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The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning Paperback – February 4, 2014
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Fisher is wide-awake; she appreciates irony and with a sense of humor that is proportionate to the seriousness of her purpose she helps the reader wake up and smell the irony, too ...
NFP is not free. It costs a great deal, of both partners. And yet...through the very depths of her learned compassion expressed so eloquently and with such transparent humility Fisher provides the evidence of its solid, life-enhancing value. --Elizabeth Scalia, author of Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life
Before The Sinner s Guide to NFP, the only way you could get this kind of candor on the subject of Natural Family Planning was in private conversations with your best friend. Simcha has taken all the things we think about NFP but feel like we can t say, brought them into the light, and addressed them with insight and razor-sharp wit. You ll laugh, you ll nod your head in recognition, and you ll ultimately walk away inspired by the kind of encouragement that only someone else in the trenches can offer. --Jennifer Fulwiler of Conversion Diary
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Fisher is wide-awake; she appreciates irony and -- with a sense of humor that is proportionate to the seriousness of her purpose -- she helps the reader wake up and smell the irony, too: that "do your own thing" means "as long as you don't get pregnant"; that "use natural products because your body deserves wholeness" does not extend to family planning, where the artificial contraception that will compartmentalize the biggest relationships and most meaningful acts of your life has become de rigueur. Don't buy that, counsels Fisher. Likewise, don't buy the "sweetness and light" version of NFP -- the one promising a continual "honeymoon effect" -- until you have had a chance to examine the costs. NFP is demanding, and Fisher chronically just how daunting, exacting, and, yes, frustrating it can be to submit something as powerful, joyous and consoling as one's sex drive to something as unseen and wayward as the life of faith, in marriage. NFP is not free. It costs a great deal, of both partners. And yet...through the very depths of her learned compassion -- expressed so eloquently and with such transparent humility -- Fisher provides the evidence of its solid, life-enhancing value. You get what you pay for.
Knowing what a funny writer Mrs. Fisher is, I expected the funny parts. I didn't expect to need a box of tissues sitting next to me as I read. It's already helped to launch some great conversations about NFP in our marriage. Also, I've already found it helpful in discussing NFP with friends on Facebook.
I am looking forward to sharing copies of this book with all my friends. And with women I haven't met yet. This book is sorely needed and I am so glad that Simcha is the woman who wrote it.
I think priests should add this one to the pile of books they hand out to newly engaged couples. (What priests don't do that? They should.)
This is not a book about how to chart your cycle or how your body works, it's a book about how human nature and husbands and wives work. Clear writing, refreshing logic, profound wisdom, practical, detailed advice, and laugh-out-loud humor (hooray!) make this unlike any other NFP book you have ever read.
It's hard for me to pick a favorite chapter, but Simcha's gentle admonition in the "You Don't Know" section is worth the price of the book and should be required reading for any Catholic who's ever expressed a public thought on NFP. Heck, while we're at it, the entire book should be required reading for every secular sex therapist on the face of the planet -- they might learn a thing or two (or 50) that never even occured to them and save a million relationships.
If you love NFP, hate it, are confused by it, or have never heard of it, this is your book -- and the one you'll be discussing with your spouse and sharing with your friends.
The book is divided into three sections. In the first, "NFP and the Spiritual Life," Fisher outlines important spiritual considerations of the Church's teachings on martial love. In the second, "NFP and the Rest of the World," she deals with the counter-cultural implications of NFP. But the final and longest section, "NFP in the Trenches," is the real meat of the book, where Fisher takes a brutally honest look at what it means to put the Church's teachings into practice. Fisher is not afraid to tackle difficult and rarely-discussed aspects of marital sexuality and should be commended for finding safe ground between frankness and explicitness.
As a husband I can also say that the book is "guy-friendly"; while much of the advice is clearly directed towards wives, it never turns flowery or overly emotional in a way that might turn of committed Catholic men, and I recommend that husbands and wives read the book together.
"The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning" is an outstanding contribution to the Catholic conversation on marital sexuality and I heartily recommend it.
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Just in the intro my husband and I were already cracking up AND I learned so much that has already really helped me to understand better that "just" reasons to avoid... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mallorie N. Kelly
Not what I expected at all! This is just one woman's experience using nfp and what she thinks about it.Published 12 days ago by Sarah
I loved this book. Fisher offers real, practical advice to couples seeking comply with the church's teaching on avoiding contraception in a series of poignant and profound (and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dorwoman
GREAT book! I will probably gift this to all young engaged and married couples I know. Very helpful in understanding and implementing NFP. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JPB
Great book. Helpful and it's so nice to hear what I've been thinking in my head. I'm not alone.Published 4 months ago by jessica cozart
This is a nice little book, easy read, easy to understand, concerning a topic that is widely misunderstood or largely ignored. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bobby Bambino
Hilarious yet full of great information. A must-read, especially for people like me who teach NFP. The only thing I wish she would have included is a more clear recommendation... Read morePublished 4 months ago by KW
As a veteran NFP user of 16 years, I bought this book today because my husband and I were in desperate need of some sort of encouragement and guidance as we fumble through phase 2,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Krista L.
I have enjoyed this book very much. My husband and I have practiced NFP for a couple years, but are new to the Church, and in an awkward postpartum phase. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Heather Griggs