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May 6, 2010 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Relationships are tricky enough to sustain without factoring in religion. Here are some books on the topic, recommended by a couple local experts.
By James Nelson
Recommended by John Baker, pastor of First Baptist Church
“This book was written in ’79, but Nelson was ahead of his time,” Baker says. “He sees the diversity of God’s creation and is open-minded in his thinking.”
Sex and Dating: Questions You Wish You Had Answers to
By Mindy Meier Recommended by Baker “This book is more conservative but doesn’t just rehash the traditional approach,” Baker says. “It comes down in a more reserved spot.”
Sex & the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses
By Donna Freitas Recommended by Bob Flanagan, assistant teaching professor of religion and culture at MU “This is an interesting discussion of how various expressions of the Christian tradition influence sexual lives of college students,” Flanagan writes in an e-mail.
Jesus, The Bible, and Homosexuality
By Jack Rogers Recommended by Flanagan “Among books that seek to counter the argument that the Bible clearly condemns homosexuality, this is one of the best by a person who acknowledges the authority of the Bible and identifies as a Christian,” Flanagan writes.