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The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On Paperback – December 3, 2006
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Born into a Jewish family in New York City, Eden lost her faith as a teenager and became an agnostic. During her twenties, in the 1990s, she worked as a rock journalist in New York City, interviewing oldies artists such as Brian Wilson and Harry Nilsson. She went on to work in editorial positions for the New York Post and the Daily News.
At the age of thirty-one, Eden underwent a dramatic conversion to Christianity that ultimately led her to enter the Catholic Church. Both her books have been featured in the New York Times and on numerous EWTN programs, and they have been translated into multiple languages, including Spanish.
Eden received her pontifical licentiate in sacred theology from the Dominican House of Studies in 2014 and is currently completing a doctorate. Now living in the Chicago area, she has spoken about spiritual healing and conversion to thousands of people throughout North America and abroad.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As I consciously choose to journey into the chaste life - education, encouragement, support through scripture, and real life practicality is needed. This book fulfills that. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Anonymous
I bought this for a friend who lives in NYC and she really liked it and said she could relate to the author's story.Published 17 months ago by BK NY
Excellent read. I highly recommend for anyone who has experienced a sexual encounter. Also an excellent read on the practicality of abstinence. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Micalla L. Davis
Excellent book. Wish this had been around when I was younger. Fast delivery.Published 19 months ago by L. Vale
I found the book interesting. It was suggested awhile back at church and I was curious enough to read. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jessica meads
easy to read and her reflections are great every woman needs to read this book. Every young girl needs to read this bookPublished on October 31, 2013 by Gloria J. Smith
I bought this book with high hopes and was not disappointed. The author's writing is very down-to-earth and Ms. Read morePublished on September 27, 2013 by lotusblossomjin