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December 27, 2005

Book Review: Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships

The following is a review done on behalf of Mind & Media. The copy of the book I reviewed was donated by the publisher, through Mind & Media for the purpose of this review.

From the book...

"A healthy sex life is central to one's sense of well-being..."

 "Sexual desire adds zest to people's lives, whereas diminished or inhibited sexual desire can detract from their enthusiasm for living and make life seem flat an uninteresting."

From the Bible...

"He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband. And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction." -- 1 Corinthians 7:33b-34

 "For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it." -- Matthew 19:12

To start off with such closed minded statement spoke little of the authors' abilities in actually treating the subject intelligently, and yes, they proved just that. From referring to sexual desire as "animal nature" to their ambivalence to the immorality of fornication and homosexual behavior this is definitely not a book Christians would be interested in. It is sad that it would be foisted on those looking for real answers to some important questions.

Posted by Danny Carlton at December 27, 2005 06:50 PM

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Wow...sounds like you haven't even read the whole book. And the book doesn't claim to be a Christian book either.

Posted by: Stacy at December 27, 2005 10:02 PM

When a book pushes itself so hard to look and sound like a textbook, but opens with such an idiotic claim that only sexually active people are well adjusted, I don't need to read all of it to know it's a stupid book. I did go through quite a bit of the book and found it to be consistent in its moral rationalizations of very harmful behavior.

My blog is generally targeted to Christians, therefore I take that into account when reviewing a book.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at December 27, 2005 10:48 PM

Danny, I can understand your concern about the book, especially if you were coming from an expectation that it was a Christian handbook in the vein of H. Norman Wright. Of course, it isn't. And I make that disclaimer in my review at Bloggin' Outloud. But as an analysis of sexual disfunction for a secular classroom it seems to accomplish its intended goal as outlined on the jacket. So that is how I based my review. Thanks for reading. Lyn

Posted by: Lyn at January 11, 2006 10:10 AM

Lyn, had the book simply addressed the subject without acknowledging God or religion, it would be one thing, but it made some very serious false statements. A healthy sex life is not central to one's sense of well being. Many, in fact most people have a wonderful sense of well being without sex being a part of their life at all. A diminished sexual desire does not necessarily detract from one's enthusiasm for living and make life seem flat an uninteresting. On the other hand an overacting sexual desire can distract one from many important things in life.

The book remained vague in regards to who the sex "partner" was, in an apparent effort to include non-married couples as well as homosexuals. How is that in any way healthy?

There's a reason we are to be in the world, but not of it. It's because the world is WRONG in it's view of reality. This book illustrates that clearly.

Posted by: Danny Carlton at January 11, 2006 03:54 PM

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