Carmen Renee Berry’s The Unauthorized Guide to Sex and the Church just didn’t quite live up to it’s title. She touches on several important issues yet the book fell short. It has valuable information and is worth reading but, in my opinion, doesn’t go far enough in pushing thought and conversation. It’s a good start yet she neglected to inform readers of any of her own opinions (excepting the absolute wrongness of rape and sexual abuse) regarding issues of sexuality and religion in contemporary times. It struck me that she is attempting to push the envelope but too scarred to actually open it. Spirituality and sexuality may be my two of favorite topics so I was excited to read this book, and disappointed that it never seemed to get off the ground. It did, yet again, confirm that a sane theology of sexuality is still missing. Progress has been made but I fear this will always be a case of too little and too late. It’s a book to read if you have time on your hands and are more interested in what has been said than in what could be said.
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