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“This book is the prescription women need to finally come home to themselves and to the vital life force that is their sexual desire.”—Christiane Northrup, MD

“To read this book is to bask in the radiance of the wisest of sexual guides. Ogden gently and lovingly takes readers on a magnificent journey."—Ian Kerner, author of She Comes First and Passionista

“Gina Ogden probes the intricacies of female sexuality with subtle depth and understanding. I plan to recommend this book to any woman on her path to finding greater sexual self discovery and self acceptance, and ultimately ecstasy.”—Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity

“Engaging, accessible, well-researched, and full of wonderful anecdotes from women across the life span. A delightful invitation for all readers to explore the full range of our own desires.”—Judy Norsigian and Lynn Rosenbaum, for Our Bodies Ourselves

“Gina Ogden listens to women.  Her book lifts the language of desire from competition and dysfunction to caring, empathy, and a powerful new consciousness that expands our lives and our partnerships.”—Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and the Blade and The Real Wealth of Nations

“Ogden, a seasoned therapist, shares her considerable wisdom about rekindling sexual passion. No quick fixes promised but a thoughtful recognition and celebration of the emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual dimensions of our sexuality.”—Sandra R. Leiblum, PhD, author of Getting the Sex You Want

About the Author

Gina Ogden, PhD, has had a distinguished career as a marriage and family therapist, sex therapist, teacher, researcher, and author. She is the author of several books, including Women Who Love Sex and The Heart and Soul of Sex, and has been a featured guest on numerous radio and television programs including Oprah. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Trumpeter; 1 edition (July 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590303644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590303641
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Holly E. Rawson on July 15, 2008
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I loved this book. It is a gift to all of us through this time of cultural confusion regarding the nature of our sexuality. In "The Return of Desire", Gina Ogden offers a new vision for relaxing into and truly embracing our sexual selves. And it's about time!

The Sexual Revolution of the `60s at least opened the door to talking about sex, but for many, that dialogue has been fraught with feelings of frustration and inadequacy. So-called "sex education", though obviously an improvement over nothing even in these "abstinence only" times, fails to address the complexities of our sexual selves, usually focusing simply on the anatomical and "how not to get pregnant or STDs" aspects.

In "The Return of Desire", Gina offers us a model of human sexuality that addresses the myriad aspects of our complex human selves. We are more than simply physical creatures. We are also mental, emotional, and spiritual beings, and each of these vital areas of human experience are in need of honoring and support. Gina beautifully articulates these complexities of being sexually human, and invites us to dare to link spirituality and sexuality as inherently connected. As she describes, in her no-nonsense style, the hows and whys we think, feel and act as we do in sexual expression, she also offers excellent tools for practice in building a more liberated experience of our sexual selves. By liberated, I mean truly free to embody our hearts' desires in genuine connection with the mystery of life, free of the blocks we may hold in our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual selves. Hurray!

In her earlier book, "The Heart and Soul of Sex", Gina introduces us to ISIS, her multi-faceted model of human sexuality based upon her extensive research and survey findings.
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And in Gina Ogden's expert opinion, there is no such thing as "the average woman." Each of us is unique, responding to desire and passion in unique ways. The beauty of this book is that it encompasses the "many faces of sexual desire" which include "attraction, passion, love, energy, libido, and randy, all-consuming lust." There's no "one size fits all" and Gina gives many examples so that we can identify ourselves -- sometimes in surprising new ways.
The voice of this book is gentle and intimate, yet lively and practical. For the visual reader, there are some charts and graphs, but nothing to drive away those of us who are science phobes. Best of all, it is the voice of vast experience, helping us navigate contemporary cultural and spiritual mores with wisdom and truth.
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Gina Ogden, PHD, is a compassionate professional in sexual therapy. Here, her light really shines through if you are ripe for opening your heart to yourself. It's not so much about the physical but more about education and healing yourself. Awareness is brought (or returned) to a level that will make you prouder. In one of the exercises, I actually found tears rolling down my cheeks as I released a lot of emotional pain. That's an amazing level of understanding and it took her kind and warm way of expression and suggestion to have such a profound reaction.
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Thank you Gina for opening my eyes even more to the nuances of sexual experience a woman can have. I love seeing a positive, affirmative understanding of this most misunderstood topic. Your humor, wit and depth and the stories themselves will bring healing and illumination to many people--men as well as women!
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I'm really enjoying this book. One thing I find very refreshing about it is that it doesn't tell us how to be better lovers, or have better sex. Instead, it's a wise, funny, practical book that focuses on how we can set ourselves free to be exactly who we are, how we can accept ourselves and our sexuality unconditionally, and how we can befriend our own desires.

Jalaja Bonheim, author of Aphrodite's Daughters: Women's Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul.
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Is there a 10 star rating? Because The Return of Desire deserves that and more. I purchased this book without any prior knowledge of Dr. Ogden, or her works, based on a general recommendation as a gem of a book. Now that I have finished my first book by Dr. Ogden, I am hungry to read every single thing she has written! The Return of Desire is about so much more than just rediscovering your sexual passion, it is about ALL facets of our tender, sexy, feminine, fragile, strong, luscious sensual, sexual self. This book is nourishment - through and through. A literary version of a much needed daily supplement vitamin for our wellspring of desires. I am now giving this book as a loving gift to all of my girlfriends. Keep em coming Gina Ogden! And thank you so very much.
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Dr. Gina Ogden did it again.
Reading "The Retrun of Desire" I got in touch with emotions and insights that would not have come up otherwise and I was able to communicate with my husband in an even deeper space. Thank you Gina for shining your light of true feminine wisdom on this most important aspect of life that connects us to love.
Sabine Grandke-Taft "Radiant Embodiment.com"
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The Return of Desire is an excellent book that virtually every woman can grow from. Gina has a lovely way of conveying positive energy through the written word while simultaneously providing practical advice. The Return of Desire is a very worthwhile read!
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