Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Inflamed Body Parts

flower stencil

This entry isn't about my left tonsil, although, if it wasn't for that sinister inflammation, I'd be righteously teaching the youth of Muttonham the finer points of the visual arts at this very minute.

As it is, I am hunched in front of the glowing screen in my purple bathrobe, nursing lukewarm echinacea tea, listening to internet radio and reading Lauren Winner's Real Sex (which the M left, conveniently, on the kitchen table).

I try not to write about sex here, but since this is in the form of a non-confessional book review, it is well within the purview of this blog.

I have to confess, I skimmed/skipped the first three quarters of the book. I did this for a few reasons.
  • I read all the righteous sex-is-only-for-people-married-to-each-other books that my mother gave me back in the 80s.
  • I attended those 90s InterVarsity sex lectures, too (that inevitably began with the presenter confessing to years of porn abuse or some other shocking sexual deviance)
  • I believe it. From what I saw in my skimming, she outlined an ethic and view of the body that I already espouse.
I was ready to dismiss the book as a complete waste of time, for me, personally. I was sure it was helpful for people not already indoctrinated by the Church. Finally, I was arrested by Chapter 6's subtitle: Line Drawing and Formation. I had had enough line drawing. The three second kiss, the hand holding, but mostly, I was tired of having the sense that I had crossed too many lines. I could skip line-drawing , but the "formation" bit was intriguing. I sat and read closely for a while. Her idea of focusing on classic Christian disciplines (like prayer, fasting, community) as opposed to wallowing in guilt when one has "crossed lines" was infinitely encouraging and sensible. This is probably going to make El Caballero laugh, because he's been advising me to be more disciplined in my prayer and study for ages.

nb, I double checked the spelling. Both inflamed and inflammation are orthographically correct.


Shannon Marie said...


that's the one, the gift. have you read it ?

Camille said...

no, I haven't, but I'll pick it up the next time I am at the library.

Lizzy said...

Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn't love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

Ephesians 5:2 (The Message)

I read this verse today while in grey cubeyland. And it reminded me of you. So I went searching for your writings. You've always loved extravagantly. Especially me. Greateful for you. I think you love just right. You love like Him. Thank you for that.

Camille said...

thanks Liz, that is encouraging and beautiful.

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