SEXUALITY & A Review of Debra Hirsch’s Book: Redeeming Sex

Redeeming Sex by Debra Hirsch
Reviewed by Rebecca Florence Miller, http://www.patheos.com, 5/6/15

I opened my review copy of Debra Hirsch’s Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality with trepidation. Would this just be one more awkward Christian book about sex? Would I want to throw it across the room? Would I be uncomfortable to write about it?

The discussion of the intersection of sexuality and Christianity is littered with minefields. What’s been missing, oftentimes, is an approach to sexuality that is able to function in a bridge-building way. What I appreciated most about Hirsch’s book was this open, unafraid willingness to engage relationally with the LGBT community in a noncoercive way–and this from a woman who herself feels conscience bound against same-sex genital sexual expression. Her personal ethical practice and her ability to reach out to anybody with welcome and love positions her as a really helpful reconciling agent between the Christian community and the the LGBT community.

Hirsch once identified as a lesbian herself. She sees female sexuality as more fluid than men’s, though, and while acknowledging that her story is not everybody’s story, she seems to have now found a happy, stable relationship with her husband, Alan. I don’t remember her definitively labeling herself now, but it seems as if she may identify more as bisexual than gay these days. She has worked with the LGBT community in Australia and America for 20 years now, and as a result of her own story and of deep listening to and relationships with others in this community, she has come to a beautiful, open-hearted, warm, grace-giving, and deeply pastoral approach to her ministry…

There are a lot of wise insights in this book. I will focus on just a few…

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