By Gary Thomas
Do you see the world as a prostitute, or a mother? Is the world one giant temptress that we must resist, or the means through which the Lord provides for us and nurtures us towards spiritual maturity? Our answer to this question reveals our attitude towards pleasure.
Our Christian subculture often encourages us to hate the world and abstain from all its pleasures, as if self-denial and looking glum were the pinnacle of holiness. Gary Thomas shows us how unbiblical this view of pleasure is, and in fact how dangerous it is to live a life devoid of holy pleasures. We become empty, and prey to sin. On the other hand, irresponsible enjoyment of pleasure is often the first step to worship of the world, which can of course very quickly destroy us.
In Pure Pleasure, Thomas presents a redeemed view of pleasure with its rightful place in a healthy Christian life. He teaches us how to view and handle pleasure in a biblical way, while always looking to Christ for our ultimate joy.
This is a book in season for me, as I try to establish a sustainable rhythm for work and play in a workaholic profession. The intentional pursuit of holy pleasures – this is what Sabbath should look like!