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Christopher West is an adjunct professor of the Institute of Priestly Formation in Omaha, and a visiting professor of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Melbourne, Australia. His books, extensive lecturing, and numerous tapes have sparked an international groundswell of interest in John Paul II's Theology of the Body. He and his wife, Wendy, have three children.

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Based largely on Pope John Paul's "theology of the body," West's message is that sexual bonding is an aspect of Christ's connection to His Church on earth. Read with youthful enthusiasm by Paul Smith, the program discusses the Christian practice of cloaking sexual impulses in spiritual imagery and promoting strategies for managing such impulses. In West's confusing view of the Church's teachings about homosexuality, being gay is not a sin, but it is evil, a deviation from God's plan, and a sign of man's fallen nature! Still, the writing sounds less punitive than some religious approaches to sex and might help people who are desperate for some outside authority to manage this part of their lives. T.W. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press; Revised edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867166193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867166194
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher West is a renowned educator, best-selling author, cultural commentator, and popular theologian who specializes in making the dense scholarship of the late John Paul II's "Theology of the Body" accessible to a wide audience. As Founder of the Cor Project, he leads a global outreach devoted to cultural renewal through a dynamic and fresh proclamation of the Gospel. The graduate courses he teaches at the Theology of the Body Institute attract students from around the world. His extensive lecturing, numerous books, articles, video programs, and media appearances - millions have seen him on Fox News, ABC News, MSNBC, EWTN, TBN, Sirius XM and CBN - have sparked an international groundswell of interest in the Theology of the Body across denominational lines.

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87 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Kevin C Knight on November 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm unimpressed with most Catholic sex books -- they're either too sappy and prudishly vague, or too clinical, or try to be too cute in their orientation toward teens, or are just plain heterodox.
This one is different. It's frank, without being prurient. It's clear. It's written for grown-ups. And best of all, from its sound practical advice to its soaring theological reflection, it's thoroughly Catholic.
Archbishop Chaput said it best: "Do the Church -- and yourself -- a favor: Read and reread this book. Encourage everyone you know to do the same."
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60 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Michael Angelo Faulkner on January 2, 2002
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I have searched and searched for several decades for a true meaning of human sexuality. I found secular teachers disappointing in their promises of physical pleasures and Christian writers just as disappointing when addressing the soul. No one seemed to present sexuality and marriage in a more cosmic sense of what is really taking place. Christopher West does an outstanding job of introducing us to the Pope's explosive thinking on the total human person - body, soul and spirit. How awesome we really are! And how critically wonderful our sexuality is.
West does a fine job of showing how we can understand our nuptial life in marriage in the context of Baptism and the Eucharist. Of considering the nuptial embrace to be meant to occur in the light with eyes wide open, both spouses celebrating and reaffirming their vows over and over. After absorbing West's work, I encourage you to delve into John Paul's "The Theology of the Body" and "Love and Responsibility".
I do like West stepping forward and away from the euphimisims that plague most Catholic texts on human sexuality. The Cathechism refers to "acts proper and exclusive to marriage". West actually goes further and addresses parts of the genitalia and to oral and anal sex. He meets us where we are, i.e., in the midst of a culture that shows no reserve about sex and relationships. And helps one to sort it all out.
I do have one reservation about his book though. I sense that he is presenting the Pope's teaching and his own views at the same time. But where does the Pope leave off and West continue? This is why I am also reading the Pope's on words as well.
My wife and I have recently been reunited in our marriage of 32 years after an eight year separation.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2000
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This is an excellent resource for anyone desiring to know what the Catholic Church really teaches about sex and marriage. It is clear and concise, and answers lots of tough questions. Christopher West does an excellent job of bringing John Paul II's "Theology of the Body" to the people. What a great way for readers to discover the "nuptial meaning of the body" from an internationally recognized speaker on the subject!
The chapters of this book clearly build upon one another, starting with "The Great Mystery: Laying the Foundation." Subsequent chapters cover Church Authority, Basics of Marriage, Chastity Outside of Marriage, Chastity within Marriage, Contraception, Reproductive Technologies, Same-Sex Attraction, and Sex and the Celibate Vocation.
I would highly recommend this book to parents, married or engaged couples, Catholic teachers, marriage preparation ministers, or anyone desiring to know more about authentic Catholic teaching on sex and marriage.
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98 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Marcel LeJeune on July 24, 2003
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Having been a student of John Paul II's writings and teachings on the Theology of the Body and having studied his personalistic approach to the human person in graduate school (yes, I am tooting my horn...but more on that in a minute) I can speak to this book with an informed conscience.
First off this book is a useful tool for all who want to understand the Pope?s Theology of the Body better. West uses mostly a Q&A format that is user-friendly and easy to read yet he answers most questions very adequately. I recommend that you read the book front to back rather than skipping ahead to the questions that interest you most because your familiarity with the foundational material will help you understand the questions that follow.
West approaches topics timely to all people. It would be a favor to yourself if you read it.
Now as a response to those that think he is "one-sided" in his approach to Catholic moral teaching I would like to give an answer to this. The critics on this site seems to reduce their arguments against West's text to the argument that he has simplified something much more complex. I beg to differ.
I will address a few statements by one reviewer that adequately sum up their disagreements. They say "We shouldn't just willy-nilly disagree with a Church teaching without first researching what the Church says about it."
--In other words, this person seems to say that all we have to do to disagree with a teaching of the Church is to research it enough and THEN disagree. But, they go on:
"However, if we do research it and pray about it, and still honestly do not agree with the Church, then our conscience should be our guide."
--My response is Yes and No.
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