2019 was a "bigger than usual" reading year for me. Thanks to a reading plan, kindle, audible, and the usual printed books, I'm edging up close to 70 books for the year. However, I thought I'd sketch out a more modest list of the 20 books I'm most glad to have read this year.
Four Books on Sexuality, Sex, and the Body
I've previously written a review of the four following books here:
I've decided to sneak in one extra book which I've not yet finished...
Were the 1960s really "ground zero" for the sexual revolution? I'm usually as quick as anyone to point (or waggle) the finger at the baby boomers. The cultural turmoil of the 1960's no doubt marked a significant moment in the west's changing attitudes towards sex and relationships. However, the decade of "free love" turned out to be neither the founding moment, nor the final flowering, of the sexual landscape we now inhabit.
Below I'll share some reflections on four books I've read this year that attempt to come to terms with our culture's current experience of sexuality. (although several of these books go well beyond simply discussing sexuality)
My top four reads of 2018 are highlighted at the bottom of this post. All books receive a meagre 2 sentences by way of review!
How should the Church respond to modern “identity politics”?
What sort of separation should there be between church and state?
Must Roman catholics abandon confessional confidentiality?
Should Christian citizens expect “freedom of religion”?
Is there a bible verse for that?
Are the pressies right that Episcopacy is just a very “naughty” idea?
In reading these kind of books I often forget the details. So I’ve whipped up a graphic to remind me. Below the graphic is an explanation of each key point.
Here are some quotes from the book to fill out the bare bones of the graphic above: