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Between Husband & Wife: Gospel Perspectives on Marital Intimacy Hardcover – April, 2000

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Covenant Communications Inc; 1st edition (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577346092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577346098
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
You have to remember that this book, like all LDS books is simply the subjective view of the authors - not church doctrine. It covers what the authors want to cover, and their opinion is no more valid, or no more 'doctrine' than my opinion or your opinion. So take it for what it is, you can't criticise it for what it doesn't include as it is not the definitive instruction from the brethren.

If you read the book 'And they were not ashamed' by Laura M. BrothersonAnd They Were Not Ashamed: Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment - another LDS book on sexual relations, you will find views and advice that directly contradict that given in this book (eg on 'self touching' during intimacy and on oral sex). Of course, Laura's book is also a personal, subjective view but in my opinion (again personal) provides a much more frank and realistic insight into this important subject.

What's important when writing a book like this is that the authors state completely and regularly that what they are writing is their view. There are too many church members (in MY view, Lamb and Brinley included) who express their personal views and interpretation as though it is doctrine. I personally think it's unfortunate that Lamb and Brinley make a veiled reference to oral sex because this has clearly led to confusion. Whether or not the instruction in the letter they refer to is still applicable or not, the current church policy is that it is down to the couple to determine what is and isn't appropriate and leaders do not in any way dictate this.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an incredible resource for Mormon couples who want to know more about the religious implications of their physical intimacy. This book provided honest and detailed information about subject matter that many couples find awkward to discuss with each other and too embarrassing to mention to their church officials. It's written in a way that makes sensitive information easy to understand without intimidating the reader. This is a much needed book that treats the subject matter with grace and respect. The information is presented tactfully, which encourages an open dialog between husband and wife. While the book is primarily for married couples who belong to the LDS church, it's insights and content can be vastly beneficial to all couples.
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Format: Hardcover
Notwithstanding the severe hatred that some of my fellow readers seem to harbor for this book, in truth it can be a very helpful and educational for those of us entering marriage that are "naive" to matters of sex. Before I get too far into it, I personally know Dr. Brinley and have taken a class at BYU entitled "Marriage Prep" which was fantastic. I do, however, fear that the stance of the book taken on certain topics was not completely accurate. However, I also never felt that topics such as female orgasms were portrayed as negatively as some would have you believe. In fact, during his class he was quite clear that satisfying your wife was just as important as your own pleasure. Unfortunately, the subject of "unnatural" sex (specifically oral sex) is not discussed clearly, and I do believe the implied views are inaccurate because I've yet to hear clear guidance on the subject from actual Church leaders (at least not from this century). In fact, from what I've understood, the church specifically avoids answering these questions because, as the book says, it's between Husbands and Wives.

In conclusion, don't let the extreme negatism pursuade you against reading this book if you really need help understanding yourself and the opposite sex. It was an excellent aid for me and my wife and I believe it encourages sex between couples much more than some critics would have you believe. Do remember, however, that this is NOT doctrine, and these are only the educated opinions of "professionals."
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Format: Hardcover
I had heard from several people about this book was and I admit to feeling a little intrigued. Although I think my marriage is quite good, I know that it can always get better. After reading the book, there was one thought that kept coming back to me: "I wish I had read this book before I got married!"
The authors have done such an excellent job of discussing a sensitive topic in an appropriate manner--with the gospel taking the forefront.
Since it had actual examples from real people and quotes from church leaders, I always felt that I was getting very good advice and information. Since intimacy is such a huge part of marriage, I recommend it to anyone who is getting married, or is already married. This book will definitely help.
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This book has been a terrific read and has an LDS gospel perspective on Intimacy between a Husband and Wife; marital issues that frequently come up during each phase of life and tips on resolving conflicts of intimacy. There is a chapter dedicated to 20 Frequent Questions/Answers. There is a section for the Husband and a section specifically for the Wife. I'm not a bookworm and have been able to enjoy reading this book. I would highly recommend this book to LDS couples in any stage of their life, but also this would be a great wedding gift book for the newly married couple.
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