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Sexless in the City: A Memoir of Reluctant Chastity Paperback – April 15, 2008
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When the perfect man doesn't materialize on schedule, Anna Broadway tries various methods of searching out and piquing interest from the opposite sex, some of them merely ineffective, some disastrous, some embarrassing.
The book is probably easiest to read in the beginning, as she reveals her upbringing and personality, her early romantic experiences or lack of same, her obsession with love and romance and sexuality, her conflict between what she expects from God and what He actually delivers.
I found the middle part of the book a little confusing, with too many characters (identified by aliases the author has given them) drawn with sketchy details. It is long on descriptions of feelings and impressions of events that occur -- as it were -- off the stage, and it is short on full conversations and exposition of scenes that would put a reader in the middle of the action. Another reviewer of Sexless in the City wrote that the author should "show, not tell." This is probably the biggest barrier to getting the point across to the reader. This reticence to fully reveal such scenes might have been done to lessen exposure of other people in her narrative. (?Read more ›
Three other reading experiences come to mind after finishing Sexless - Nick Hornby's High Fidelity, Anne Lammott in general, and Blue Like Jazz. If anything strikes a chord with you in these three, Sexless is worth exploring for its search for community, vulnerable honesty about one's own failings and faith, and her willingness to admit the imperfections in the Church without giving up her commitment to it altogether.
But more than the writing, which was an utter delight, the content just kept blowing my mind a little. The author's ability to draw out of her experiences really keen insights into what it looks like to want the gift more than the giver, and how the Lord has faithfully led her through joy and pain to do surgery on her heart to remedy this was just outstanding. I kept reading passages out
loud to my husband, and even though he's in grad school and has a backlog of about 173 things he needs to read right now, he picked up the book after I finished it.
Maybe you wouldn't think that a 38 year old housewife and mother of two who is living in a tiny German village would be as moved a book about "reluctant chastity" as I was, but as I kept reading I ended up sending 5 copies to friends in various parts of the world, both married and single, because I just found the insights and honesty to be that profound. Highly, highly recommended. I can think of few people who wouldn't enjoy and benefit from this wonderful book. Rarely when reading non-fiction have I had that feeling you do when you finish a novel you really love and are kind of heartsick that there's not more of it, but Sexless in the City struck me exactly that way.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am sorry to say that this book was disappointing. It was more about the reluctance to live a chaste life than the blessings of chastity. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kristen
This book, is absolutely amazing! It took me a long time to read it due to my schedule but Im ready to read it again. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Monet1Design
Anna Broadway is one smooth writer. She is open and honest and approaches a sensitive subject with humility, grace, and humor.Published on October 17, 2012 by JustAnOpinion
I found out about "Sexless in the City" through the wonders of twitter and am very glad to have stumbled upon it. Read morePublished on November 20, 2011 by random reader
I couldn't put Anna's memoir down. I usually take months to finish a book, but I sped through this one in just a few days (in the midst of usual, busy life). Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by J. Arimborgo
With all due respect to the creator of "Sex in the City," I think more people-especially young women searching for answers-would benefit from reading this engrossing coming-of-age... Read morePublished on August 9, 2011 by G. Perry
Anna Broadway is like many hopeless romantics. Since childhood, she has dreamed of meeting Mr. Right, whom she shaped from the men in sappy novels, romantic comedies, and love... Read morePublished on March 10, 2010 by Audrey K. Wallis
I just finished a great book that I want to tell you about: Sexless in the City: A Memoir of Reluctant Chastity by Anna Broadway. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by Laura D. Wagner
After having read many Christian books on sexuality that rely solely on the "true love waits" mantra, I found this book to be very refreshing. Read morePublished on July 24, 2008 by Danielle G.