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It doesn’t have to be this weird....

When it comes to relationships between men and women, we have more questions than answers:

  • How do we keep relationships with the opposite sex healthy - and still hug each other after small group?
  • Is it possible for married men and women to be friends with people of the opposite sex?
  • What does it mean to be a woman if you’re not a wife, or a man if you’re not a husband?

Jesus’ pattern for church living was one of family - of brothers and sisters living in intimate, life-giving community with each other. With story, sensitivity, and hope, Beyond Awkward Side Hugs invites us to leave behind eroticized, fear-based patterns and move toward gendered, generous relationships between men and women of character as we love one another as Jesus did.

Beyond Awkward Side Hugs is a deep well of biblical wisdom, and Lea has written with nuance and clarity, humor and grace.” (Jen Pollock Michel, author of Surprised by Paradox and Keeping Place)

“The church desperately needs a bigger vision for how men and women can flourish together in ministry and friendship, and Bronwyn Lea paints a vivid picture for how we’ll get there.” (Steve Wiens, author of Shining Like the SunBeginnings, and Whole)

©2020 Bronwyn Lea (P)2020 Thomas Nelson

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SUPER RELEVANT!!!

have not read a better book yet that addresses this pressing issue of relating and loving well as brothers and sisters in the family of God in non awkward ways!! Bronwyn's thorough, biblically sound and humorous stories will encourage, challenge and inspire you to Live out the Life we've been made to Live in God's family as a normal reality!!

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  • 19-09-2020

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I accidentally bought this book and now can't get rid of it. never again !

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  • 23-04-2020

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Bronwyn Lea is one of the wisest, most thoughtful people I know. So if she writes a book, I'm going to read it. Of course her book did not disappoint. It is rich in content and easy and fun to read. I long to live in a community like Bronwyn describes with my brothers and sisters in Christ. In our sex crazed society, Bronwyn's model, that she builds from scripture, is just the healthy, loving life that we are all seeking.

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