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Gregoire answers questions about nuts and bolts. She also writes from a covenantal view: Sex is created by God for our good and His glory. She conveys a basic message that marriage is a lifelong endeavor, that husbands and wives have time to experiment, and that communication and trust facilitate good sex. Like a funny big sister, she takes on intimate topics in a frank and reassuring way. She writes for those who are engaged, newlyweds, and for those who are sexually experienced and want to gain a biblical understanding. She cautions against laziness and also against the temptations that porn has made popular. (WORLD Magazine)

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My husband and I have been married for 21 years, and happily married for 17.

Those first four years were really difficult. And a big part of the reason is that we just couldn't connect in the bedroom.

When we walk down the aisle, we usually assume everything will naturally fall into place. If it was going to be hard, we wouldn't get married, would we? Yet all too often, once the confetti is gone and the wedding dress is boxed up, we don't feel quite as giddy. We start to wonder, "is this all there is? Isn't marriage supposed to be better?"

Yep. It is! And in The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex, I show women that you don't have to settle for mediocre. God created you to feel incredible pleasure but also incredible intimacy through sex. And he doesn't want you to settle for anything less!

But getting to bliss isn't always easy, because men and women approach sex very differently. Men make love to feel loved. Women need to feel loved to make love.

Add to that our culture's portrayal as sex being something that is only physical, and awfully shallow, and combine that with all of our baggage coming into marriage, and sex can often be something that adds a lot of tension to the marriage.

It doesn't have to be that way. Whether you're a new bride or a veteran wife, my dream is that you will be able to experience true and beautiful intimacy with your husband--intimacy that has all the physical fireworks you've dreamt of, but also that overwhelming feeling of "being one". And in this book I gave all the practical tips I could on how to better understand your man, how to better understand yourself, and how to understand how sex is supposed to work. Because I asked women just like you about their experiences, I've also got lots of funny stories and messages of triumph to help you aim high.

And I've even included some "Good Girl Dares" to spice things up. Because honestly, ladies, those having the most fun in bed aren't the starlets that grace the covers of Cosmo. They're those of us who are married to our good guys, and who are committed for life. Those are the necessary ingredients for a great sex life. And in the book, I'll help rev it up!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; And You Thought Bad Girls Have All the Fun edition (March 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310334098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310334095
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sheila Wray Gregoire is a Christian speaker, columnist, and author. She's written five books, including The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex. She loves speaking about marriage, parenting, and keeping our eyes on Jesus. She lives in Ontario, Canada, with her husband of 20 years and her two daughters, whom she homeschools.

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165 of 175 people found the following review helpful By mrsinserra on March 2, 2012
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I decided to read the ARC of The Good Girls Guide to Great Sex to see if it would be a good reference for when my husband, an Episcopal Priest, and I to use for part of our premarital counseling. Most of the book, I would say, is very useful. The section describing what sex is in detail for women or men who were virgins when they were marrying was really good. It answered a lot of questions that one might have, in a spiritual way, as well as a physical way. I enjoyed reading about how men feel about sex and how women feel about sex, without the whole guilt trip that we (women) must just do it no matter what, that sex is not important to us at all.

There was a definite emphasis on the importance of sex in a marriage- this is the biggest part- sex is to be between a married man and woman- no exceptions. If you have had premarital sex, it is not the end of the world, but if you are not married, you should stop until after you are married, even if it is only a few months away.

There was also a definite emphasis on sex being between you two- no porn. The author states that neither of you should be imagining other people while having sex with each other, that will hurt a marriage in the long run. She also states that masturbation and the use of sex toys will hurt a marriage, with, I think, one exception talked about in the book. The author talks about how much porn can hurt a marriage and that there are many men and women who use porn, often without the spouse's knowledge. There was an entire chapter on it, and it was a frequent topic throughout the entire second half of the book, coming up at random point from where it was first mentioned through the very last chapter.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Iola on May 5, 2012
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In 1993, when I got engaged, a friend gave me a copy of the 1973 edition of The Act of Marriage, a Christian classic of its kind. It was hopelessly outdated even then, so I was intrigued when I came across this title, A Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex, to see if it was any more relevant.

It is.

The author is very open about the ups and downs of her own relationship, and these stories are enhanced by quotes from some of the hundreds of women (and men) she surveyed as part of her research. Her studies refute the common secular wisdom that practice with as many people as possible makes perfect. Her research showed that those who were least sexually active before marriage had the greatest satisfaction with their love lives.

Despite the title, A Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex is not all about positions and moves (after all, the biology hasn't changed). It is more about sex as a vital component of the marriage relationship. She emphasises the importance of our relationship with our spouse, spending time together and sharing hobbies. She also says "The key to a passionate marriage is not to be as sexually adventurous as possible, but to be as passionate about God as possible".

What makes this book different, at least for me, is that it is real. The area where this struck me most forcibly was in the discussion around pornography. This wasn't even mentioned in The Act of Marriage (which seemed to assume that the wedding night was the first time a good Christian boy would ever see a naked woman). But a changing world and the omnipresence of the internet means that this is now a real issue in many marriages.
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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful By jesusbookgirl on March 31, 2012
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The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex is a fun way of learning about your body (as a woman, sorry guys this really is all about the lady's) and the way your body is when you're enjoying great sex. Please let me preface this, Sheila Wray Gregoire made this book for lady's having sex in the marriage bed. If you're not doing that, you probably will really hate this book. Sorry again, but that's the best way I can give forewarning. This book is best read when you're about to enter in to marriage, having a struggle in this specific department, or just really enjoy making you and your husband happy by bettering your sex life.

I really enjoyed reading a book on sex by a woman for a woman. This, I think, is the best way to learn about your body. There are numerous books out there on this topic, but this is the first I could really say "She knows exactly what I have had struggles with." Many times a man can not understand the emotional roller coaster of your wedding night, or the frustration that can happen after a bad experience. Ms. Gregoire does an awesome job at doing this and giving the facts! I actually will plan on using this for my daughters, Sheila had some awesome ideas and advice for women on why they should wait until they're married. I just loved it.

One teeny tiny thing that just kind of irked me was the comparison of a good girl and bad girl. I'm sure the author didn't mean to do this but for people who aren't Christian they might not understand the comparison. If we're referencing the Bible; all of us fall short and are bad. There is no good, we are all bad in God's eyes, and the only thing that can save us is Jesus Christ. Through His death and conquering death, He made our path to God so that we may have a relationship with God.
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