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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385518390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385518390
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Broadway wants what many young Christian women want: a fulfilling partnership with a husband who shares her faith—and with whom she shares a certain zingy chemistry. But the young urban editor has found that real romance is a whole lot more complicated and painful than the courtships in the Harlequin novels she devoured as a teen. In this spicy and funny Gen-X memoir, Broadway details her own rocky romances, giving code names to her many crushes and paramours, including Poster Boy, Aryan Atheist, the Captain, Ad Weasel and Singapore Fling, among others. Youngish evangelical readers will recognize many of their own heartaches in these pages: the struggle to remain chaste when marriage seems distant; the pain of outgrowing a close-knit college Christian fellowship group; the plunge into the isolations of postcollegiate life and work. Although there have been a number of memoirs chronicling young adulthood and the quarterlife crisis, Broadway's account adds a candid faith journey to the usual fare. At times, the bloglike chapterlets mire down in excessive details and characters that don't wind up being important to her story. However, her engaging voice and wit will appeal to a wide readership. (Apr. 15)
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About the Author

ANNA BROADWAY, an editor and recovering romantiholic, has been writing the popular blog “Sexless in the City” for three years. She lives near San Francisco, California.

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Anna Broadway is a writer, avid knitter, and some-time swing dancer living near San Francisco. She holds an M.A. in religious studies from Arizona State University and has written for Paste, Beliefnet, Books and Culture, Godspy, Relevant, Radiant, The Journal of the History of Sexuality, and other publications. She contributes to the Her.meneutics blog and is a former volunteer editor for The New Pantagruel and a contributor to the Faith at the Edge anthology (Ave Maria Press). Follow her on Twitter at @annabroadway.

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This is a beautifully transparent story of redemption and hope.
J. Arimborgo
I highly recommend this book to any woman (and even some men) who thinks finding their life-mate is the goal.
Laura D. Wagner
And, as she begins to date, she even tries to see how each interested guy could possibly be "The One."
Audrey K. Wallis

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Audrey K. Wallis on March 10, 2010
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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 songs. And, as she begins to date, she even tries to see how each interested guy could possibly be "The One." But Broadway's story has a twist: this hopeless romantic doesn't want to just find a guy--she wants to find God too. In fact, as Broadway learns, finding God is more important and proves to be more satisfying than the right guy could ever be.

Broadway grew up in a stable household, was raised by loving parents who home-schooled her, and never doubted that she had the so-called "relationship with God," even before she really understood what that meant. However, through her journey to find the right guy, she realizes that she was prioritizing romantic love over love for God. Even as she grows in her relationship with God and seeks His will for her relationships, she continually learns lessons about God and guys that any young Christian woman could both identify with and learn from. Overall, in Sexless in the City, Broadway successfully chronicles the sexless life of a Christian woman pursuing God and waiting for her "Hoped-for-Husband," as she calls him. Broadway's writing is light-hearted but transparent, allowing the female Christian reader to sympathize with Broadway, learn valuable lessons about faith and love, and still enjoy the process. For instance, Broadway shares early in the memoir this lesson concerning her relationship with God: that when she "sought God Himself... he met [her]; if [she] sought just an experience, He let that comfort wither..."-a good reminder to any Christian, as it is all too easy to slip into auto-pilot faith and not actively seek God Himself.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Anderson on May 4, 2008
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This book is a "memoir of reluctant chastity." More than that it is a spiritual journey. It is about a woman trying to find God's purpose in her life and develop a working relationship and peace with Him. One of her major obstacles was life's refusal to conform to the romantic script she had written in her fantasies -- find a suitable Christian knight in shining armor as her soulmate in college, get married, have a brood of kids. As the old Yiddish proverb goes, "We plan, God laughs."

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. (?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Arimborgo on September 8, 2011
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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). Her storytelling is captivating and draws the reader in--you feel like you're having coffee with her and she's sharing the story of her life with just you. Her lack of pretense makes her appealingly relatable. The climax of her story brings joy as she portrays the very tangible way in which God met her in the midst of very human, very real pain. This is a beautifully transparent story of redemption and hope.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danielle G. on July 24, 2008
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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. Broadway uses her experiences to show the fallacy behind the American myth that true love and marriage will solve every problem in life. She dispels this myth and shows that only the love from God can ever truly satisfy our huge need for love. She also does not shy away from discussing her own desires and I truly appreciated that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Lee Widener on June 27, 2011
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Uggggh sorry to be harsh but actually I could not even finish this book. From a stylistic perspective it was just too much! Too many catchy phrases, and descriptive overkill. From a content perspective maybe this is relevant to a 20 something single, but rarely if ever does it really touch on deeper truths of life long singleness.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Reyes on May 5, 2008
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With a distinct voice, Anna vulnerably divulges the intimate confessions and struggles of a Christian woman not always confident of comfortable in her faith or self. Anna is bold in her integrity to remain abstinent before marriage and similarly bold to be open about it to a public that lost belief in such mythical creatures as 29 year old virgins. But despite this public confession of counter-cultural sexuality, I don't believe this is the true struggle in the book, rather, it is Anna's search for community like she knew as a child in a family of six - surrounded by accountability and support. In an ideal world, the Christian Church is supposed to fill this gap - but Anna admits that the Church often fails to fill this need. Nonetheless she maintains loyalty to Christ, His broken people, and perhaps most shockingly - His high expectations for His people. This is her true and rare triumph.

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.
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