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SEX. Splashed across magazine covers, billboards, and computer
screens - sex is thrilling, necessary, unavoidable. And everybody's
doing it, right? // In Real Sex, Lauren Winner speaks candidly
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. // Refusing to slink away from thorny
topics, Winner deftly addresses pornography, masterbation and the
perennial question of "how far is too far?" Winner also digs
deeper; What does chastity have to do with loving my neighbor? How
does sexual behavior form habits and expectations? With compassion
and grit, she calls us, whether married or single, to pursue
chastity as conversion and amendment of life. // Real Sex is an
essential read for single Christians grappling with chastity, for
married Christians committed to monogamy, and for those who councel
In the wake of a terrifying earthquake, Sano Ichiro races to solve
a crime that could bring down the shogun's regime. When a massive
earthquake devastates Japan in 1703, even the shogun's carefully
regulated court is left teetering on the brink of chaos. This is no
time for a murder investigation - except when a nobleman's
daughters are found dead from incense poisoning and their father
threatens to topple the regime unless Sano Ichiro tracks down the
killer. As Sano and his wife strive to solve the case in a world
that is crumbling around them, Laura Joh Rowland - author of one of
the "five best historical mystery novels" (The Wall Street Journal)
- brings us her most powerful and evocative thriller yet.
Japan, 1704. In an elegant mansion a young woman named Tsuruhime
lies on her deathbed. The death of the Shogun's daughter has
immediate consequences on his regime. Faced with his own mortality
and beset by troubles, he names as his heir Yoshisato, the
seventeen-year-old son he only recently discovered was his. Until
five months ago, Yoshisato was raised as the illegitimate son of
Yanagisawa, the shogun's favorite advisor. Yanagisawa is also the
longtime enemy of Sano Ichiro. When Sano learns that Tsuruhime's
death may have been a murder, he sets off on a dangerous
investigation as he struggles to keep his pregnant wife and his son
safe. Instead, he and his family become the accused. And this time,
they may not survive the day.
Meg Langslow is plying her blacksmith's trade at Caerphilly Days, a
festival inspired by the town's sudden notoriety as "The Town That
Mortgaged Its Jail." The lender has foreclosed on all Caerphilly's
public buildings, and all employees have evacuated - except one.
Phineas Throckmorton, town clerk, has been barricaded in the
courthouse basement for over a year. But the lender seems
increasingly determined to evict him, and may succeed after one of
its executives is found shot, apparently from inside the basement.
Meg and her fellow townspeople suspect that someone hopes to end
the siege by framing Mr. Throckmorton. Meg soon deduces that the
killer isn't just trying to end the siege but to conceal
information that would help the town reclaim its buildings.
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