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Intended for Pleasure: Sex Technique and Sexual Fulfillment in Christian Marriage, Third Edition Hardcover – April 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; 3 edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800717368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800717360
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Intended For Pleasure is an easy-to-read reference book that has been revised and expanded in its third edition. Ed and Gaye Wheat, along with their medical associate Dow Pursley, combine biblical teaching on love and marriage with the latest medical information on sex and sexuality. Drawing on years of experience in counseling couples, the authors have updated each chapter, adding information on contraceptives and a new chapter on sexually transmitted diseases, clarifying information on AIDS, herpes, HPV infection, and gonorrhea. Intended For Pleasure gently encourages the married couple to make their sexual relationship the fulfilling experience it was meant to be. This is a complete sex manual for practicing Christians with basic facts, illustrations and candid discussion of all facets of human sexuality. Intended For Pleasure is highly recommended reading for newlyweds and an excellent resource for pastors and marriage counselors. -- Midwest Book Review

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Intended for Pleasure is an easy-to-ready reference book that has helped hundreds of thousands of Christian couples gain the most out of their sexual relationship. The Wheats, along with their medical associate Dow Pursley, combine biblical teaching on love and marriage with the latest medical information on sex and sexuality. Drawing on years of experience in counseling couples, the authors have updated each chapter, adding information on contraceptives and a new chapter on sexually transmitted diseases, clarifying information on AIDS, herpes, HPV infection, and gonorrhea. Intended for Pleasure gently encourages the married couple to make their sexual relationship the fulfilling experience it was meant to be. This is a complete sex manual, with basic facts, illustrations, and frank discussion of all facets of human sexuality. A perfect gift for newlyweds and a source book for pastors and marriage counselors, this book will help all couples understand and enjoy the gift God intended for pleasure. Dr. Ed Wheat, a family physician for decades, is an authority on premarital and marital counseling. His wife, Gaye Wheat, has presented Christian Home seminars with her husband. Their associate, Dow Pursley, M.D., carries on the practice of Dr. Wheat, who is now retired.

Customer Reviews

Very informative book.
Kathy C.
This book was very informative about sexual relationships within Christian marriages.
J. A. Ponsart
This is a wonderful book - and I highly recommend this to any newly married couple.
R. Contreras

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163 of 168 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Six months after we were married, I was wondering if all men wanted sex ALL the time. It seemed like it was exhausting work with no equal payoff for the wife. Then we got this book for a belated wedding present. The problems we were suffering emotionally and technically were addressed in this book, maybe clinically, but factually. This book turned us around 180 degrees. We have had an excellent relationship ever since, and yes, women were intended to have orgasm(s) during intercourse, although some physiologically may need something different. That, I assure you, is not our problem now, and it is directly due to this book. Thank you to the Wheats!
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168 of 183 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
Format: Hardcover
The beginning of the book is fairly dry as it discusses anatomy, but once you get passed that there are exciting tips. My husband learned that I may not have an orgasm every time and it's OK. He also learned that intercourse is not the most pleasurable part for me. I learned ways to help my husband last longer and, in general, how to be more sexually pleasing to him. Great information for brides on pg. 161. If you're engaged, wait until the week before your wedding or you may be too tempted to wait.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book and "Intimate Issues" at the reccomendation of a female friend who said that she wished someone had told her about them before she got married.
When I recieved the books I immediately dove into this one, it's an easy read, seperated into chapters so that you can read what intrests you. Technique, STD's, dysfunction, God's purpose for sex, etc. etc. it's not like the stereotypical Christian sex book... Ed Wheat gives the reader a good idea of how exciting and fulfilling sex can be in marriage. There's also a chapter on the honeymoon night and having sex for the fisrt time.
This book is esspecially helpful for men who might feel they can't sexually satisfy their wife, there is an extensive section on a "cure" method for pre-ejaculation and also a section on teaching him the intricacies of a woman's body and how to last longer so that he can please her. Ed feels very strongly that it is a man's job to please his wife... I was happy when my finace borrowed this book from me and claimed he had read the whole thing!
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By MHerr1701D@aol.com on May 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I purchased this book before my honeymoon in hopes of ithelping my wife and I get the maximun enjoyment out of sex in ourmarrige. The first few chapters are rather dry and cold speaking mostly of anatomy and the like. After that there are some excellent tips to making sex very enjoyable and not discouraging, especially if its your first time. These chapters helped me tremendously in finding out what God intended for sex and pleasing my wife. All the tips he gives in these chapters are very long and tedious. If you think you have these problems prepare yourself for some fun but hard work. Lots of practice sessions with total vulnerability with your partner. And probably with some disappointments. It can be tedious reading but stick with it, it is helpful. Some of the commentary is very clinical and dry, but helpful when you apply it. I really saw the heart of the writers, which is to help and instruct people to have the most fulfilling sex life as possible. END
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60 of 69 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book I have ever read in regards to marital love and sex. Ed and Gay Wheat have taken and educated, "no-hype", direct approach to married sexual fulfilment. This is not a book for those seeking anything other then satisfied, commited sexual fulfillment. I encourage every couple to purchase this book before marriage and this would certainly be a great shower gift before the wedding. Parent's this is a wonderful book to help explain all the things you were uncomfortable telling your children all along.
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75 of 89 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2000
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... here's my review:
Intended for Pleasure gives a lot of good, basic, explicit advice on both a marital sexual relationship, and the technique of lovemaking itself. It avoids couching the facts in poetic language which is one of its strengths. It also does a good job of addressing myths and wrongheaded attitudes which need to be dispelled. I know that it motivated me to do some self examination of my character. I realized that I had a lot of unhelpful pride that I needed to let go before my wedding night.
The main weakness of the book is that the author sometimes fails to fully explain some of the actions he refers to. It's kind of like a Julia Child cookbook where she refers to a complex procedure without ever explaining what it is. In a book like this it's a good idea to be completely descriptive at all times. Once something has been explained, then you can refer to it by a general reference.
The illustrations are only marginally helpful. I'm not advocating the inclusion of Hustler type photographs, but something more detailed than line drawings would be more educational.
The author also sometimes gets badly sidetracked. For example, he includes the procedure for doing a pap smear in the basic anatomy section. What on Earth would a reader of this book want with that information? I suspect he let his fascination with medicine interefere with his purpose in writing this book.
All of that being said, however, this is overall a very good book on the subject. I would recommend it to any Christian couple who is going to be married within a month or so.
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