Lovestruck: Discerning God’s Design for Romance, Marriage, & Sexual Intimacy from the Song of Solomon

Reviewed by: Connor Salter, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, IN.

 


Introduction

Title: Lovestruck: Discerning God’s Design for Romance, Marriage, & Sexual Intimacy from the Song of Solomon

Author: Sharon Jaynes

Publisher: Nelson Books

Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Format:  Paperback

Length: 224 pages

OVERVIEW

For most people, the Song of Solomon is just an awkward book in the Bible. However, its view of sexuality and romance has the potential to help couples renovate and improve their marriages. Sharon Jaynes guides women through the book, showing its intimate but powerful narrative. Along the way, she uses insights from relationship experts and personal testimonies to show how the narrative’s themes are still relevant today.

Since sex is such an intimate topic, it’s hard to engage with the Song of Solomon. Many scholars take the safer option and try to explain its talk about love as just being metaphorical. Jaynes makes the brave choice to treat the book literally but also uses enough tact to avoid seeming crass. By adding humor and supporting material throughout, she also gives readers some material they’re more comfortable with, making it easier to appreciate the topic. A great book for married women who want to learn how their faith relates to even the most intimate areas of life.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5 stars)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Married women seeking a healthy love life that honors God.

Christian Impact

Jaynes takes a topic that few people feel comfortable talking about and shows God’s plans for redemption, healing and unity even in the most private topic.

 

 


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