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Open Embrace: A Protestant Couple Rethinks Contraception Paperback – March, 2002
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The Torodes combine gentleness of spirit and wisdom beyond their years with the urgency of a fresh "95 Theses." -- Allan Carlson, President of the Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society
This clear and well-written book presents a winsome case for the integrity and sweetness of sex 'au naturel.' -- Frederica Mathewes-Green, author of The Illumined Heart
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With the problem thus stated, the purpose of the book then is to put the 3 back together. The authors do so both successfully and efficiently. Open Embrace, although small, is filled with great wisdom.
Catholics practicing Natural Family Planning will find nothing new here, but then that is not the book's intended audience. Rather, the Torodes have written a book for other couples like themselves - Protestant couples that were never taught to oppose contraception.
Like Kimberly Hahn, and others who have traveled the same road before them, Sam explains that he originally, incorrectly assumed that the Catholic Church's prohibition on contraception was a superstition, leftover from the Middle Ages. After a friend explained that the Church actually had reasons for its teaching, he decided to research the subject himself. The book is the result.
Beginning with what it means to be created in the image of God, the Torodes reason that our sexuality reflects God's likeness. It is from this "theology of the body" then, that the Torodes logically embrace a vision of married love and the one-flesh union which cannot be diminished or compromised through the action of contraception.
Their logic is clear, simple, and easy to follow. Desiring to conform their desires and actions to the natural rhythms of the woman's body, they lead the reader to Natural Family Planning.Read more ›
If you are looking for an alternative to Birth Control in your Christian marriage, this is the primer for you: a first-person account by a husband and wife team, Sam & Bethany Torode, on the merits of Natural Family Planning (NFP) in their marriage and a short survey on the fall from grace of contemporary Evangelical leadership in the realm of sexual intimacy and attitudes towards the procreation of children. This is a very well and personably written marriage account with grounding in the historical and doctrinal position of the Church through the ages, transcending any particular denominational affiliation. An exhilirating, joyful marriage primer to be recommended for engaged couples, newlyweds, and a sobering side-hand indictment of popular attitudes inside the Evangelical community.
This young couple articulately reflects a growing conscience across Christian denominations on the physical dangers of the birth control pill and on the spiritual benefits of listening to the wisdom of Christians who have gone before us. A hard hitting book that is destined to help rally a coalescing movement in the Protestant Evangelical world . The writers write with a comfort level that comes from growing up in the Evangelical church, but also from first-hand experience in rubbing shoulders with other living and genuine believers in the Orthodox and the Roman Catholic community. "We are not alone!" is the refreshing rallying spirit of this marriage primer.Read more ›
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When this book was published in 2002, I was so inspired by it that I gave copies to my (mostly Protestant) residency friends. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by Mary C. Kinn
The reader may be interested in knowing that the Torodes divorced in 2009, had two unplanned pregnancies while nursing, and no longer preach their "natural" methods. Mr. Read morePublished on July 8, 2011 by somethingwittyhere
Very short read, but a great book for protestants who would like to learn more about why one would oppose contraception.Published on September 19, 2008 by Bobby Bambino
The reason I am giving this a low rating is because the authors have changed their views. The statement on their web site was laughable, its sad how far people can fall.Published on February 12, 2008 by J. C. Phillips
I liked the book, it was a quick easy read. But it's not a keeper. I really feel passionate on the issue of contraception for the Christian couple. Read morePublished on September 27, 2007 by D.S.
For the novice, a couple things need to be definitively stated here: Firstly, the Bible says exactly *nothing* about Birth Control, neither pro nor con. Read morePublished on August 23, 2006 by Mahatma Randy
It's important for anyone considering this book to know that a mere five years later the authors now disagree with the main argument of the book (though I'm sure they'd love for... Read morePublished on April 27, 2006 by RT
We will start giving this book out at our Catholic parish to the couples on their engaged weekend retreat.
Very informative and well written. Truly inspired.
If you think that a newly-married couple with virtually no experience dealing with family-planning issues is the best source for advice on family planning, you just might be... Read morePublished on December 25, 2005 by BeatrixB