Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality

Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality

It's time to talk back. The generation born into evangelical purity culture has grown up, and many have started families of their own. But as time goes on, it's becoming more evident that many still struggle with purity culture's complicated legacy--its idolization of virginity, its mixed messages about modesty and lust, and its promise of a healthy marriage and great sex for those who follow the rules. In Talking Back to Purity Culture, Rachel Joy Welcher reviews the movement carefully, examining its teachings through the lens of Scripture. Compassionate, faithful, and wise, she charts a path forward for evangelicals in the ongoing debates about sexuality--one that rejects legalism and license alike, steering us back instead to the good news of Jesus. It's time to talk back to purity culture--and this book is ready to jump-start the conversation.

Title:Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality
ISBN:9780830848164
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    Talking Back to Purity Culture: Rediscovering Faithful Christian Sexuality Reviews

  • Matthew Manchester

    This is a sex book. SUMMARY This is not a sex book.Rather, it's a sexuality book.Welcher writes after reading multiple purity culture books from the 90s/early-2000s and interviewing a host of pe...

  • Raymond

    Rachel Joy Welcher has written a powerful new book about purity culture; what it is, what it did to a generation, and how to respond to it. Purity culture is a Christian movement that took place begin...

  • E.M.

    Meticulously researched, saturated with the Scriptures, written with grace & courage, this is a towering achievement, indeed, the definitive work on “Purity Culture”....

  • Pamela Nicolls

    I just finished this book in about 7 hours. If you were involved in the purity movement in the 90s and 2000 like my children or the church's view of marriage roles during that time, this book is an ex...

  • Ruth

    The Purity Culture movement dominated discussions in my youth. I became disenchanted years ago not with holding a Christian sex ethic but with the way Purity Culture had shaped faithful obedience into...

  • Panda Incognito

    This book involves so many loaded topics that it is hard for me to know where to begin. Thus, I have immense respect for Rachel Joy Welcher, who took on the challenge of writing it. Throughout this bo...

  • Aimee

    Rachel Joy Welcher writes with grace and humility as she addresses the effects of Christian purity culture and its messages. Several of her points expressed thoughts or conversations I have had in rec...

  • Kendall Davis

    Welcher gives an excellent introduction and theological critique of the purity culture movement. Her reliance on actual stories and experiences from a variety of people makes this about real flesh-and...

  • Josiah

    I'm pretty sure I was already on the same page as Welcher for all the issues she was talking about, so I don't know how much this book really changed my perspective. But it was nice to see someone els...

  • Joelle

    Rachel makes a beautiful statement in this book, as she quotes a mom talking about how she tries to view all of her kids' conversations, and - I'm paraphrasing - but it's about bringing everything int...