios, computers, and phone screens.



    While broaching the subject of societys influence, a quote that resonated with me that reveals our relationship with God and our rebellion from Him to be our own individual is, as Gods perfect and crafted creations, given the freedom of choice from a loving Creator, we didnt revolt with the desire to be bad people; we revolted with the desire to be our own people... it almost always looks like a subconscious choice to choose for ourselves what is best for us, what we desire, and what we think we want and need... sexual sin begins not in choosing to be bad but choosing to be our own, despite recognizing we were created as His. Isom dedicates her book and testimony to illustrate that we are created as Gods people, and there is no need to carry the burden of our sin and shame. Christ already did that when He paid his perfect life on the cross. Isom advocates that God understands the weight of sin and meets us where we are, when she quotes Romans 5:8 But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die while we were still sinners. I highly recommend conversing with Mo Isom in her new book, Sex, Jesus, and the Conversations the Church Forgot.
  5. LGHudson
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    FORGOTTEN CONVERSAATIONS!!
    March 6, 2018
    LGHudson
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    FORGOTTEN CONVERSATIONS!!

    Finally someone has been obedient and bold enough to step forward and write a book on the conversations churches have long neglected to have with young people. Unfortunately, it seems so have most of their parents. The conversations are about SEX. Just saying the word out loud will raise the eyebrows of everyone around you! As the church weve forgotten to talk about the whys. Mo Aiken tackles this task in a soul bearing book that proves shes paid her dues in the area of dealing with sexual temptations and pornography. More importantly she knows theres a way out of the bondage that comes from being a slave to that temptation. She writes that we should strive for purity above all because it is a condition of the heart. Nothing is sugarcoated in this book! The good news is that she reveals the answer to your souls deepest longings, desires and needs. Its not an easy path but its the only path to true freedom and redemption.

    Weve forgotten to start from the beginning and share why and what should frame and guide our sexual understanding. She writes, We need to hear more than do this, dont do that. We need to know why it matters to listen and obey in the first place. Because most of our sexual sin struggles grow out of our lack of a deep-rooted understanding of what sex is, how God sees us, why God calls us to what He does, and why obedience to that calling is worth the sacrifice.

    Aiken points out that most people see the holy and hope-filled Word of God as a rule book rather than a love letter written to our hearts. As you peruse this book, Aiken will leave you with no doubt that the Bible is a layered and wisdom-soaked love letter gently explaining the deep-rooted whys that compel us to live differently from the start.

    I was provided an ARC of this book by the Publisher and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own and without influence.
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