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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 084991311X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849913112
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

New York Daily News columnist and blogger Eden offers a Christian apologetic for premarital chastity, aimed at "marriage-minded single women who'd had enough of the Sex and the City lifestyle." Eden herself is a convert to both Christianity and chastity, and now an unmarried 30-something, she's persuaded that chastity is more "hope-filled" and "vibrant" than sex outside of marriage. She draws on John Paul II's theology of the body to explain why Christians should reserve sex for marriage; "our bodies are living metaphors of God's loving nature," she argues, and to have sex casually is to make a false promise of total commitment. Eden doesn't just theologize—she gives practical advice about how women should relate to their parents (if yours are divorced, as Eden's are, you should resist the temptation to blame them for bad sexual choices you've made) and masturbation (avoid it—you'll just feel lonely afterward). But trading on familiar (and tired) gender stereotypes, she notes that men lose interest in women who pursue them. In a sea of evangelical books on chastity that read like they were written for college students, Eden's will stand out as a book for grownups and should be popular with more mature Christian women. (Dec. 5)
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An intelligent, culturally aware, and (not least important) highly entertaining account of how one woman was able to break free of a culture of sexual objectification. --National Review

More About the Author

Dawn Eden is the author of "My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints" (Ave Maria Press, 2012) and "The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On" (Thomas Nelson, 2006).

Born into a Jewish family in New York City, Dawn lost her faith as a teenager and became an agnostic. During her twenties, in the 1990s, she was a rock historian, interviewing artists such as Elton John, Brian Wilson, and Del Shannon. She went on to work on the editorial staff for New York City newspapers, including the New York Post and the Daily News.

When Dawn was thirty-one, she experienced a dramatic conversion to Christianity that ultimately led her to enter the Catholic Church. Her first book, "The Thrill of the Chaste," became a surprise hit, published in four languages and earning her speaking invitations throughout North America, as well as in England, Ireland, Poland, and at World Youth Day Sydney. (She holds the honor of being the only chastity speaker ever to have been invited back to speak for a second time at Georgetown University.)

Dawn's latest book, "My Peace I Give You," which carries an Imprimatur from Donald Cardinal Wuerl, offers a Catholic spirituality of healing for adult victims of childhood sexual abuse. She holds an M.A. in theology at the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., where she is currently continuing her studies, with an eye toward completing her doctorate at the Angelicum in Rome.

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Every girl of age and women should read this book.
Dawn Eden's The Thrill of the Chaste is a breath of fresh air that is much needed in today's world of smothering sexuality.
I found the book terribly interesting, an excellent read.
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126 of 132 people found the following review helpful By David A on December 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Forget the topic of "The Thrill of the Chaste" for just a moment -- if you're reading this, you probably already have an opinion about it anyway, pro or con. This really isn't a book for single women, Catholics, or single people in general -- it's a book for anyone who craves great writing. Eden, an eloquent blogger to begin with, is an even more eloquent author when given the time and space to lay out her complete argument on the virtues of chastity. Even if you vehemently disagree with her, you owe it to yourself to read this book -- it's a case study in how to present one's thoughts on a complex subject with wit and grace.

Writing about a topic like this is tricky. The instant you say you're saving yourself for marriage, people think you're a religious nut, repressed, insane, or all three put together. One strategy is to respond with all rhetorical guns blazing, and shoot down your critics as immoral, out of touch, etc. That will win you plenty of fans -- but they'll mostly be people who already agree with you to begin with.

Eden takes the opposite tack, because she's not trying to preach to the choir -- she's trying to persuade young single women to take a second look at their behavior, and you don't succeed at that by calling them names. By calmly laying out her case and relating her own experiences, she slowly leads the reader to understand that not only is she sane, she's remarkably level-headed and serious about what she wants -- a committed marriage and a family.

We live in a society where the loudest voice usually prevails, be it on blogs or cable news shout-fests. Do yourself a favor -- read a book written by a writer who doesn't have to resort to cheap stunts to make her point. The good ones never do.
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72 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Van Hecke VINE VOICE on November 28, 2006
Format: Paperback
Wow! I just finished this new release by Dawn Eden and it's quite powerful.

First, let me preface that this is a book about chastity aimed especially at twenty or thirty-something women who have previously fallen for the "casual sex" dating game. In other words, this isn't one to hand to your young teenage daughter unsupervised.

With grace, good humor and a surprisingly upbeat style, Dawn, a 30-something New York journalist, shares the story of her conversion to chastity and her vision of the liberating power of faith.

She presents a compelling (and quite readable) account of the shortcomings of modern dating and the fulfilment to be found in a chaste lifestyle.

So what if you're not a woman in your 20s and you have lived chastely? Whether you're interested in better understanding those who fall into traps of modern culture or you want to pass good attitudes about sex and marriage on to your children, this book is a great read.

First of all, naturally, she's "been there" - she offers amazing insights into the insecure and often depressing world of the "modern" single woman. Her answers aren't preachy, they draw from her experience and her faith in a loving and gentle way.

The other piece, though, is that she goes way beyond arguing against this unhealthy lifestyle and a sense of opposing what is wrong. She opens up a complete vision of what is good and how to go about living "the good" in the modern world.

Though this isn't for young teens, there's so much good in it, that I plan on sharing it with my daughters some day. Perhaps we'll read it together before they go off to college.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By G. Cochran on March 25, 2007
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In The Thrill of the Chaste, Dawn Eden provides a much-needed argument against today's "Sex and the City"-centric culture. Drawing upon her own experiences, both good and bad, Eden not only illustrates the hidden dangers of casual sex, she also provides an inspirational take on living a chaste lifestyle and how doing so will benefit oneself and one's relationships. As a 20-something female New Yorker, I found Eden's perspective relevant, refreshing, and extremely valuable.

Eden engages the reader right away with her hip yet eloquent writing. A former player in the casual sex arena that today's society so vehemently promotes, Eden is not shy about revealing her past, nor does she scold those who engage in the behavior that she has since turned from. Rather, she writes in a simple, honest manner that will immediately hit home with female readers who, having tried the "Sex and the City" approach to love and sex, are unsatisfied with the state of their own relationships and are looking for something more.

Eden's witty, often quite funny writing is grounded in her own examples, and her references to pop culture (including, of course, various "Sex and the City" episodes) make her work light and easy to relate to. She shares details about her own sexual past and the relationships that she eventually realized were so damaging, yet she does so tastefully, revealing the truth about her behavior rather than sensationalizing it. She shows first-hand how casual sex is often used in an effort to obtain a committed relationship but almost always winds up doing quite the opposite, preventing meaningful, loving relationships from being established.
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