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Are transgender people discovering their authentic selves? Is today's culture really liberating? Does abortion lead to equality for women? In this respectful but riveting expose, Pearcey addresses difficult questions about issues of life and sexuality. Her gripping true stories will empower you to intelligently and compassionately engage today's most controversial moral and social challenges.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801075726
ISBN-13: 9780801075728

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Why the call to Love Thy Body? To counter a pervasive hostility toward the body and biology that drives today's headline stories:
 
Transgenderism: Activists detach gender from biology. Kids down to kindergarten are being taught their bodies are irrelevant. Is this affirming--or does it demean the body?

Homosexuality: Advocates disconnect sexuality from biological identity. Is this liberating--or does it denigrate biology?

Abortion: Supporters deny the fetus is a person, though it is biologically human. Does this mean equality for women--or does it threaten the intrinsic value of all humans?

Euthanasia: Those who lack certain cognitive abilities are said to be no longer persons. Is this compassionate--or does it ultimately put everyone at risk?
 
In Love Thy Body, bestselling author Nancy Pearcey goes beyond politically correct slogans with a riveting exposé of the dehumanizing worldview that shapes current watershed moral issues.
 
Pearcey then turns the tables on media boilerplate that misportrays Christianity as harsh or hateful. A former agnostic, she makes a surprising and persuasive case that Christianity is holistic, sustaining the dignity of the body and biology.
 
Throughout she entrances readers with compassionate stories of people wrestling with hard questions in their own lives--their pain, their struggles, their triumphs.


"Liberal secularist ideology rests on a mistake and Nancy Pearcey in her terrific new book puts her finger right on it. In embracing abortion, euthanasia, homosexual conduct and relationships, transgenderism, and the like, liberal secularism . . . is philosophically as well as theologically untenable."--Robert P. George, Princeton University

"Wonderful guide."--Sam Allberry, author, Is God Anti-Gay?

"A must-read."--Rosaria Butterfield, former professor, Syracuse University; author, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert 

"An astute but accessible analysis of the intellectual roots of the most important moral ills facing us today: abortion, euthanasia, and redefining the family."--Richard Weikart, California State University, Stanislaus

"Highly readable, insightful, and informative."--Mary Poplin, Claremont Graduate University; author, Is Reality Secular?

"Unmasks the far-reaching practical consequences of mind-body dualism better than anyone I have ever seen."--Jennifer Roback Morse, founder and president, The Ruth Institute

"Love Thy Body richly enhances the treasure box that is Pearcey's collective work."--Glenn T. Stanton, Focus on the Family

"Essential reading . . . Love Thy Body brings clarity and understanding to the multitude of complex and confusing views in discussions about love and sexuality."--Becky Norton Dunlop, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

"Pearcey gets straight to the issue of our day: What makes humans valuable in the first place? You must get this book. Don't just read it. Master it."--Scott Klusendorf, president, Life Training Institute

Author Bio

Nancy Pearcey is a bestselling, award-winning author who serves as professor of apologetics and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University. She is also editor at large of The Pearcey Report and a fellow at Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture. Previous positions include visiting scholar at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute, professor of worldview studies at Cairn University, and the Francis A. Schaeffer scholar at the World Journalism Institute. She is the author of several books, including the 2005 ECPA Gold Medallion Award winner Total Truth and most recently Finding Truth.

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  1. T Claytor
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A message church and culture
    February 19, 2018
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    I received a free copy of this book for my honest review. Ive read several of Nancy Pearceys books, so I was confident that this one would be excellent. It certainly is. She takes the philosophical truths that she outlines in detail in her books like Total Truth and brings it to the real flesh and blood world of daily life, making it one of her most practical books.

    This book is not just a message to our post modern world, but it is a reminder to the church of the beauty and value of Godscreation, namely our bodies. This seems like an obvious truth, but it doesnt take a close perusal of the church to reveal our own ambivalence to our bodies. Her book challenged me to live an embodied life, valuing the experiences I have physically while equipping me to have an answer to the many questions our culture is asking.
  2. Thy Body
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    Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and Sexuality
    February 6, 2018
    Thy Body
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    How difficult it is to try and encapsulate such an informative and teaching tome briefly. Love Thy Body compiles various subjects into an in-depth compilation of chapters to help the reader understand how worldviews shape the mindset of those whose thinking process is void of critical analysis, and assist those who do think critically and are familiar in these areas to clarify, encourage and guide.

    Nancy Pearcey clearly explicates the beliefs that many embrace today which has given way towards the ills of the West. For those who need a thorough dissection of the social ailments that affect every facet of society today and how to journey towards a solution, this is a must-read book.

    The predominant subject matter has to do with human sexuality because it is one of the most important factors in knowing who we are and how it affects the whole of life, this subject is voluminously covered in the Word of God because it is of great importance.

    I Hate Me Chapter She contrasts the Biblical concept of the Human Body against the secularized or sanitized Godless concept of it; how dualism has supplanted Gods creation of the sacred and good, with a mere Godless mass to be used as one pleases.

    The Joy of Death Chapter How the sanctity of life has been erased justifying the annihilation of millions, thus implementing a form of ethics that exonerates the facilitators and the subjects of abortion of all culpability.

    Dear Valued Constituent Chapter Dehumanizing society, such view has been in place for a long time, remember when we were known as personnel at work? Long ago we became human resources. Pearcey unpacks the view dealing with the hierarchy value, the state wants to decide who is most important in our society and how their system grades its citizens, what a citizen is now and what it should be in the future.

