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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Rev Upd edition (November 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785264671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785264675
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born to missionary parents in French Equatorial Africa, Doug Rosenau has passionately been a sexual ambassador, therapist, professor, theologian and author in Evangelical Christianity for the past thirty years. His book, A Celebration of Sex, that was published in 1994 was actually shrink-wrapped when it first began being sold in Christian bookstores. Dr. Rosenau is a licensed psychologist, marriage and family therapist, certified sex therapist, and the author of many books and teaching videos on sexuality from a Christian world view.

After graduating from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), Doug received his doctorate (Ed.D.) from Northern Illinois University and teaches Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy nationally as a popular conference speaker and as a professor at Richmont Graduate University in Atlanta, Georgia. As co-founder of the Christian organization Sexual Wholeness, he has helped to create the Institute for Sexual Wholeness that trains Christian sex therapists and educators.

Dr. Rosenau and his wife, Catherine, live in Atlanta, Georgia, and have a daughter, Merrill, and granddaughter Caitlyn, who is the apple of his eye. He loves to mentor and help people grow in that important part of life and relationships, their sexuality. He can be reached through: www.sexualwholeness.com or www.psychologytoday.com and look for therapists in Georgia.


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This is a very informative book.
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I'd use it as a reference book rather then something to read cover to cover, but very good!
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I would recommend this book for any married couple.
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265 of 273 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 2004
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Before I found this wonderful book, I was skeptical that I would ever find a Christian sex book that I would truly appreciate. Let's face it: there are a lot of Christian sex books that put forth unrealistic opinions as biblical fact: masturbation is inherently evil, fantasy of any kind is incapable of being productive, oral sex is unnatural, and that basically any sexual satisfaction outside of intercourse is shameful and wrong.
Dr. Rosenau challenges these stereotypically "Christian" pleasure-phobic attitudes. As he writes, "I am determined that Christians reclaim God's wonderful gift of sexuality." His book is indeed a "celebration of sex." Our sexualities are a gift from God for us to enjoy and celebrate, not to deny and be ashamed of. And as long as we follow God's biblical guidelines for sexual intimacy, our marriages will be tremendously rewarded.
Naturally, the book explains the science of arousal, the menstrual cycle, birth control and so forth. It also goes into detail about enhancing intimacy by breaking down barriers of inhibitions and encourages couples to be playful and to be open to new experiences, and how sexual fantasy about one's spouse can be used to promote intimacy. He even says it is okay to be selfish at times, and how it does not contradict obedience. Entire chapters are devoted each to sexual communication, sensuous massage, mutual pleasuring, and what "making love" means to males and females.
Dr. Rosenau also covers overcoming barriers of sexual hangups. He covers the seldom heard-of topic of vaginismus, for which I am eternally grateful for. My wife and I were both virgins when we were married, and we learned the value of abstinence in a way I would not wish on anyone. Before our wedding, my wife had a rough examination from a gynecologist.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 28, 1998
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This book is probably the single best evangelical marriage manual on the market, complete with explicit but tastfully done drawings and unflinching examinations of various sexual issues. The contextualizing of sex into the larger sphere of marital relationships is especially helpful; communications between husband and wife about sex or anything else can be greatly improved if one heed's Rosenau's parameters for communication.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2003
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Absolutely the best book I have read on this subject! Couldn't recommend it more! This is my favorite bridal shower gift, as it is a helpful tool for getting started learning about the sexual relationship and is a great resource for years into exploring the gift of sex in marriage. Doesn't hide anything, comes complete with illustrations and celebrates a proper respect for the body and sexual intimacy.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Schriftman on October 25, 2008
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Having grown up in a conservative Christian context, sexual activities apart from the Missionary Position were often tainted by feelings of guilt. This book helped to embrace my sexuality and get rid of my baggage of Christian frigidness.

But be warned: In this book you will be encouraged to touch yourself, to explore and play, and to - yes - actually *celebrate* sex without a guilty conscience. The book even includes hand-drawn pictures of various positions, which, though nothing extraordinary for sex guides in general, might almost be revolutionary for the conservative Christian.

The book also helped my wife and me to openly *talk* about the details of sex, about our own sexual feelings or lack thereof, etc.

For the non-religious reader, this book is possibly still too unprogressive and has too many references to an Evangelical worldview, but it's a great tool for liberating Christians from sexual legalism and undue guilt.
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jones on February 8, 2002
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This book presents a scriptural discussion of sexual relations within the confines of marriage. Because good sex is more than just good technique, it doesn't stop there. The best possible sex comes from the best possible relationship. So this book starts by helping a couple develop the best possible relationship and then moves on to technique.
By the way, if you think the Bible is prudish when it comes to sex, then you haven't been reading your Bible. And, although this book is written from a scriptural point of view to married couples, it is anything but prudish. Prudent? Yes. Prudish? Not a chance.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By J. Kimball on June 6, 2002
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I have used this text for both premarital and marital counseling since it was first published. It is excellently written and biblically sound. When complemented with other texts by James Dobson, Gary Smalley and Ed Wheat, it makes an unbeatable resource to help couples gain a healthy, biblical view of sexuality in marriage.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 3, 2002
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I bought this book as was recommened by my christian counselor. This book is ideal for couples to read together, if you both are willing. I appreciate the referencing of biblical bases for all chapters and suggestions. It was well worth my investment.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Jim Phillips on July 21, 2003
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At the age of 49, this is the first book I have ever read about sex and one I would buy for my daughter and son in law. I can't imagine a more open and uninhibited discussion of what is the ultimate form of communication between a husband and wife. Dr. Rosenau has removed the plain brown wrapper on this all important subject. In a day when so many marriages end tragically, I can't help but think this fine work could not help reduce the numbers. ...
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