I had the unusual pleasure last month of seeing two new books authored by evangelicals released within 24 hours of each other and both were highly affirmative of friendships between the sexes. Debra Hirsch’s Redeeming Sex (imagine a book written by an evangelical with "sex" in the title that highly values deep cross-sex friendship!) and Joshua Jones’ Can Christian Men and Women Be Friends? summon evangelicals to rethink Freud, Jesus, and Friendship.
In just five, count’em, five short years after the publication of my groundbreaking book, Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions, these two books join me in advancing the conversation on sexuality and friendship. These two authors call evangelicals to explore an intimately relational ethic of friendship between men and women. However, they don’t want to us to avoid Freud; instead, we discover we are profoundly sexual beings who are called to love one another in deep friendship.
How cool is that?
I already blogged on my friend, Deb Hirsch’s trailblazing book, here. Joshua Jones’ new book blazes a new trail from a different angle: Jones, as a happily married man boldly takes us where no complementarian man has gone before (at least in a book). Jones wants evangelicals to know deep intimacy in friendship is desirable between men and women.