Sheila Wray Gregoire is a popular speaker, marriage blogger, and the author of nine books, including The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex and her latest book, The Great Sex Rescue, which she coauthored with her daughter Rebecca Lindenbach and Joanna Sawatsky. Today, Sheila shares how she became a Christian sex blogger, when she first realized that she must stand for justice, and how studying the messages Christians were sending about sex affected her faith. Plus, we talk all about the research behind The Great Sex Rescue, and the more faithful way to look at a hot issue like sex. This conversation reminds us that love and mutuality is the way.
Listen to Sheila’s story today
Stories Sheila shared:
- Picking up a copy of Love and Respect and how that bothered her
- Growing up as an evangelical in multiple denominations
- Struggling with gender roles and her own calling
- Being ready to ditch the faith at 16
- Losing a son after five years of marriage
- Discovering her spiritual prophetic gift
- Getting into blogging about sex by accident
- Why it’s sad we’ve turned sex into a transaction
- How sex and power are related
- The mutuality of sex in the Bible
- Why men are the victims of shame
- The message that is sent when sex is taught as an obligation
Great quotes from Sheila:
Life does not have to be happy for it to be real. Your faith can still be genuine even when you’re grieving. It doesn’t you’re spiritually weak to grieve.
My heart is with the oppressed. When I see an injustice I can’t handle it and I need to speak out.
God is an intimate God.
When we follow Jesus we are not harmed.
Resources we mentioned:
- Sheila’s blog
- The Great Sex Rescue: The Lies You’ve Been Taught and How to Recover What God Intended
- Books we mentioned:
- Making of Biblical Womanhood by Beth Allison Barr
- A Church Called Tov: Forming a Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing by Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer
- Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez
- We Too: How the Church Can Respond Redemptively to the Sexual Abuse Crisis by Mary DeMuth
- When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse by Chuck DeGroat