Author Dan Brennan takes a closer look at the oft-neglected and sometimes controversial topic of intimate Christian friendship between men and women in this unique book. With an approach that thoughtfully combines a learned survey of material on the subject with a contagious enthusiasm for what is ultimately a beautiful mystery, Brennan convincingly, yet charitably, takes on the popular notion that men and women can’t be friends.
In an age where non-hatred passes for Christian love, and affection is sacrificed on the altar of personal piety and propriety, the Church can ill afford to neglect a topic so central to Christian discipleship â€“ and to the Gospel itself â€“ as neighbour-love, and by extension, friendship. This book dares to ask, humbly, ‘Who is my neighbour?’
For the champion of cross-gender friendships as well as the skeptic, Brennan offers an enlightening look at the role of these special relationships in the life of Christ and the history of the Church. His approach is decidedly descriptive rather than prescriptive, leaving room for the uniqueness of every individual and relationship.
Where this book perhaps lacks a bit of the polish found in the offerings of larger publishing companies, I believe it retains a bit of honesty and sincerity often lost there.
I highly recommend Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions.