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Sex, God, and marriage
Arnold, Johann Christoph, 1940-
Publication Information:
Farmington, PA : Plough Pub. House ; Robertsbridge, East Sussex ; Bruderhof Communities, [2002]

Physical Description:
xvi, 166 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: A plea for purity. 1998.
In the image of God -- It is not good for man to be alone -- They shall become one flesh -- The first sin -- Restoring the image of God -- Sexuality and the sensuous sphere -- The pure in heart -- Marriage in the Holy Spirit -- The mystery of marriage -- The sacredness of sex -- Parenthood and the gift of children -- The purity of childhood -- For those considering marriage -- The service of singleness -- With or without God -- Shameful even to mention? -- The hidden war -- What about divorce and remarriage? -- Therefore let us keep watch.
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BT708 .A75 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Unlike the vast majority of marriage books, Sex, God, and Marriage digs deeper than the usual issues and goes to the root: our relationship with God, and the defining power of that relationship over all others in our lives. Arnold addresses the deep pain resulting from the cycle of broken relationships and the misuse of sexual intimacy. His words offer healing, a new beginning, and a sense of hope to those who have experienced discouragement or failure.

Author Notes

Johann Christoph Arnold was born in Great Britain on November 14, 1940 to German refugees. He spent his childhood in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war, before immigrating to the United States in 1955. He was a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities, for forty-three years.

He was a speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues. He wrote a dozen books include Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Their Name Is Today, Seeking Peace, Cries from the Heart, Be Not Afraid, Why Children Matter, and Sex, God and Marriage.

He and paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald started the Breaking the Cycle program, which works with students at public high schools to promote reconciliation through forgiveness. He also served as chaplain for the local sheriff's department. Arnold died from cancer on April 15, 2017 at the age of 76.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Part I In the Beginning
1. In the Image of Godp. 2
2. It Is Not Good for Man to Be Alonep. 9
3. They Shall Become One Fleshp. 15
4. The First Sinp. 21
5. Restoring the Image of Godp. 27
6. Sexuality and the Sensuous Spherep. 34
7. The Pure in Heartp. 40
Part II What God Has Joined Together
8. Marriage in the Holy Spiritp. 50
9. The Mystery of Marriagep. 57
10. The Sacredness of Sexp. 65
11. Parenthood and the Gift of Childrenp. 72
12. The Purity of Childhoodp. 81
13. For Those Considering Marriagep. 91
14. The Service of Singlenessp. 104
Part III The Spirit of our Age
15. With or Without Godp. 114
16. Shameful Even to Mention?p. 123
17. The Hidden Warp. 133
18. What about Divorce and Remarriage?p. 143
19. Therefore Let Us Keep Watchp. 153
From a Readerp. 161
Notesp. 163
For Further Readingp. 165