Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad about Feeling Good?

Kobo ebook | October 20, 2009

byGary L. Thomas

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Gary Thomas, one of this generation’s most popular and accessible writers about the spiritual life, explores what it means to build a life of true pleasure—one that will liberate the believer’s spiritual life, marriage, family, Christian community, and outreach. Many Christians assume “pleasure” and “sin” are synonymous. Others define godly pleasure so narrowly that they drastically minimize the powerful and holy role that pleasure can play in their lives. Still others feel guilty even thinking about how to build a life of pleasure. For all of them, Pure Pleasure provides an entirely new paradigm. It invites contemporary Christians to embrace a life of true pleasure as a pathway to obedience, worship, and service. Building on his bestselling books Sacred Pathways, Sacred Marriage, and the Gold Medallion-winning Authentic Faith, Gary Thomas takes readers to a new level of faith by providing a theological and inspirational framework to help them cultivate the kind of life that pleases God. Abounding with spiritual insights and practical exercises, this book provides the freedom to approach life in Christ with new wonder and joy.

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Gary Thomas, one of this generation’s most popular and accessible writers about the spiritual life, explores what it means to build a life of true pleasure—one that will liberate the believer’s spiritual life, marriage, family, Christian community, and outreach. Many Christians assume “pleasure” and “sin” are synonymous. Others define ...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 20, 2009Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310563712

ISBN - 13:9780310563716

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Balanced, Tradition-Free If you squirm a little inside when you read the title Pure Pleasure, you’re in good company. As the subtitle of Gary Thomas’ accessible treaties on the biblical role of pleasure in a believer’s life suggests, many of us have –- perhaps unknowingly –- adopted an attitude of ascetic martyrdom that is never suggested or recommended in the word of God. However, if you’re willing to put your discomfort and hesitations aside for a moment, Thomas is ready to redirect misguided pleasure avoiders into a balanced and godly understanding of the delights God has in store for us in this life and how they can draw our hearts closer to His. Pure Pleasure arrived in my life at a time when I had begun to question the lack of joy, the lack of laughter, the lack of, yes -– pleasure -– in the lives of many of my brothers and sisters (and myself in some areas.) Not only was there a desert, but there was actually fear surrounding the prospect of allowing delight into the Christian life. Where was the room for rejoicing? For the jubilant celebration that Jesus calls us to? Not only was I asking this question about others around me, but of myself as well. I’m always naturally cautious when a book so vigorously defends a certain aspect of the Christian life, and not having read any of Thomas’ work in the past I wondered if perhaps his was a new form of Christian hedonism -– I’m so glad that it’s not. In fact, Pure Pleasure is hands-down the most balanced, biblical perspective on the proper role of delight that I’ve ever encountered, whether by book, sermon, or informal times of fellowship. Thomas writes accessibly, peppering his ponderings with personal illustrations from his own life’s journey and the thoughts of respected Christian thinkers from times past. He turns to the word of God apart from man-made, extra-biblical legalisms to examine what it truly says. Watch out -– Thomas realizes that he’s likely stomping on some toes, but he trudges forward in any case. I greatly appreciate his courage. One’s response to the title of this book can easily enough determine if you would benefit from reading it (I believe most Christians would.) If you shy away from the prospect of pleasure or delight as having a positive, healthy role in your life and the title makes you wince -– even a little bit, on the inside –- I highly recommend you read this work. If you shout in acclamation, “Yes, I’m all about pleasure, there’s nothing I can’t do now that I’m redeemed, it’s open season on sensation!” I also recommend you read this work. Neither extreme is a healthy condition; Thomas helps to gently guide us back into joyful moderation through honest, tradition-free examination of the scriptures. Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
Date published: 2010-02-17