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Good News About Sex & Marriage (Revised Edition): Answers to Your Honest Questions about Catholic Teaching Paperback – July 1, 2004
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This one is different. It's frank, without being prurient. It's clear. It's written for grown-ups. And best of all, from its sound practical advice to its soaring theological reflection, it's thoroughly Catholic.
Archbishop Chaput said it best: "Do the Church -- and yourself -- a favor: Read and reread this book. Encourage everyone you know to do the same."
West does a fine job of showing how we can understand our nuptial life in marriage in the context of Baptism and the Eucharist. Of considering the nuptial embrace to be meant to occur in the light with eyes wide open, both spouses celebrating and reaffirming their vows over and over. After absorbing West's work, I encourage you to delve into John Paul's "The Theology of the Body" and "Love and Responsibility".
I do like West stepping forward and away from the euphimisims that plague most Catholic texts on human sexuality. The Cathechism refers to "acts proper and exclusive to marriage". West actually goes further and addresses parts of the genitalia and to oral and anal sex. He meets us where we are, i.e., in the midst of a culture that shows no reserve about sex and relationships. And helps one to sort it all out.
I do have one reservation about his book though. I sense that he is presenting the Pope's teaching and his own views at the same time. But where does the Pope leave off and West continue? This is why I am also reading the Pope's on words as well.
My wife and I have recently been reunited in our marriage of 32 years after an eight year separation.Read more ›
The chapters of this book clearly build upon one another, starting with "The Great Mystery: Laying the Foundation." Subsequent chapters cover Church Authority, Basics of Marriage, Chastity Outside of Marriage, Chastity within Marriage, Contraception, Reproductive Technologies, Same-Sex Attraction, and Sex and the Celibate Vocation.
I would highly recommend this book to parents, married or engaged couples, Catholic teachers, marriage preparation ministers, or anyone desiring to know more about authentic Catholic teaching on sex and marriage.
First off this book is a useful tool for all who want to understand the Pope?s Theology of the Body better. West uses mostly a Q&A format that is user-friendly and easy to read yet he answers most questions very adequately. I recommend that you read the book front to back rather than skipping ahead to the questions that interest you most because your familiarity with the foundational material will help you understand the questions that follow.
West approaches topics timely to all people. It would be a favor to yourself if you read it.
Now as a response to those that think he is "one-sided" in his approach to Catholic moral teaching I would like to give an answer to this. The critics on this site seems to reduce their arguments against West's text to the argument that he has simplified something much more complex. I beg to differ.
I will address a few statements by one reviewer that adequately sum up their disagreements. They say "We shouldn't just willy-nilly disagree with a Church teaching without first researching what the Church says about it."
--In other words, this person seems to say that all we have to do to disagree with a teaching of the Church is to research it enough and THEN disagree. But, they go on:
"However, if we do research it and pray about it, and still honestly do not agree with the Church, then our conscience should be our guide."
--My response is Yes and No.Read more ›
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Very thorough. We, my husband and I, have been reading this together. Addresses many questions, issues and thought provoking. Recommend to all couples. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Denise Marcoe
Really great book that will answer the tough and curious questions about both sex and marriage. A really good introduction to the teachings of Pope John Paul II about marriage,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daniel
The Catholic Church has found its perfect zealot for proselytizing its message on sexuality in Christopher West. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Christopher M. Thomas
What a blessing to find some really GOOD NEWS about Sex and Marriage. Christopher West breaks down Scriptures, Catechism, John Paul's II Theology of the Body and many other... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Luis-Enrique
Clearest explanation of the 'Why?" behind the "What?" of the beautiful Catholic understanding of sexual morality. Read morePublished 12 months ago by John Kennedy
Great price for a fantastic book that I did have (but lost!) Pristine, brand new condition - would highly recommend people to buy this book from this Seller. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Adas Wolk
Christopher West does a superb job of sharing the true message if Christ through the teachings of St. John Paul II and the Theology of the Body! Read morePublished 15 months ago by JoAnne