Mostly I have a few books on the go, and dip between them, lose the thread a few times, but eventually get the end of some of them. But then every so often a book comes along that has to be read at every available stage of the day: before bed, over breakfast, right through lunch break and more after dinner. A Better Story: God, sex and human flourishing by Glynn Harrison has gripped me in this way. That is why I am suggesting it here as my first ‘Great Summer Read’, among a selection of books about culture and mission that you really must read this summer if you can.
Glynn Harrison is a former professor of psychiatry at the University of Bristol, and therefore is able to draw on years of research in analysing the sexual revolution. He breaks his book down into three parts, first understanding the sexual revolution from the 1960s to today, then critiquing it from a biblical perspective, before calling us as Christians to shape the ‘better story’ of the title. Though he could have pitched this at a fully academic level, this is a book for everyone who is prepared to think, and is written in lucid, clear and engaging language for everyone. He handles Scripture well, and brings to it the findings of some fascinating studies from the world of modern psychiatry. Continue reading “Great summer reads 1 – A Better Story”