Christopher Yuan – Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story

In the past couple of years, I’ve read several books on same-sex relations written by Christian and ex-Christians. Dr. Christopher Yuan turned from an agnostic gay man who put his identity in his sexuality to a Bible professor who now puts his identity in Christ alone. He serves a gospel-centered discussion of sex, desire, and relationships in Holy Sexuality and the Gospel. Holy sexuality as a concept contains chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage.

This book has many strong points. First, there’s a foundation of Yuan’s position in the grand story of the Bible, instead of starting from personal experience, self-justification or a home-brewed religion projected to God hoping for a happy end for all. Second, there’s a clear distinction between desire, practice, and solutions after repent. Third, many of the guidelines are applicable to singles, married couples and fallible humans in general. Fourth, neither sexual orientation, affiliation, desires or practice define your identity. That gives room to make choices, abandon sin and find your identity in Christ alone, just as the Bible explains to Christians. Lessons for parents, pastors, friends, and lovers in an accessible, convincing narrative.

About the author

Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught at the Moody Bible Institute for over ten years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He speaks at conferences, on college campuses, and in churches. He co-authored with his mother, Angela, their memoir (now in seven languages), Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope. He is also the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Dr. Yuan holds degrees from Moody Bible Institute, Wheaton College, and Bethel Seminary.

I received a free review copy from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for my personal, unbiased opinion upon reading.