"Folks interested in a holistic method of reevaluating their spiritual and sexual practices will enjoy the most benefit from this book." -- Jane's Guide Website, Aug. 2008
"[A] clear-sighted, accessible, and...nonsalacious approach to Tantric practice and sexual consciousness-raising, aimed at couples and singles of all orientations." -- Chronogram Magazine, May 28, 2008
"It is an excellent resource for the novice or seasoned practitioner, providing numerous exercises for personal empowerment at the end of each chapter (dala). I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants an experience of authentic tantric practice." -- Gayle Michaels
"This book is a great study guide for those who want to learn the real practice and mentality of tantra." -- Eden Fantasys
"This book is about enlightening, not frightening, and as such gives sex the good name it deserves." -- Frontiers Magazine, May 2008
"This book opened my minds to the realms of loving that even Western influences can't tarnish." -- Bad Girls Guide Journal
"Together with their previous books, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment provides a dynamic and consciousness-expanding awareness of our sacred sexuality." -- TCM Reviews
"Unlike many books written about tantric practices--which can get really esoteric--this one provides a clear map for the beginner, as well as deeper insights for the tantric practitioner. Even if all the content is not for you, there are enough thought-provoking exercises to keep the book interesting long after the sun sets." -- Hitched Magazine, May 2008
Tantra for Erotic Empowerment was selected as a finalist in the New Age Non-Fiction category for the National Indie Excellence Awards 2008. -- Indieexcellence.com
Tantra for Erotic Empowerment has been named a National Best Books 2008 Award Winner in the Health: Sexuality category, and is an award-winning finalist in the Religion: Eastern Religions category. --National Best Books 2008
From the Publisher
Betty Dodson, PhD. author of Sex for One
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is a very authentic Tantra book, but perhaps more importantly, it's commonsensical and easy to understand. Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson present Tantric principles and philosophy in clear, accessible ways. So even those with no background or interest in Eastern traditions can benefit from the great treasures Michaels and Johnson have to offer. Read it and be erotically empowered, because you're worth it."
Dr. Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., author of Dr. Sprinkle's Spectacular Sex: Make Over Your Love Life
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is a sublime and subversive treat. Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson show us how expanded awareness and respect for pleasure can free us from the restraints of religious, social, and political conformity. A totally liberating book!"
Barbara Carrellas, author of Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century
"If you are embodied enough to seek authentic teaching about your erotic potential, try out the wisdom, exercises, reflections and meditations that make up this book. Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson are teachers whose intention is to guide and inspire you on your own exuberant journey. Their approach is astonishingly creative."
Joseph Kramer, Ph.D. The New School of Erotic Touch
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment combines traditional wisdom and insight with true sensitivity and compassion, to become a valuable guide for the modern Tantric seeker. Mark and Patricia weave classic teachings with the reality of living in the modern western world in a thorough and grounded way, accessible to students of all orientations."
Christopher Penczak, author of The Mystic Foundation and Gay Witchcraft
"With Erotic Empowerment, Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson have risen to the challenge of writing a practical guide to Tantra. They have taken a tricky subject that could easily have been mishandled, and created a useful tool that could easily become a classic preparatory text in this genre."
Raven Kaldera author of Pagan Polyamory
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment combines a clear-eyed overview of Tantra with multi-faceted Tantric insights in a rare method, allowing readers to pursue Tantra using traditional learning methods, but at their own pace and to the appropriate level of their current (and soon to be expanded) understanding.
This book achieves its ambition to inform the casual reader, challenge the student of Tantra and inspire diverse communities to spiritual growth."
Bruce Anderson (Somananda) author of Tantra for Gay Men
"This is a fearless and brilliant work, at once scholarly, technically accurate, challenging, and immensely readable. The writing is economical and lucid. The exercises are absorbing and profoundly therapeutic in the 'human' sense. It is a genuine original, and I enjoyed it immensely."
Paul Skye (Swami Ajnananda Saraswati), author of The Mastery of Stress, award-winning poet and short story writer
"Informative, challenging, inspiring and readily accessible to the serious student of tantric practice, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is unquestionably one of the best books on tantric sexuality to be recently published in English. The exercises and specific instructions it offers are powerful, enjoyable and enlightening. Although it is provocative and even controversial in certain respects, this is an outstanding source of teaching and required reading for anyone open to tantric ways of growing and becoming more empowered in our lived bodily experiences."
Barnaby B. Barratt, PhD, DHS, author, What is Tantric Practice? Director, Center for Tantric Spirituality, Past President, American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists
"Michaels & Johnson are a Masters & Johnson for the 21st Century. Written with clarity and a passion for mystical experience and rigorous logic, Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is grounded in ancient spiritual truth, practice, wisdom, and personal experience. Radical, practical, and open-hearted, this book is a straight-forward transformative guide to self-knowledge. Michaels &Johnson's vision of Divine pleasure as a spiritual and sensual path of liberation is a gift to all seekers--for the curious, the novice and initiate alike.
Donna Gaines, Ph.D., Sociologist, author of Teenage Wasteland and Misfit's Manifesto, and Usui Reiki Master/Teacher
"Tantra for Erotic Empowerment is packed full of useful exercises that can help individuals and couples discover their best erotic selves and find a holistic way of making sexuality a positive force in their lives and in their relationships."
Helen Boyd, author, She's Not the Man I Married and My Husband Betty
"With illumination should come empowerment and the exercise of illuminated power. Mark and Patricia have once again given generously of themselves to all seekers fortunate enough to read this marvelous and enlightened work. Profound, practical, and precisely what the western psyche is ready for!"
Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley