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The Gospel of Kink Paperback – July 10, 2013
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About the Author
Richard Wagner, M.Div., Ph.D., ACS — psychotherapist, clinical sexologist in private practice in Seattle. Richard has been a practitioner of sex therapy and relationship counseling for over 30 years. He has also been involved in all sorts of sex education and sexual enrichment projects. One such outlet is his online sex advice column, which he’s been writing for well over 15 years. During that time it’s been syndicated on a number of sites. Now his column and weekly podcasts have a home of their own: drdicksexadvice.com. He also contributes to several other websites as a guest columnist. He is renowned for his long- and short-term seminars and workshops for healing and helping professionals, sexual minorities, men living with and through prostate cancer, as well as women and men affected by sex abuse and sexual trauma. He often speaks in the public forum on policy issues related to religion, human sexuality, aging, death and dying, and the clergy sex abuse scandal. He is a highly sought after keynote speaker and presenter at conventions and symposia.
Top customer reviews
I greatly appreciate the style and format of this book. Richard has found a way to illustrate group members' honesty and vulnerability, as they travel along their respective journeys, very well. He is very validating and supportive as a group facilitator. I appreciated that the expert panel consisted of varied professionals all situated in the Seattle area. As a sex-positive psychotherapist and community member myself, I am very integrated into the alternative sexuality communities in this area. As such, I felt more connected to the people on the panel. Moreover, there is a high likelihood I might meet these individuals one day. As alluded to above, each person from the expert panel comes from a different vantage point in his/her respective area: a performer of gay porn, a student, a practitioner and member of the Seattle Leather Community, and a sex-positive psychotherapist. Each perspective added breadth and depth to the discussion. I was moved by how each person offered advice and feedback in a very authentic, genuine, and real way.
If there is one critique at all, it is associated with the number of group members. Richard, not only introduces each member's profile during the book's introduction, he has them introduce themselves during the first group session. Additionally, group member are given plenty of time to check in and comment about their ongoing process of growth. By itself, this is positive and the work of an effective group facilitator. It, however, becomes arduous reading through 10 people's insights, comments, and questions in each section. I found myself wanting to skim at times - leading me to miss some context and potentially important information.
Despite this critique, "The Gospel of Kink" is down to earth and great for anyone interested in kink and/or other forms of alternative sexuality to read. Whether single or in relationship (in any of its forms and configurations), I would highly recommend it as a sound resource to exploring and/or expanding your sexual desires, as well as developing necessary skills to navigate through alternative sexuality and lifestyles.
"The Gospel of Kink" is a great resource for those interested in exploring issues related to alternative lifestyles and kink, as a self-coaching program to guide you through specific challenges, and to create inspired action for personal growth and empowerment in your alt/kink relationship.
This book is a must for anyone interested in the BDSM lifestyle.