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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Ascension Press (January 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935940155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935940159
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am SO glad I bought this book and I am very grateful to the author!
Kelly
The Popcak's are a couple that share faithful teaching in an easy to understand format.
CMR
What I like most about the book (the title is misleading) is two things.
A. Nino Vitale

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on June 22, 2004
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This book is just wonderful! I am a Catholic mom of 3 small children and I'm just starting to get "those" kinds of questions from my oldest child. I had no idea how to explain all this stuff, and it was very important that my explanations also prepare my children to grow into very moral, healthy, and happy Catholic adults. I bought this book looking for help with that, and boy did I find it! I am SO glad I bought this book and I am very grateful to the author!
Popcak gives an explanation of the meaning of sexuality and marriage that will blow you away! I was literally in tears reading a couple of passages in the beginning of the book on what "healthy Catholic sexuality" really is - I knew this stuff, but he said it in a way that was so beautiful and at the same time so simple to understand. He is really gifted.
I no longer feel afraid of those "well, how does the baby get IN the mommy's tummy if the mommy doesn't have a husband?" kind of questions - I feel this book has given me all the info I need to answer these questions in a way that is sensitive, helpful to my child, and pleasing to God. I am so grateful to Gregory Popcak!
If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. :)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Donje on August 21, 2003
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Read it through in one sitting.
Help to get parents talking to each other about matters sexual.
A Christian approach (no apologies)to understanding sexuality.
What your child needs to know and can handle at each period in life.
Answering the unasked questions.
Helping the child avoid pitfalls in relationships.
You'll likely keep it as a reference book.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A.G. on February 2, 2006
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I am a mother and I ordered this book because we had heard such great reviews. It turned out to be even better than I had hoped! It is an absolute must-have for all parents! Gregory Popcak explains sexuality in light of the teachings of the Catholic Church and emphasizes that sexuality encompasses our whole being. He explains that healthy sexuality is obtainable and can be taught to our children. Now I am not afraid of all the questions that will arise, but am actually looking forward to teaching my children about their God given sexuality!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Nino Vitale on April 30, 2012
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In one review, Rich, says statements like 'extreme lengths like co-sleeping and baby slinging. I have 4 sons and we co slepts and slung all of them. I'm proud to say they are some of the most well adjusted people you'd ever met. Rich also makes the assumption not sighting any research, that attachment parenting will lead to moral infantalism and prevent children from making independent decisions. I am beginning to wonder if Rich read the book. If you had, you'd realize the reason they re-released the book is because a large, 10 year, 500 person study was done and found exactly the opposite. In fact, this study actually shows that many of the technicques used in AP actually work and make children more independent and less reliant on others.

What I like most about the book (the title is misleading) is two things. 1 - the entire first section is a good journey through the importance of our bodies and how they are holy and how we should treat them. Good Christians know that we are embodies spirits, unlike angels, we are pure spirit. God gave us a body for a reason, so we could use it properly to glorify God and sanctify ourselves. Unfortunately, because of the fall, the body and its lower desires have overurn our intellect and we have to go on a journey through life to sanctify ourselves. It's a great study of this journey and was helpful for me as an adult. The second point of the book that I see is that 'the talk' is not 'a talk' but a series of life long talks that start at a young age. when you get to 'the talk' it actually makes sense and is not an uncomfortable talk at all. If you have a newborn, get this book. It will help on many levels lay the groundwork for when you actually tell them 'how it happens.' I very much raise my kids in a fashion of unfolding, rather than dropping huge bombs on them. Just taking the example or how God has revealed Himself over the course of history. JMJ
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Affer on December 26, 2006
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Excellent to review before talking with children of all ages: infant to teen. Uses catechism as back up, true to the church's teachings re: abc, etc,
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CMR on December 11, 2012
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The Popcak's are a couple that share faithful teaching in an easy to understand format.

This book definitely goes "beyond the birds and the bees" by providing excellent guidance for parents to lead their children from young to old into discovering and embracing the beauty of why God made us as He did.

If you are looking for a book with examples and time-tested wisdom of how to share God's plan for us and our bodies, then this is a must-read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Jansen on January 14, 2013
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I have been looking for this book for so long! Our goal is to raise children with healthy sexuality--in line with Theology of the Body, preached by John Paul II. This book is it.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By AMC in WV on April 25, 2013
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I consider this book # 3 of the Popcak trilogy in my house (Holy Sex, Parenting with Grace, and Beyond the Birds and the Bees). All are heavily based on JPII's Theology of the Body, which teaches us about God's design for all creation, in all our relationships, not just husband and wife. In the context of this book, teaching our kids about his design for us goes beyond a one time conversation that we as parents dread, but a lifetime of setting godly examples as parents and speaking about important questions that kids raise during different stages of their development. It also tackles difficult subjects for parents to address such as abortion, contraception, and homosexuality. His writing style is enjoyable and is a must read for every parent!
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More About the Author

Dr. Gregory Popcak (POP-chak) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an organization dedicated to helping Catholics find faith-filled solutions to tough marriage, family, and personal problems. He is an internationally recognized expert on the practical applications of St John Paul II's Theology of the Body to marriage, family, and personal issues.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: PASTORAL SOLUTIONS INSTITUTE:

Through the Pastoral Solutions Institute, he directs a group pastoral tele-counseling practice that provides over 10,000 hours/year of ongoing pastoral psychotherapy services to Catholic couples, individuals, and families around the world.

AUTHOR:

Dr. Popcak is the author of almost 20 popular books & programs integrating solid Catholic theology and counseling psychology (including; Just Married: The Catholic Guide for Surviving & Thriving in the First 5 years of Marriage, For Better...FOREVER!, Holy Sex!, Parenting with
Grace, Beyond the Birds and the Bees). His work has been translated into Spanish, Polish, Chinese, and Lithuanian among others.


RADIO HOST:

Since 2001, he and his wife and co-author, Lisa Popcak, have hosted several nationally-syndicated, call-in radio advice programs including Heart, Mind and Strength (Ave Maria Radio), Fully Alive! (Sirius/XM-The Catholic Channel), and most recently, More2Life (Ave Maria Radio--Airing M-F, Noon-1pm Eastern).

TELEVISION AND OTHER MEDIA:

Dr. Greg and his wife have also hosted two television series for EWTN (For Better...FOREVER! & God Help Me!).

In addition to hosting Faith on the Couch, a popular faith and psychology blog on Patheos.com, Dr. Popcak's articles appear regularly in periodicals such as Catholic Digest, Family Foundations, Tender Tidings, Columbia, and others.

Additionally, his work has been featured on FoxNews, NPR's Here and Now, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal, and The National Enquirer.

PUBLIC SPEAKING:

Dr. Greg Popcak and Lisa Popcak are sought after public speakers and trainers and have been honored to address audiences across North America, as well as Australia, and Hong Kong. They are featured speakers at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, an event which was the occasion of Pope Francis' first Apostolic trip to the US.

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:

In addition to his ministry work, Dr. Popcak serves on the adjunct faculty of both the undergraduate psychology and graduate theology departments at Franciscan University of Steubenville where he teaches Spirituality and the Helping Professions and Pastoral and Spiritual Direction respectively.

He also serves on the doctoral faculty of the Harold Abel School of Behavioral Health in the department of clinical social work at Capella University where he teaches Epistemology of Clinical Practice.

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