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Theology of the Body for Beginners: A Basic Introduction to Pope John Paul II's Sexual Revolution, Revised Edition Paperback – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Ascension Press; Revised edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934217859
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934217856
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Makes understanding this difficult subject very easy.
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It helps to put everything in a different perspective and realize that God loves us and wants our love too.
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I then read a review suggesting to start with this book.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kevin F. Hourigan on February 21, 2010
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First, came Pope John Paul II's writings and Wednesday Audiences which he entitled, "Man and Woman He Created Them".
Second, was Dr. Michael Waldstein's translation, "Man and Woman He Created Them; A Theology of the Body."
Third, Christopher West's "Theology of the Body Explained: A Commentary on John Paul II's Man and Woman He Created Them."
Fourth, is the present work by Christopher West: "Theology of the Body for Beginners."
John Paul's dense theological tome is a difficult read which Christopher West does a nice job of making more accessible. This work 'for beginners' is the gateway which whets the appetite for the deeper, more thorough presentations.
Mr. West's presentation is organized and entertaining. It is also powerful in its ability to motivate change in your life.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jon F. Ostrander on May 2, 2010
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This book is an absolute must read for anyone who struggles to understand sexuality and why God created us man and woman.

Your jaw will drop more than once as the book unfolds the true meaning of our sexuality.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dixie Flyer on December 22, 2010
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Christopher West presents an easy way to grasp this profound topic: "The Theology of the Body" by Pope John Paul II. In our day, with all the sexual problems we encounter personally, and in the world around us, "The Theology of the Body" is a beacon of hope for us. We can be the wonderful, besutiful, sexual, chaste beings that God created us ro be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JILL on July 29, 2013
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Why is our culture so sex-obsessed? Because what we truly want is God and the love of God and mankind is expressed in the free, total, faithful and fruitful embrace of man and woman in marriage. We want God, but we don't know how to achieve union with HIm, so that desire is twisted into the sordid variety of sexual expression that fills every crevice of our modern way of life, thinking and pursuit. This is not what God had in mind, this twistedness. As we come to recognize what our hearts yearn for, our sexual immorality will begin to heal and will be filled instead with deep joy and fulfillment.

Some books are clunkers, like hitting a block of wood. No resonance. I'm certain that reading this book has been like ringing a bell and thoughts will continue to bounce around in my mind long after I've finished it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GaryS on March 20, 2013
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I started reading the English translation for Theology of the Body (TOB) and the read was slow because of the complexity of the material. I then read a review suggesting to start with this book. I agree this is a great place to start.
This book should be a MUST read for every high school student, every young couple, every couple who is just married (or about to be), and everyone else who just wants to understand WHY we are here and the purpose for sexual relations.
It had made my return to TOB more understandable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mache on June 28, 2011
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I have looked for books that explain the theology of the body in more human terms than the original though, pure philosophy of the original JPII teachings. This book does it perfectly. Even though it gives the spiritual catholic dimension a special place, the essence is really easy to grasp in much more human terms...
I found it helpful ans easy to read...
I liked it so much, that after buying the Kindle version I also ordered the book to lend it to my friends... Definitively something worth knowing... :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Burghardt on May 11, 2014
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This should be a must read for everyone in a marriage, those engaged and those who are considering engagement.. Thoughtful and insightful, Christopher West provides an excellent interpretation of the Theology of the Body by now St John Paul II. I especially liked the analysis of the roles of men and women and the natural need to treat each other with respect. Once reading, you will realize how we are "wired" to be male and female and as such we shouldn't suppress our natural inclinations despite what society tells us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on January 16, 2014
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This a book that I recommend to everyone that doesn't understand the Catholic Church's stance on chastity and holiness that comes from a vow of celibacy. I understand the difference and holiness that comes with both the sacrament of marriage and a vow of celibacy.

Honestly, this is great read for non-Catholics as well since John Paul II (soon to be saint) and Christopher West explain the values of chastity in today's secular/sexualized society. I wish I had read this when I was a teenager!
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