Sex in a Broken World: How Christ Redeems What Sin Distorts
Sexuality is a fundamental part of what it means to be human—part of God’s beautiful design when he created all things. And yet, sex in our world today looks nothing like the way that God intended it to be. Sexual brokenness surrounds us and, in one way or another, affects us all.
This sexual brokenness reveals our deep need for redemption—something quick fixes, mere behavior modification, or a set of rules can’t provide. Honest and direct yet kind and caring, this book points us to the only place we can find help for sexual brokenness—the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. Only this grace offers hope for a life of freedom, purity, and joy as God intended.
“Sex in a Broken World is a wise and needed reminder about the deep roots of sin and the even deeper power of the gospel. This is a pastorally sensitive and theologically informed book. I recommend it.”
—Gerald Hiestand, Senior Associate Pastor, Calvary Memorial Church; Executive Director, The Center for Pastor Theologians; author, Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A New Approach
“Paul Tripp has dealt with many important issues common to Christians. Now he takes up another, in his customarily engaging style. This time, he addresses what is perhaps the most important moral issue of the church today: sexual brokenness.”
—Ronald J. DeHaas, CEO, Covenant Eyes, Inc.
“Paul Tripp’s writing always challenges, encourages, and inspires me. Sex in a Broken World did just that. Sexuality can be beautiful, but it’s also broken, so we have to be honest about the topic. If you read this book with an open and humble heart, God will use it to deepen your passion for Christ and help you discover a life of freedom, purity, and joy.”
—Craig Groeschel, Pastor, Life.Church; author, Daily Power: 365 Days of Fuel for Your Soul
“Once again, Paul Tripp has graciously and pastorally applied the comfort and challenge of the gospel to the street-level reality of our lives. This time, with Sex in a Broken World, sexuality and relationships are unpacked and explained in a way that leads readers to be gently discipled, not scolded or made to feel shame. I am so grateful for a book that I can recommend to women, who, like men, need the hope and wisdom of Christ applied to this aspect of their humanity!”
—Ellen Mary Dykas, Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Harvest USA; editor, Sexual Sanity for Women
“Lots of books are written about sex, but none of them are like this one. This book is an unapologetically God-centered view of sex, exploring not only how God intended it to work, but also why it so often does not. Paul Tripp, who has to be one of our generation’s most insightful Christian thinkers, asks questions in this book that few people of faith dare to ask: Why did God create me with unfulfilled desires? Why do I so often feel disappointed? What does God really feel toward me when I fall to those same temptations again and again? You will not only read this book, but you will devour it, and you’ll likely find yourself recommending it to everyone you know.”
—J. D. Greear, Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; author, Not God Enough and Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary
“Sexual insanity has taken over our world, so we need sane counsel from a wise counselor. Paul points us to Christ, grounds us in truth, and navigates a pathway through the craziness. Would you expect anything less from Paul Tripp?”
—Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; author, The Pastor and Counseling and She’s Got the Wrong Guy
“This is everything we’ve come to expect and appreciate from Paul Tripp’s writing: searing realism about ourselves and unbounded confidence in the power of the gospel to bring insight, wisdom, and restoration. This is an urgently needed book and will be an eternal blessing to many.”
—Sam Allberry, Speaker, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; author, Why Bother with Church? and Is God Anti-Gay?
“This wonderful book shines the bright hope of the gospel into the deep darkness of guilt and shame. Not simply scapegoating our post-Christian culture, Paul ‘normalizes’ a universal human struggle that afflicts every child of God. Like me, you will find yourself in these pages: assured you’re not worse than others and that your loving, heavenly Father understands your weakness, offered up his Son to redeem your sexuality, and poured out his Spirit to empower your transformation. Join me in celebrating with Paul our great God who redeems broken things!”
—David White, Director of Targeted Discipleship, Harvest USA; author, Sexual Sanity for Men
“Many books today confront the sexual brokenness of the modern world. Precious few equip you to spot counterfeit hopes while leaving you with an exhilarating sense of true hope. I know of no better antidote to our sexualized age than Sex in a Broken World. Read it, examine your own heart and habits, and soak in the renewing, restoring, overcoming grace of Jesus Christ.”
—Owen Strachan, Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; coauthor, The Grand Design; coeditor, Designed for Joy
Paul David Tripp (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, and international conference speaker. He is also the president of Paul Tripp Ministries. He has written a number of popular books on Christian living, including What Did You Expect?, Dangerous Calling, Parenting, and New Morning Mercies. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife Luella and they have four grown children. For more information and resources, visit paultrippministries.org.