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Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity


Brazos 2006

Runs on Windows, Mac and mobile.


SEX. Splashed across magazine covers, billboards, and computer screens-sex is thrilling, necessary, unavoidable. And everybody’s doing it, right?

In Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity, Lauren Winner speaks candidly to single Christians about the difficulty—and the importance—of sexual chastity. With nuance and wit, she talks about her own sexual journey. Never dodging tough terms like “confession” and “sin,” she grounds her discussion of chastity first and foremost in scripture. She confronts cultural lies about sex and challenges how we talk about sex in church (newsflash: however wrong it is, premarital sex can feel liberating and enjoyable!). Building on the thought of Wendell Berry, she argues that sex is communal rather than private, personal rather than public.

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Key Features

  • Gets real about sex
  • Uses nuance, wit, and uncommon insight to discuss a challenging topic
  • Confronts cultural lies about sex


  • Talking About Sex
    • Real Sex: Creation, Scripture, and the Case for Sex in Marriage
    • Communal Sex: Or, Why Your Neighbor Has Any Business Asking You What You Did Last Night
    • Straight Talk I: Lies Our Culture Tells About Sex
    • Straight Talk II: Lies the Church Tells About Sex
  • Practicing Chastity
    • On the Steps of the Rotunda: Line-Drawing and Formation
    • Chastity as Spiritual Discipline: Conforming Your Body to the Arc of the Gospel
    • Communities of Chastity: What Singleness Teaches the Church
    • Responding to M.: The Practicalities of Repentance

Praise for the Print Edition

It is unquestionably impossible to write a book about sex that is as exciting as the topic itself. But Lauren Winner comes close. She has written a book of beauty, mystery, stern challenge, and great joy. And she has written it in a humble, honest, literate, elegant voice. I hope it finds many readers.

John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

Real Sex is really helpful, especially for Christian singles who have been wandering too long in a vale of vague churchy platitudes and long for something they can implement in their real lives.

Frederica Mathewes-Green, author, The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation

A candid, readable, intelligent, and deeply Christian reflection on the meaning of sexuality and the generally unpopular and misunderstood virtue of chastity. Speaking most specifically to people who are young and single, Lauren Winner is the friendly and informed guide many are looking for in living the Christian alternative in a culture of erotic disorder.

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About Lauren F. Winner

Lauren Winner is the highly acclaimed author of the memoir Girl Meets God. She is assistant professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, and has written for the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World, Publishers Weekly, Christianity Today, and Christian Century.

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