To modern secular culture, the human body is little more than a vehicle for free self-expression—our bodies belong to us, and we can do with them as we please. In this way, the prevailing culture has lost sight of the true significance of the body. Similarly, Christians also tend to underemphasize the significance of the physical body. In What God Has to Say about Our Bodies, Sam Allberry argues that the Bible has a lot to say about the body, and shows how the practical significance of Scripture’s teaching on this topic impacts how Christians should think and behave. Organized around three categories—what God intended for the body (creation), the impact of sin on the body (fall), and how God will redeem the body (redemption)—the book provides believers with a balanced and accessible theology of the body as they seek to glorify God in everything they do.
I picked up this book because I was intrigued at the prospect of a book all about the spiritual significance of our bodies. And, I must say, this book answered questions I didn’t even realise I had. It is full of biblical truths, helpful examples and practical advice which has not only changed the way I have viewed some of the topics mentioned in the book, but has also equipped me to better deal with some of the issues which are so prevalent in our society today. God’s plan for our bodies is so much more glorious than just being something we have, dislike, struggle with and then lose. God has plans for our bodies, both in the present (however hard that may be to believe) and, mostly amazingly, in the future. Whether your physical self is something you think about too much or not at all, I would recommend giving this book a read – it might just surprise you.
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