"Questions around sexuality have been major ones for churches in recent years. In this clear and elegantly argued book, Bill Countryman explores the intersection of sexuality and spirituality, and their relationship to the biblical texts, to our relationship to God, and to one another". -- back cover.
"This book began life when I was invited by the monks of Glenstal Abbey in Co. Limerick. Ireland, to address theire 40th Ecumenical Conference in June 2003. The title of the conference was 'Inclining the Ear of the Heart: Voices on Love, Sexuality, and Friendship,' and its focus took in a wide range of sexual issues in the contemporary church. .... The present work, though based on the address for Glenstal Abbey, is not identical to it. Even at the conference, I had to omit some of what I had prepared for reasons of time, and I have taken the opportunity to express other things more fully". -- Acknowledgements, p. 75-76.
Contents: The Reasons for this Book -- Love Human and Divine -- I: The Rose of Sharon -- II: God Alone Cannot be Beloved -- III: Love is a Phoenix -- IV: Joys Down from Heaven -- Acknowledgements -- Notes.