What if our Desires are more important than we thought?

 

Join best-selling author Christopher West on a life-altering journey through classical art, pop music, and film by way of the Christian mystical tradition. Fill These Hearts explores the ancient but forgotten truth that our infinite need, our often restless hearts, are pointing us toward a God who made us in His image.

About

This is a book about Desire. Not just trivial wants or superficial cravings, but the most vital powers of sexuality and spirituality that haunt us and compel us on our search for something. Along the way, Fill These Hearts blows the lid off the idea of Christianity as a repressive, anti-sex religion and unveils the hidden truth of life – that the restless yearnings we feel in both our bodies and our spirits are the very cry of our hearts for God.

Desire
Discover why as human beings we feel this universal “ache” for something more. Where does this hungry void in us come from? Why do we have it? What are we supposed to do with it?  The sexual relationship holds out a seemingly irresistible promise of happiness. For many, sexual love seems to offer the one chance of finding satisfaction, of filling that void. We live in a culture sated with sex, but we remain starved for love. Why is that? What role does sexuality play in our search for happiness?
Design
Learn what the very design of our bodies as male and female tells us about God. Why were we created as sexual beings? Why is sex designed to be so alluring and attractive? Was it only to dangle a carrot in front of our noses and then forbid us the satisfaction of eating it? Is the purpose of sex just to continue the species? Perhaps there is something deeper at work here, something grander beyond the merely physical that reveals the very meaning of existence.
Destiny
Find out how we are created for bliss and why our hearts know this somehow. Desire has a trajectory. Wherever we aim it, that’s where we will ultimately arrive. According to the Christian faith, the happiness we yearn for is precisely what God wants to give us— eternally. That’s what makes the Gospel “good news.” But the destiny of bliss is not a given. We must learn how to direct our desires according to the divine design if we are to reach our destiny.

 

About Christopher West

Christopher West is a best-selling author, educator and theologian recognized around the world for promoting an integral, biblical vision of human life, love and sexuality. He serves officially as a research fellow and faculty member of the Theology of the Body Institute near Philadelphia and is the founder of The Cor Project, an organization dedicated to cultural renewal through the Theology of the Body.

 

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“Be warned: this book is unlike any other you’ve ever read. It holds up the spirit of our age … and places it under the searchlight of the most fundamental understandings of human nature.”

–John Waters, columnist,

The Irish Times and author of Lapsed Agnostic

Testimonials

“In this book he weaves lessons from classical art, pop music, movies and the Christian mystical tradition to explore the ancient idea that the yearnings we feel in our bodies and spirits reveal the cry of our hearts for God.”

–Nicky Gumbel, Alpha International

“Be warned: this book is unlike any other you’ve ever read. It holds up the spirit of our age … and places it under the searchlight of the most fundamental understandings of human nature.

–John Waters, columnist, The Irish Times and author of Lapsed Agnostic

“West reminds us that Christianity is essentially a love story, and Christian sexual ethics exist to help us fulfill, not repress, our deepest desires.”

–Colleen Carroll Campbell, author of My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir

Fill These Hearts is a cultural balm. Christopher West writes with great love, of great love, drawing readers into His Sacred Heart.”

–Kathryn Jean Lopez, nationally syndicated columnist and editor-at-large, National Review

“Revolutionary…liberating…life-changing”—how many books deserve these labels? Very few. For many readers, this one will.”

-Peter Kreeft, Author

“Well done! Christopher West has done a masterful job of…exposing the deepest longings of the human soul as an authentic yearning for union with God.”

–Wm. Paul Young, author of The Shack

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