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With over 2.5 million copies in print, The Act of Marriage has helped thousands of Christian couples maximize their joy in sexual union. The difference it's made has, without exaggeration, saved marriages. Pastors, doctors, and psychologists alike have endorsed the frank, practical insights shared by Tim and Beverly LaHaye. This updated and expanded edition gives a fresh, even more informative edge to an already definitive book. Greater details are included on such important topics as the key to orgasmic love and the value of Kegel exercises. New sections discuss "sex after sixty" and five reasons why God created sex. All supported by Bible passages from the clear, understandable New International Version and by the very latest findings in the fields of medicine and sociology. For engaged couples and newlyweds who want to make lovemaking a joy from the start . . . for couples who have been married for years and want to maintain the flame or rekindle the embers . . . for every husband and wife who wants to be a better lover--here are the insights into each other's bodies, psychosexual makeup, and need for tender, unselfish affection that can help you achieve your goal. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Tim LaHaye is founder and president of Family Life seminars, a national family ministry that organizes seminars throughout the country. In addition he was instrumental in founding the Institute for Creation Institute, an organization that forms debates on secular college campuses and produces a monthly magazine. He was president and founder of Christian Heritage College and San Diego Unified Christian School System. LaHaye has published many best-selling books, including How to Manage Pressure Before Pressure Manages You, How to Win Over Depression, The Act of Marriage, and The Coming of Peace in the Middle East. Beverly LaHaye is the wife of Dr. Tim LaHaye, the mother of four, and the grandmother of nine. She is the host of Beverly LaHaye Today, a daily radio talk show, and Founder and Chairman of Concerned Women for America, the largest women's pro-family advocacy group in America. She is also the author of several books. She lives in Palm Springs, California
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Revised edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310211778
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310211778
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an amazing book & I wish I read it years ago!
Ashley Allgood
Can save your marriage if you read this book with an open heart and the will to want to change for the better.
April Morris
Tim LaHaye and his wife give a very practical guidelines and detail information about this subject.
Phoebe

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62 of 73 people found the following review helpful By L. Baillie on March 2, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was SOOOO helpful when my husband and i read it before our wedding! We were raised in church and virgins when we married and had always heard all the "No having sex before you're married" speeches but i didn't realize til we read this book how little positive, Christian perspective we'd been given on the gift of sex other than that the act was designed by God and children are a blessing. i'd heard so many wedding night horror stories from friends and was fairly terrified and confused about why that would be...

i think the reviews that talk about how outdated this book is need to realize how long ago it was written and that maybe some parts weren't helpful to them but after i read it i thought this would be so helpful to all couples no matter how long they'd been married, i think everyone could gain something from reading it. There's probably many couples thinking they know all there is to know because they've been in a married sexual relationship for 40 years or whatever but the value of the chapters(and from a Christian perspective) about how the Lord designed different areas of our body to function is not something you can just learn from experience. And some couples who went into marriage more "experienced" maybe don't realize why they're experiencing some negative residual affects after marriage.

i would just think that one could consider the fact that this dear couple who love the Lord and want to help couples in this area of their marriage and who WERE writing to a certain audience at a certain time, and could read this with a little grace, take the good, disregard what doesn't apply to you personally, and realize that this book has had so many editions printed, it is a classic that HAS helped so many couples and we can REJOICE in that, that is amazing and valuable, i recommend this book whenever the topic comes up and i have personally seen the Lord bless us so much because of what we learned reading this book!
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
As a young couple looking into marriage, our pastor gave us this book to read and discuss. It was life-changing. I came from a broken home. My mother was always too embarassed to answer all the many questions that I had. This book did so in such a clear, godly way. It also opened up the lines of communication between my husband and I before we were ever married. It is a wonderful study book for the couple. I was embarassed about some parts in it before we were married but it did lay an excellent foundation for our marriage. Personally, I will be requiring my children to read and study through this book prior to marriage as well. Don't miss it!
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Morales on October 10, 2004
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This is one of the books my husband and I read before our wedding. I was raised in a christian home and had no knowledge in this area. It was a topic that just wasn't discussed even in the church. I didn't want to be afraid of intimacy, due to the lack of knowledge but rather in peace knowing that the act of marriage is sacred and to be enjoyed in the union of marriage. My husband and I were able to get informed with a christian perspective and we were able to take from it what we needed. This is a book that I often give to friends whom are getting married. It is a great book to read as a starter in getting to know more about intimacy in a marriage.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 7, 1999
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i am getting married and was very nervous about not knowing somethings that i was too embarrassed to ask. there was some guilt that some of my preceptions might not follow what Christ would teach. not being able to find some of these answers in the Bible myself confused me evenmore. i was even embarrassed to check the book out at my local book store. i am so glad that i did find the nerve to check it out because it answered my questions, and settled my nerves. It also gave me more confidence for my honeymoon, and helped me to overcome some of the shame of 'just not knowing'.
thank you so much. God Bless
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1997
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This book is an excellent reference for any engaged or married couple who desire to please God through their marriage. The authors give excellent detail about making a marriage one that pleases God, and the book is written in a tone that makes you want to keep reading. Put these principles to practice and you will see a beautiful change in the emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of your marriage
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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This book was reccomended to me by a friend and I read it. I then had my fiance (now husband) read it. I've passed it on to an engaged friend and she is now passing it on to others.
More than just a how-to book. It answers questions you're afraid to ask but need to know.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Richards on February 24, 2007
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As an engaged man excited about my impending first sexual encounter, I reached out to Christian friends for a recommendation about books about the top of sex. To a fault, each of them recommended LaHaye's "The Act of Marriage." After finishing the book, I couldn't agree any more. As the title of this review suggests, this book is simply the best. Not a single addition or subtraction would add or take away anything from this book. It covers almost every topic, addresses every taboo, and provides several golden nuggets of advice. It's a wonderful book. I recommend it to all who are engaged, newly married, or married for decades!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Phoebe on June 13, 2006
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This book has been very helpful for my husband and I. We read it before our wedding. Tim LaHaye and his wife give a very practical guidelines and detail information about this subject. I learned to enjoy and embrace sex as God's gift; not to approach it as a task or obligation.
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