    Schizoid Sex Chapter A robust subject because it is an area that affects the whole of humanity, the world has divorced the body from the sacredness imputed by our creator. Sex is the pendulum by which the holiness or licentiousness of the world swings. The solution is clear as Nany Pearcey indicates.

    The Body Impolitic Chapter Deals with the homosexual agenda and what we ought to do, guidance to sexual regeneration.

    Transgender Transreality Chapter The expunging of gender, Pearcey elucidates the incoherence of how things really are vs how I wish things were. The tons of DNA information as to ones authentic self cant be denied nor erased.

    The Goddess of Choice Is Dead Chapter History repeats itself, as previous societies, ours seeks after an aberrant definition of Freedom which will give way to the fall of our society; for in the end one is not freeing self from the oppressive moral rules of the past, but rather willingly becoming a slave to a deviant world with devastating eternal consequences.

    It matters then, not to just know who we are, but whose we are.

    Thank you Nancy Pearcey
  3. Kendra
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    January 26, 2018
    Kendra
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    Abortion. Euthanasia. Hookup sex. Homosexuality. Transgenderism. In Love Thy Body, Nancy Pearcey exposes the "dehumanizing worldview behind these and other watershed issues." (cover)

    Over and over, Pearcey shows how all of these issues are rooted in a dualistic worldview that separates personhood and the physical body into two separate categories. Many think that Christianity and science are incompatible, but Pearcey shows how in all these cases, it is Christianity and the biblical worldview that actually support science, not the postmodern dualist worldview.

    I found this book to be eye-opening and insightful. I was alarmed at how insidious the dualist worldview is, and how much it has affected my own thinking. I appreciated how she doesn't leave Christians with a message that "it's hopeless, might as well roll over and quit." Rather, she challenges Christians and the church repeatedly to get up and get out there and be the hope and refuge that people so desperately need. A study guide in the back fleshes this out even more, offering questions for further thought and dialogues intended for actual practice in speaking to others about these issues.

    Pearcey's writing is thoroughly researched and compelling in its arguments. I would highly recommend this book for teenagers, college students, parents, teachers, pastors,...anyone who is or is engaging the young people and the culture of our day.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher (Baker Books) in exchange for my review.
  4. LynnB
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Making Sense of the Whirlwind
    January 25, 2018
    LynnB
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    In this important new book by one of the premier Christian cultural apologists of our time, Nancy Pearcey shows how atheistic materialism has led to the devaluation of the body. We see this in all of our rapidly escalating cultural changes: most recently transgenderism, the push to get males in female bathrooms and locker rooms, and new laws punishing people for not using the correct (yet ever-changing) pronouns. The body is nothing; personal autonomy is everything. This causes inner conflict and painful alienation from one's own body, but can be healed by recovering the biblical idea of human persons as unified, embodied beings made in the image of God. Solidly grounded in biblical truth and directly applicable to the questions and challenges we face almost daily, every Christian ought to read it, especially if they are raising children. Older teens and young adults will also find this very helpful in understanding how our faith makes sense of life, and in learning how to lovingly address the true needs of the hurting people they encounter at school, work, and in their own families. I have read and loved all of Nancy's books on Christian cultural apologetics, but this one is the most easily understood (tested at tenth grade level) and immediately applicable yet. If you read one book this year, please make it this one.

  5. Angela
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    January 4, 2018
    Angela
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    As a homeschool educator, I am always on the lookout for relevant material for my students. The world in which they are coming of age is drastically different than even ten years ago. Students need material that presents the current worldview in clear, understandable language. With this in mind, I was recently invited to participate in the launch of a new book by Nancy R. Pearcey, Love Thy Body.

    Love Thy Body is a wonderful book where Pearcey unmasks the current disjointed personhood theory which is evident in many of todays headlines. This mind over matter worldview states that the only relevant information comes from ones mind, the ability to function on a cognitive level. Our biological bodies do not matter. This worldview is fueling transgenderism, the idea that I am what I feel I am, and my biology doesnt matter. Fueling homosexuality, the idea I am not going to be restricted by my biology, and all that matters is my desires. Fueling abortion where the fetus is considered human, but it is not really a person with cognitive abilities.

    Throughout the book I was both saddened and encouraged. Saddened because Love Thy Body is a very relevant look at todays culture. For instance, in the chapter titled Schizoid Sex, Pearcey describes the current hookup culture which permeates much of a young persons world. Amazingly this hookup culture desperately tries to represent sexual relationships as only physical . . . disconnected from the mind and emotions (118). What is the result of these meaningless encounters? Students are disappoint[ed]. They feel hurt and lonely, wanting to create meaningful, lasting relationships. (119). There is tremendous pressure to conform to this culture or you will be viewed as needy.

    Encouragement comes from the clear presentation of the Gospel message. Many people will endear a subject like abortion by painting it with a veneer of biblical language (108). As Christians, we can get sucked into this thinking because we see Christianity only as a spiritual experience, not as an alternative worldview (108). Pearcey encourages us to use the Bible as a lens through which we view all of life-the human person, history, nature, and society (108). Put on your spiritual glasses and look around. Ask yourself, how does God view humans, as a separate mind and body? Or as a whole person, mind, body, and spirit.

    Love Thy Body is an excellent read. This book will equip you to engage with the culture and defend the truth. These are things we need to discuss with our students. I plan to incorporate much of the material into several high school classes I teach (11th and 12th grade). Buy the book!

    Note: I was part of the launch team for Love Thy Body. I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest review of the book.

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