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Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longingby Christopher West
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The bestselling author, speaker, and teacher of John Paul II's Theology of the Body explores the yearning we all have for God and each other.
Fill These Hearts is a book about desire. Not trivial wants or superficial cravings, but the most vital powers of body and soul, sexuality and spirituality, that haunt us and compel us on our search for something. Weaving life-altering lessons together from classical and contemporary art, pop music, movies, and the Christian mystical tradition, popular theologian Christopher West explores the ancient but largely forgotten idea that the restless, erotic yearnings we feel in both our bodies and our spirits reveal the cry of our hearts for God. Along the way, West blows the lid off the idea of Christianity as a repressive, anti-sex religion by demonstrating that Christ came to stretch and inflame our desire for love and union to the point of infinity.
"Some skeptics may believe that the only thing God has to say about sex is 'Don't do it!' West, a popular author (At the Heart of the Gospel), speaker, and faculty member at the Theology of the Body Institute, attempts to dispel this perception and introduce a more nuanced and holistic approach to Catholic teaching about sexuality. With a solid foundation in natural law theory and Pope John Paul II's 'theology of the body,' the author attempts to navigate a middle way between a discouraging fear of human sexuality and an overindulgence in carnal desires, which he believes to be all too common in contemporary culture. West encourages all people to be mystics and attempt to encounter the glorious mystery of God in daily life. This will enable everyone to discern what is true, beautiful, and good so that people of faith do not waste time and energy pursuing desires that lead to dead ends. The traditional Catholic worldview that the author presents, unfortunately, will not resonate with everyone. The most valuable take-home message for all is that we should consider where our desires might lead us before acting upon them." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Bestselling Catholic author Christopher West's new book presents a reader-friendly and popular exploration of the Pope's revolutionary teaching on human sexuality.
Theology of the Body, based on the words of Jesus, is John Paul II's famous reflections on the body and sex that provides Catholics with a path to an authentic sexual liberation. Yet the Pope's dense scholarship often intimidates the average person. Christopher West has made it his life's mission to make this material accessible to the lay reader. What is the meaning of life? Why did God create us male and female? Why is there evil in the world and how do we overcome it? How do we attain true happiness on earth? What kind of joys await us in heaven? How can we experience the love we long for in the depth of our hearts? Through a mixture of sound theology and popular culture, West answers these questions and more.
About the Author
CHRISTOPHER WEST is a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute. He is also one of the most sought after speakers in the Church today, having delivered more than 1,000 public lectures on four continents, in more than a dozen countries, and in over 200 American cities. His books--Good News About Sex & Marriage; Theology of the Body Explained; and Theology of the Body for Beginners--have become Catholic bestsellers.
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