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The Return of Desire: A Guide to Rediscovering Your Sexual Passion Paperback – July 15, 2008
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“To read this book is to bask in the radiance of the wisest of sexual guides. Ogden gently and lovingly takes readers on a magnificent journey."—Ian Kerner, author of She Comes First and Passionista
“Gina Ogden probes the intricacies of female sexuality with subtle depth and understanding. I plan to recommend this book to any woman on her path to finding greater sexual self discovery and self acceptance, and ultimately ecstasy.”—Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity
“Engaging, accessible, well-researched, and full of wonderful anecdotes from women across the life span. A delightful invitation for all readers to explore the full range of our own desires.”—Judy Norsigian and Lynn Rosenbaum, for Our Bodies Ourselves
“Gina Ogden listens to women. Her book lifts the language of desire from competition and dysfunction to caring, empathy, and a powerful new consciousness that expands our lives and our partnerships.”—Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade and The Real Wealth of Nations
“Ogden, a seasoned therapist, shares her considerable wisdom about rekindling sexual passion. No quick fixes promised but a thoughtful recognition and celebration of the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions of our sexuality.”—Sandra R. Leiblum, PhD, author of Getting the Sex You Want
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She is an AASECT-certified sex-therapy diplomate and supervisor, and founder of the ISIS Network, an international collaboration of practitioners whose mission is to expand the practice of sex therapy. Her latest books are: Expanding the Practice of Sex Therapy, The Return of Desire, The Heart & Soul of Sex, and Women Who Love Sex. She is recipient of the 2013 AASECT award for Professional Excellence. www.ginaogden.com.
Top Customer Reviews
The Sexual Revolution of the `60s at least opened the door to talking about sex, but for many, that dialogue has been fraught with feelings of frustration and inadequacy. So-called "sex education", though obviously an improvement over nothing even in these "abstinence only" times, fails to address the complexities of our sexual selves, usually focusing simply on the anatomical and "how not to get pregnant or STDs" aspects.
In "The Return of Desire", Gina offers us a model of human sexuality that addresses the myriad aspects of our complex human selves. We are more than simply physical creatures. We are also mental, emotional, and spiritual beings, and each of these vital areas of human experience are in need of honoring and support. Gina beautifully articulates these complexities of being sexually human, and invites us to dare to link spirituality and sexuality as inherently connected. As she describes, in her no-nonsense style, the hows and whys we think, feel and act as we do in sexual expression, she also offers excellent tools for practice in building a more liberated experience of our sexual selves. By liberated, I mean truly free to embody our hearts' desires in genuine connection with the mystery of life, free of the blocks we may hold in our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves. Hurray!
In her earlier book, "The Heart and Soul of Sex", Gina introduces us to ISIS, her multi-faceted model of human sexuality based upon her extensive research and survey findings.Read more ›
The voice of this book is gentle and intimate, yet lively and practical. For the visual reader, there are some charts and graphs, but nothing to drive away those of us who are science phobes. Best of all, it is the voice of vast experience, helping us navigate contemporary cultural and spiritual mores with wisdom and truth.
Jalaja Bonheim, author of Aphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul.
Reading "The Retrun of Desire" I got in touch with emotions and insights that would not have come up otherwise and I was able to communicate with my husband in an even deeper space. Thank you Gina for shining your light of true feminine wisdom on this most important aspect of life that connects us to love.
Sabine Grandke-Taft "Radiant Embodiment.com"
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i find this book a necessary read for every woman on the planet. i have been reading self help books my whole life; this book grabbed me
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This book is one of the best books for women and sexuality that I have ever read. In a time when the pharmaceutical industry is trying to give us a pill to "cure" us of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tammy Nelson
Couldn't even get through this book. A lot of babbling about accepting ourselves as sexual beings without any real advice for how to overcome waning desire.Published 4 months ago by kristinelise
Great book, very informative, and eye opening. Overall my one slight issue with the book was I often felt that it was slightly pessimistic? Read morePublished 16 months ago by njanimallover
Wonderfully written. Great for those who grew up learning shame and sex negatives who want to unlearn the rhetoric and start fresh. Highly recommended.Published 21 months ago by Rochelle K. Baptiste