Pleasure, Pain & Passion: Some Perspectives on Sexuality and Spirituality (1993)
Amazon UK: Pleasure, Pain & Passion
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Advice – spiritual and practical, Contemporary Christian practice and experience, Humour, Liturgy/worship, Poetry, Spirituality, and Theology
Topic(s): Accepting one's sexuality, Ethics, Gender identity, Healing/growing into wholeness, Journeys towards acceptance, Marriage and relationships, Pastoral issues, and Spirituality
Especially suitable for: Contemplatives, Enquirers about Christianity, Therapists and pastors, and Those struggling to accept their sexuality or gender identity
In his Introduction to Pleasure, Pain & Passion Jim Cotter writes: “To write about sexuality is foolish enough, to write about spirituality equally so: there is mystery here, and energy, and confusion, and vulnerability. It is difficult to write clearly about either; to see how they might be connected seems impossible. But I am compelled to try, because it is so exhausting and destructive keeping them apart.”
Foolish or not, Jim Cotter explores these difficult but vital human themes with great spiritual wisdom and insight. Topics include Making connections; Welcoming the flesh; Desiring affirmation; Hating the flesh; Recovering tenderness; Discovering pleasure; Learning the language of touch; Being transfigured; and Becoming pain-bearers. The book concludes with some worship resources and meditations.
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