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Memories of Bliss: God, Sex and Us [Paperback]

Jo Ind
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22 July 2010
For the author, her main motivation in writing the book is to enable us, as she puts it, "to live our sexualities well." Her quest is practical rather than academic: how does one answer the question "What is sexuality?" in order to find the words that will make a real difference to the way we love, relate, pray and turn each other on? By establishing a definition for sex as our capacity to be aroused, and acknowledging that there are infinite ways of being sexual, Ind shows how the memories, fantasies, and yearnings of human beings, in all their glorious diversity, reflect the multi-dimensionality of creation itself. By looking at how we should treat each other in the light of Jesus' command that we love our neighbour and ourselves, she is able to connect human beings' experience of sex with their ultimate knowledge of God. Jo Ind has written a book which will shock some, but excite and inspire many others. 'Jo Ind has written a wonderful and enjoyable book which confronts our understanding of sex and which challenges us to reflect on our sexuality. This reflection is unique in that she brings God into the frame in a fresh, creative, even accessible manner and not in an overtly moralistic way. Anyone who reads this book will be forced to rethink how they weave their sexuality and spirituality together and how the church and its theology should impact our sexual 'language'. Not all will agree with her, but in this book we have a personal and insightful theological reflection on one of the most important aspects of our lives-sex.'

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  • Paperback: 186 pages
  • Publisher: SCM Press (22 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033402885X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0334028857
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 16 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rev Jane Fraser, Trainer and consultant on Sexuality, Worcester Diocese: Memories of Bliss brings a positive gale of fresh air into this arena within Christian Thought. Jo Ind speaks to a generation that will see their own experiences mirrored in hers and feel included and validated.

About the Author

Jo Ind wrote the critically acclaimed "Fat is a Spiritual Issue" (1993), is an Associate Editor of the journal "Third Way", and works as a feature writer on the "Birmingham Post".

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5.0 out of 5 stars Whatever Turns You On 8 May 2003
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There are some who would argue that connecting sex with spirituality is not new. That's as maybe but rarely, if ever, has a book been written which deals so straightforwadly and accessibly with the whole notion and practice of both sex and sexuality and then manages to relate to spirituality without boring or losing the reader along the way.
There are two things that particularly struck me about this book. The first was the style of writing which was accesible, witty and conversational, almost at odds with the weighty material at hand. Second was the original thoughts laid out in a way which was not only easy to follow but which also laid the basis for subsequent argument.
Ind herself starts off by saying that it's difficult when thinking about sex and sexuality to know where to begin: freud ? the church ? S&M times ? the Daily Mail ? Her answer is to say, well all of them really and to explore our ideas of sex as a society beofre then moving on to the individual in a quite superb chapter entitled "Whatever turns you on". Having considered aspects of sex and sexuality, Ind then moves on to the spiritual, linking the two and showing that, in fact, "God is sexy".
From the Kinsey scale to kinky sex and with everyone from the pope to prostitutes in the middle, this is a well researched, brilliantly thought out book which in my view is destined to become a modern classic.
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