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Have I ever told you the story of how I co-wrote my sex book “Pursuit of Passion” with another couple?
It’s a story I hold close to my heart, especially considering I have yet to meet them in person to this day. Seriously! But I count them as such good friends and comrades in this journey of encouraging you and so many others.
I’m going to spend Thursdays the next 14 weeks giving you a brief highlight of each chapter. But first let me tell you the story.
So I had been blogging for a little while back in the day, and a Florida Christian couple named Jeff and Glynis Murphy took notice. They had done a fair amount of marriage mentoring, and Jeff had also co-authored a book on marriage mentoring.
Jeff and Glynis reached out to affirm me on my blog and to say, “We want to write a book on sexual intimacy and we’d like to write it with you.” Wowser! I was blown away. That phone call set in motion the process of mostly Jeff and I hashing out the details of chapters, book flow, writing responsibilities, and so forth.
Many a night I would sit in Panera or at home and cruise along writing. When all was said and done, our hard work paid off, and in 2013, we released “Pursuit of Passion: Discovering True Intimacy in Your Marriage.”
I am incredibly grateful for Jeff and Glynis and their willingness to reach out to me.
Our book is fairly comprehensive, but easy to read at the same time. And it includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter to generate dialogue between a couple.
While we wrote it primarily thinking of engaged and newly married couples, I think any married couple could glean specific, helpful and Biblical insights regarding sex.
I hear from countless couples who have been married for years, but they know deep down that they didn’t get their intimacy off to the best start. Our book is chock full of nuggets of wisdom and suggestions from which you could benefit.
So let’s dig in with a brief synopsis of Chapter 1.
Here we explore what many of you already know — sex can be a huge area of struggle, whether because of past sexual experiences, negative or non-existent messages heard while growing up, a misunderstanding of God’s word on sex, or society’s messages about sex. For most of us, all of those factors play into how we view sex and how we navigate it in our marriage.
We also explore how the church (the body of believers and church leadership) have historically dropped the ball (no pun intended!) on giving couples accurate AND helpful information about HOW to thoroughly enjoy sex in marriage. Sadly, the church has at times been a culprit in feeding the negative messages and misinformation, leaving married couples even more confused.
And right here in Chapter 1, we speak hope that no matter what you heard growing up or what your experiences were, God wants to right the ship. He wants you to embrace sex as He designed it — a profound gift of pleasure and oneness for a married couple.
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