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Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving Paperback – April 1, 2008
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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
Top Customer Reviews
After tons of reading, I came across this volume. I am not a psychologist, I am a teacher with interests in music, theology, and history. As such I have recognized that while many people write and argue about the nuances of Catholic teaching vis a vis the immorality of contraception, very few write complete books that address not just the moral theology, but also the psychological ramifications of implementing the teaching in our lives.
This book has the best and most complete introductory section on the Church's teaching I have ever read. But more than that, this book addresses the common problems married couples will encounter when giving their lives to this teaching. While those who practice NFP enjoy a divorce rate of around 5% (FAR lower than the general population) that does NOT mean that practicing NFP is without its risks. As a practicing family therapist, Dr. Popcak has seen it all. He addresses these topics with charity and love that enable couples to see that they are not alone in struggling to implement this teaching.Read more ›
Holy Sex!, despite the profound and wieghty subject matter, is a very readable and accessible book presented with ample doses of wit and humor. This book is well researched and built on solid religious, and psychological foundations.
To classify Holy Sex! as just a great marital/relationship self help guide, which it is, would however, in my opinion, miss the core of the message. The information in this book is meant not only to be helpful, but to be transformational. The heart of this book is a challenge to all of us. A challenge to understand that real love is not about us, it's about others. The real love from which everything else, including amazing sex, flows. If individuals are transformed by this real love, then couples are transformed. When couples are transformed, families are transformed. When families are transformed, communities are transformed. This is big stuff people !!
Three years of marriage, a pregnancy and birth, and miscarriage later, my husband and I had really hit a brick wall with our intimacy. While other aspects of our married life were fulfilling and we were happy with each other, I did not look forward to sharing myself with my husband. I was raised in a home where sex was taboo - necessary but gross and something only loose women enjoyed. Even though I trusted and loved my husband, I was unwilling to really let myself let my guard down with him.
I pulled this book out of my dresser with the intent to lend to a friend, but instead started to read through it myself, and boy howdy, I am so glad I did. I will absolutely agree that I was shocked at how descriptive and explicit Dr Popcak was with some of his case studies, but I totally appreciated it. Thinking clearly about sex is difficult for me, so I really benefited by the frank descriptions and lack of euphemisms. Please be aware, though, that those are only in a few parts of the book. Most of the book addresses attitudes many people have concerning what sex is or should be, and discusses certain problems and how to resolve them before it ever introduces "sex tips".
My husband read the book with me, and we took time to discuss issues and questions. With a bit of time and prayer, I realized it's actually quite alright for a wife to enjoy sex with her husband (I knew intellectually, but did not behave accordingly), and I really started to be able to finally enjoy that part of my relationship with my husband. It hasn't been long since I read it, but our relations have been more fulfilling, enjoyable, and certainly spicier since we read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend this book to every married or married to be couple. Also to anyone contemplating marriage and/or all marriage counselors.Published 1 month ago by Larry Humphrey
This book is a must for all marriages. Sex is so beautiful and amazing when God is present. My husband and I are so close and have had 5 beautiful children.Published 1 month ago by Steve
I think this book, along with Simcha Fisher's "The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning", should be required reading for every Catholic couple, whether preparing for... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Honorary Brit
Good book! Theologically correct. Very helpful for spouses who are wondering what the church actually teaches. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Julie Green
Great book for those planning to get married as well as those already married!Published 5 months ago by Nancy of Texas
This is a truly great book. I give it as a wedding gift for every Catholic wedding or bridal shower I attend! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
In our secularly saturated and morally wounded word, Holy Sex is definitely a light in the darkness. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark Tirona
One of the best Catholic books I've ever read. Everyone has such skewed (stupid) stereotypes about Catholics and their teachings, especially about sex. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer