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Purposeful Sexuality

A Short Christian Introduction

by Ed Shaw

With healthy and refreshing honesty, Purposeful Sexuality offers a Christian introduction to seeing sexuality as a nourishing source of hope and expression.

  • Want a healthy understanding of sexuality?

  • This short introduction takes a honest Christian view of sexuality

  • You'll see more of how sexuality can be a source of real joy and expression

  • Author

    Ed Shaw

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    Intervarsity Press (IVP)

  • Published

    January 2021

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If God means for us to save sex for marriage, why doesn't he just zap us with sexuality on our wedding night? Why do most of us experience sexual feelings throughout our adult lives, not just in the safe confines of marriage? Is limiting marriage to the union of a man and a woman anything but outdated prejudice? What is our sexuality actually for?

Today's culture overwhelmingly tells us that sex is essential for human flourishing. Far too often the church perpetuates the same message - as long as you are married. But far from being liberating, this idolising of sex leaves us even more sexually broken than before.

With refreshing honesty and clarity, Ed Shaw calls on the church to rediscover its confidence in the Bible's teaching about our ability to experience or express sexual feelings. He points us to how God's word reveals that sexuality's ultimate purpose is to help us better know God and the full power of his passionate love. He shows us how this is surprisingly good news for all our joys and struggles with sexuality.

Ed Shaw is the bestselling, award-winning author of The Plausibility Problem: The Church and Same-sex Attraction (IVP UK), launched in the USA as Same-sex Attraction and the Church, where it was voted Gospel Coalition's Top Book in the Christian Living Category. Translations have appeared in Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. Ed is Pastor of Emmanuel City Church, Bristol, and part of the editorial team at

Member of the General Synod of the Church of England and a member of the Archbishops' Pastoral Advisory Group. As part of, Ed has a growing national and international profile, having spoken on R4's Today programme and had articles and reviews published by Gospel Coalition. He has been part of Creation Fest, Keswick Convention, New Day, New Wine, Vineyard Leaders and Word Alive, and has done speaking tours in the US and Australia.


  • Author

    Ed Shaw

  • Book Format

    Paperback / softback

  • Publisher

    Intervarsity Press (IVP)

  • Published

    January 2021

  • Weight


  • Page Count


  • Dimensions

    129 x 198 x 21 mm

  • ISBN


  • ISBN-10


  • Eden Code


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  • Author/Creator: Ed Shaw

  • ISBN: 9781789742831

  • Publisher: Intervarsity Press (IVP)

  • Release Date: January 2021

  • Weight: 91g

  • Dimensions: 129 x 198 x 21 mm

  • Eden Code: 5313843

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