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Purposeful Sexuality

Purposeful Sexuality

A Short Christian Introduction

Ed Shaw
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Consider the purpose of God's gift of sexuality.

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If you’re a human being, then you’re a sexual being. But what is your sexuality for? That’s a question we often struggle to answer because we find it so hard to talk about our powerful and personal sexual feelings - perhaps especially if we’re Christians.

Ed Shaw explores the Bible’s deepest answers to this question in ways that will help everyone to appreciate and enjoy God’s purposeful gift of sexuality – whatever your past history, current situation or sexual orientation might be.

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  • Introduction: What are we talking about?
  • 1. Why is talking about sexuality so difficult?
  • 2. What is sexuality for?
  • 3. What is really sexuality for?
  • 4. How does this help? Part
  • 5. How does this help? Part 2
  • 6. What does God do to help us?
  • Questions for reflection
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgements
  • Further reading


Contributors Ed Shaw
ISBN 9781789742831
Format Paperback
First published January 2021
Dimensions 130mm x 198mm x 6mm
Language English
Pages 80
Publisher IVP

Gavin Calver

CEO, Evangelical Alliance UK

Compassionate, hopeful and biblical. This is a must-read for all Christians, and a great help as we navigate the vital issues around sexuality.

Andrew Wilson

Teaching Pastor, King's Church London

A short, clear and often profound book on one of our generation's most pressing subjects. Ed Shaw has served us superbly with Purposeful Sexuality.

Julian Hardyman

Senior Pastor, Eden Baptist Church Cambridge, author of Jesus Lover of My Soul: Fresh Pathways to Spiritual Intimacy

This wise, sensitive book has a great deal to offer all of us as we attend to the desires, questions and struggles arising from our nature as sexual beings. Its contemporary frame of reference, combined with careful reading of relevant biblical texts, makes it all the more valuable.

Customer reviews


“Thoughtful and compassionate”

This book is clear, goes beyond easy answers, and enters into the difficulties faced by people whose experience of sex (or the lack of it) leaves them disillusioned. It has a message of hope and beauty for all Christians.


“Fantastic, encouraging book”

This short but wise book gives an excellent overview of the life-giving biblical teaching on sexuality. It helps to make sense of the God-given boundaries for sexual expression and encourages all of us - single or married, whoever we’re attracted to - to allow our sexualities to draw us deeper into the heart of God’s love and purposes. I highly recommend this book.


“Much needed!”

Ed Shaw carefully considers why we have been made sexual beings and why it is important we follow the Bibles teaching on sex and marriage. This guide is so needed in a world that says we shouldn’t go God’s way.

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