Beyond Awkward Side Hugs: Living as Christian Brothers and Sisters in a Sex-Crazed World

Beyond Awkward Side Hugs: Living as Christian Brothers and Sisters in a Sex-Crazed World


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It Doesn’t Have to Be This Weird

When it comes to relationships between men and women, we have more questions than answers:

  • How do we keep relationships with the opposite sex healthy—and still hug each other after small group?
  • Is it possible for married men and women to be friends with people of the opposite sex?
  • What does it mean to be a woman if you’re not a wife, or a man if you’re not a husband?

Jesus’ pattern for church living was one of family—of brothers and sisters living in intimate, life-giving community with each other. With story, sensitivity, and hope, Beyond Awkward Side Hugs invites us to leave behind eroticized, fear-based patterns and move toward gendered, generous relationships between men and women of character as we love one another as Jesus did.

Beyond Awkward Side Hugs is a deep well of biblical wisdom, and Lea has written with nuance and clarity, humor and grace.”

—Jen Pollock Michel, author of Surprised by Paradox and Keeping Place

“The church desperately needs a bigger vision for how men and women can flourish together in ministry and friendship, and Bronwyn Lea paints a vivid picture for how we’ll get there.”

—Steve Wiens, author of Shining Like the Sun, Beginnings, and Whole

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781400215003
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 04/07/2020
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 785,492
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bronwyn Lea has been active for twenty years in vocational ministry to serve, encourage, teach, and mobilize Christians of all ages. A graduate of law school and seminary, she ministers in her local church and also heads up Propel Sophia, the Christian living wisdom resource for Propel Women. Bronwyn is mom to three school-aged kids, who keep her somewhere between hilarious laughter and desperate prayer on any given day. She and her fellow South African husband live in Northern California, where they count the men and women in their church as both friends and family.

Table of Contents

Foreword Christine Caine xiii

Introduction: Lost In Awkwardville xvii

Part I Getting Our Bearings

Chapter 1 Awkward, Lonely, and Oversexed 3

Christians and Culture as Unlikely Bedfellows

Chapter 2 Unashamed, Male and Female 19

The Biblical Nitty-Gritty on Bodies and Sexuality

Chapter 3 Brothers, Sisters, and the Family of God 35

Seeing Family through Jesus' Eyes

Chapter 4 WWJD, Relational Spheres, and Venn Diagrams 59

Where the Nuclear Family Fits Within God's Family

Part II Planning Our Route

Chapter 5 Is My Spouse My Sibling or My Soul Mate? 75

Celebrating Marriage from Different Angles

Chapter 6 Can Men and Women Be Just Friends? 97

Finding a Framework for Healthy Adult Friendships

Chapter 7 What about All the Horror Stories? 117

Practical Wisdom for Grown-Ups and Leaders

Chapter 8 Will You Drive With Me? 137

How Carpooling Can Teach Us to Date

Chapter 9 Where Do We Go from Here? 157

Sexual Stewardship as a Practice and an Invitation

Trip Overview: From Side Hugs to a Holy Kiss 177

Acknowledgments 183

Notes 187

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