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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (February 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482570394
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482570397
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,825,425 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Jay Boyd was received into the Catholic Church in 2002. Since that time, it has been her desire to understand and proclaim the authentic teaching of the Magisterium, especially with regard to life issues and the sacred liturgy. Some of her thoughts on these topics have been published in articles in Homiletic and Pastoral Review; in addition, Dr. Boyd maintains a blog called “Philothea on Phire”, where most of the chapters in her book made their first appearance. She holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip Mcavoy on January 8, 2014
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Dr. Boyd who is a charming person doing her best to be a faithful Catholic. She has written a fine book which has many points that Catholics following the historic teachings can find agreement with. Nevertheless what is not mentioned is that there are dozens of Church Fathers, Popes and Bishops from the past who absolutely reject the concept of frustrating God's gift of procreation. For nearly it's entire history the Catholic Church viewed the concept of avoiding children and having marital relations for pleasure alone as a serious sin for which no "just cause" can ever exist. The "just cause" is a 19th and 20th century innovation which finds no precedent whatsoever in the past councils and fathers.

Consider for example, Augustine of Hippo:

"This proves that you [Manicheans] approve of having a wife, not for the procreation of children, but for the gratification of passion. In marriage, as the marriage law declares, the man and woman come together for the procreation of children. Therefore, whoever makes the procreation of children a greater sin than copulation, forbids marriage and makes the woman not a wife but a mistress, who for some gifts presented to her, is joined to the man to gratify his passion (The Morals of the Manichees 18:65 [A.D. 388]).

No bishop or pope has the ability to change this law. It is a natural law created by God, that marriage is intended to beget children. In times past, before the 19th and 20th century it was universally recognized that those who intentionally frustrate God's will of the gift of children commit sin against nature.

We can additionally notice the historic teaching of the schismatic Orthodox Church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antonio J. Macias on September 6, 2013
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Jay Boyd does a marvelous job explaining what the Catholic Church (i.e., scripture, magisterium and Tradition) had always taught for more than 1960 years in relation to the first and second end of the Sacrament of Matrimony. The first end: procreation and education of the children (i.e., cooperate with God by being co-creators to the souls He wills to populate Heaven). The second end, is the union of the spouses.
Jay explores various aspects of the current situation of many faithful catholic couples who use NFP as if it were the virtuous way to control having children while still being morally correct. She explains why such attitude is not really open to life. Instead of focusing on how to determine what are the serious (i.e., "just causes") for which the Catholic Church gives the dispensation of using NFP to avoid pregnancy, the current way of promoting NFP in the church resembles simply the Catholic contraception.
This book (together with other articles, for ex. "Heroic parenthood" and some talks by Michael Voris [Vortex 5-Sep-13] and Mic'dUp [28-Aug-13]) , specially the gem of the first chapter of Jay's book (taken from a talk found at audiosancto.org) are worth the money.
To put it simply, the arguments presented in these sources have helped my wife and I stop teaching NFP (after 10 years of being a certified teaching couple) and instead focus on share the blessing of large families, the blessing of children, and complete trustful surrender to the Will of God. This has been truly liberating and a complete blessing! (We are now expecting our 5th child).
Sadly, we still find many people who argue: "well, teaching NFP still helps couples to shift from artificial contraception".
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Gawley on June 16, 2013
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Dr. Jay Boyd's writing on this critically important topic deserve to be read by serious Catholics who want to put NFP in its proper perspective. NFP is a theme that should be treated carefully and not presented as the "normal" way Catholic spouses ought to relate to one another. I am confident that Dr. Boyd's work here is just the beginning of the broader re-examination of the Catholic emphasis on NFP as the be-all/end-all for Catholic thinking on families and children. She is owed a debt of gratitude for engaging in what is admittedly a controversial topic with courage and conviction.

I recommend her work wholeheartedly.
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By Melissa Seffrin on May 30, 2014
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Enjoyed reading this book as it addressed some of my own uneasiness about the easiness of NFP. Definitely provides challenging questions about this practice.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jwinch2 on September 2, 2013
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[...]

It might be helpful for Dr. Boyd to recognize that Humani Vitae does not state that NFP should only be used for "serious" or "grave" reasons. This is a mistranslation of the Latin, which unfortunately has not been uncommon since Vatican II. The link above highlights the issue. The actual translation is "just reasons". In addition, Dr. Boyd might be interested to know that the Church has never defined what the just reasons are for the use of NFP to delay or postpone pregnancy. [...]

Finally, this is hardly a modern or modernist thing. Popes, going back to Pius XI have approved its use.

Traditional priests have also endorsed its use, and it is helpful to recognize that also. [...]
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