Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad about Feeling Good

Pure Pleasure: Why Do Christians Feel So Bad about Feeling Good

by Gary L. Thomas


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Gary Thomas, one of this generation's most trusted writers about the spiritual life, explores what it means to build a life of true pleasure - one that will liberate your spiritual life, marriage, family, community, and outreach.

Many Christians assume "pleasure" and "sin" are synonymous. Others define godly pleasure so narrowly that they drastically minimize the powerful and holy role that pleasure can play in their lives. Still others feel guilty even thinking about how to build a life of pleasure.

For all of them, Pure Pleasure provides an entirely new paradigm. It invites Christians to embrace a life of true pleasure as a pathway to obedience, worship, and service. Building on his bestselling books Sacred Pathways, Sacred Marriage, and the ECPA Gold Medallion-winning Authentic Faith, Gary Thomas takes readers to a new level of faith by providing a theological and inspirational framework to help them cultivate the kind of life that pleases God.

Abounding with spiritual insights and practical exercises, this book invites you to shake off the shackles of misunderstanding about sin, provides the freedom to approach life in Christ with new wonder and joy, and challenges you to experience life as God meant it to be: overflowing with pleasure.

Also available: Pure Pleasure small group video study and study guide, Spanish edition, and more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310290803
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and Houston Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas. He is the author of 19 books, including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, Cherish, Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith. He has a master’s degree from Regent College, where he studied under Dr. J.I. Packer, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity from Western Seminary. Gary has spoken in 49 states and 10 different countries. He has appeared numerous times on various national radio and television programs, including CBN, Focus on the Family and Family Life Today.

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“Gary’s book is unlike anything I have ever read. He has stumbled upon a hidden treasure of truth that will no doubt set many Christians free to experience God’s richest blessings. Like Sacred Marriage, Pure Pleasure is a groundbreaking book that I would recommend to any Christian who desires to more fully know the heart of God.” -- Dr. Juli Slattery

“As Gary Thomas so aptly demonstrates, ‘pure pleasure’ is not a biblical oxymoron but rather a key characteristic of the God-honoring, soul-satisfying life. Warning of the dangers of both fleshly indulgence and an equally fleshly asceticism, Thomas guides our pursuit of holy delight by showing us how to embrace it in its fullness and maintain its connection to the pleasures in which God himself delights.” -- Randal Roberts

“This attention-keeping book will challenge, liberate, and inspire the reader to worship God for every way he intended his children to celebrate his gifts of marriage, sex, family, money, time, laughter, joy, and exercise. Gary does a fantastic job of biblically balancing warnings of unhealthy pleasures to practical solutions to retaining the healthy ones.” -- Miles McPherson

“I don't think it is an understatement for me to say I doubt you've ever read anything quite like this. . . . Not only does Gary give us permission to embrace life with all its legitimate joys, he encourages us to embrace them wholeheartedly! Whether it’s a good cup of coffee or a walk in a park or a great mystery novel, the book shows us how the things that delight our souls are designed to enhance our walk with God and bring him glory.” -- Tricia McCary Rhodes

“A theology of pleasure! What a great idea! And what a pleasure to read. With the verve and intelligence we’ve come to associate with all his work, Gary Thomas has taken to heart Jeremy Taylor’s warning that, ‘God threatens terrible things if we will not be happy.’ We all need this book---both the pleasure-challenged and the pleasure-prone; those who get it wrong and those who don’t get it at all. Joy is, after all, the serious business of heaven (C. S. Lewis).” -- Ben Patterson

“If Gary Thomas writes a book, you need to read it. It’s as simple as that. He has incredible insight into spiritual truths and is able to make those truths graspable for all audiences. In Pure Pleasure Gary reminds us it is OK for Christians to feel good---even have fun! A refreshing message at the right time for contemporary believers. You are going to enjoy this book.” -- Ed Young

“Gary Thomas writes for all of us who sometimes feel guilty about the good things God does for us. In Pure Pleasure, he helps us understand that the abundant life Jesus promises in John 10:10 is a better life than we could ever have imagined. And here is the good news: it is not life after death, but life after birth!” -- Dr. David Jeremiah

“Pure Pleasure by Gary Thomas will help you to embrace and experience God, fullness of joy in his presence, and eternal pleasures at his right hand. I highly recommend it as essential reading for building a life of true pleasure and joy from a biblical perspective.” -- Siang-Yang Tan, , Professor of Psychology

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