5 Stars Out Of 5
No more awkwardness, we need to talk!
March 6, 2018
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.