Write a new story free from
"Groundbreaking. Razor sharp."
Christena Cleveland, Ph.D.
Author of Disunity in Christ – Uncovering the Forces that Keep Us Apart
Gina Ogden, Ph.D., LMFT
Author of Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy and The Heart & Soul of Sex
About the book
Sex, God, and the Conservative Church helps everyday people and clinicians to understand what it means to grow up with abstinence education or a faith mired in sexual shame and dysfunction. This book provides new narratives and practices for those who desire to both heal and hold on to their faith orientation.
Schermer Sellers first walks readers through a critique of American culture and the conservative Christian church and its effects on intimate partnerships and sexual lives, then begins to reveal the hidden mystical sex- and body-positive understanding of sexuality of the Hebrew people. The book also includes chapters on strategies for a new sexual ethic, clinical steps to heal sexual shame, and specific sex therapy interventions clinicians can use directly in their practice. Finally, it offers a four-step model for healing religious sexual shame and touch and non-touch exercises to bring healing and intimacy into a person's life.
Who should read this book
Anyone who has dealt with any kind of sexual shame and desires tools to help both themselves and their partner
Those who grew up in a religious setting with a strict "purity" culture
Clinicians looking for resources to guide clients around issues of sexual shame, especially religious sexual shame