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Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving Kindle Edition
From Publishers Weekly
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"Some books are worth reading because they make an important point, others for the sheer delight of the writing. Greg Popcak's Holy Sex! is both. Wherever one stands on the fine points of Catholic teaching about sex, Popcak reveals its deeply sensual core, debunking popular stereotypes of Catholicism as somehow anti-erotic. Think of this book as Thomas Aquinas meets Dr. Ruth, and enjoy!"
- John L. Allen Jr., Senior Correspondent for National Catholic Reporter "Looking at contemporary popular culture, one finds that sex is overrated and undervalued. Greg Popcak helps to set things straight on both counts. He explains with intelligence and humor what some have learned only through painful experience, and many have still not learned--namely, that the joy of sex is not to be found in `liberation' from moral principles, but in its unique power to unite a man and woman as faithful partners in the love-building and life-giving union that marriage is."
- Robert P. George, Professor, Princeton University
"Dynamic, faithful, funny, and informative, [Popcak] demonstrates how the Truth will set you free. Combining practical wisdom with the wisdom of the ages, Popcak leads men and women to the love they long for."
- Christopher West, Fellow, Theology of the Body Institute
"It is no surprise to see Dr. Popcak treat marital sex as a truly joyful thing. And why not? He clearly points out, God designed man and woman to communicate his love in their spiritual and physical union. If married couples could actually experience their love-making as an expression of God's creative, joyous, and renewing love, wow!"
- Most Rev. R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Steubenville
"Clearly, Dr. Popcak is a chaste, faithful, learned Catholic man with mountains of experience working with couples. I am confident that spouses who follow his advice will become holier and better partners. Those who are holier are certainly better lovers and thanks to Holy Sex! we now know the many ways this is true."
- Janet E. Smith, Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics Sacred Heart Major Seminary
"In the last four decades, too many Americans have been led astray by self-styled experts promising sexual liberation and happiness, only to end up with broken hearts and broken bodies. By combining theological insight and psychological wisdom, Dr. Gregory Popcak offers a different path to men and women looking for a way to find happiness and virtue in their sexual lives... [Holy Sex! is a] powerful guide for navigating the joys and sorrows of sex."
- W. Bradford Wilcox, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia
"Popcak does a great service by practically developing the last chapter of Karol Wojtyla's (John Paul II) Love and Responsibility. Marriage is work... an invaluable resource for all married and engaged couples."
- Pia de Solenni, Feminist Theologian, Winner: Pontifical Prize of the Academies
"Greg Popcak is a wise and funny guy. He combines the ancient wisdom of the Faith with the best that contemporary science and compassionate human understanding have to offer in warm, generous, and practical insights that have already been invaluable to thousands."
- Mark P. Shea, Senior Content Editor, CatholicExchange.com--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00YLQUA0Y
- Publisher : Crossroad (May 26, 2015)
- Publication date : May 26, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 972 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #343,693 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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My husband and I have been married for 11 years. After the birth of our first child almost 8 years ago, my body just fell apart--physically and emotionally. After a wonderful first few years, my libido became almost non-existent. I was overwhelmed with my new reality. Secular sources assured me that it was only a "matter of time" before my husband looked elsewhere to "get what he needed". Although we were best friends, I was terrified that he would leave me because that piece was almost completely missing from our marriage.
Until I started reading this book, I did not realize the extent to which I had been fed extremely wrong information, not only by "the world" in the form of eroticism, but also during my overly strict traditional Catholic upbringing. Although my husband and I have only ever used NFP (when not just abstaining altogether), deep down I felt like I was a terrible Catholic because I wasn't having as many babies as I could. This, even while I was struggling mightily with OCD and depression while being a full-time mother to my two children. I thought I was a terrible, selfish wife and woman because I wasn't serving my husband's needs whether I felt like it or not. I felt like a failure.
While this book has shown me that we do have some things to work on, it has also improved my self esteem and confidence in myself and my relationship. I understand now that the feelings I have beaten myself up about are natural and valid, even if not good. I understand now that I am different from my husband, but equal--not less. We both deserve to have love, affection and attention that makes us WANT to be physical as the next natural step. It shouldn't be a chore. I understand now that it is perfectly good, healthy and desirable to be my husband's best friend (I had been told that this is bad for a relationship).
Things have picked up, and I am much happier now. Shame and fear are paralyzing. The Catholic Church's teachings on sexuality are beautiful, and I wish I had learned them properly sooner.