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Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy with Your Spouse Hardcover – January 10, 2012

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"Ed Young will teach you the difference between temporary moments of happiness and true inner joy for a lifetime."―Joyce Meyer

"Young writes like he's sitting across the table, talking directly to you."―The Washington Post

"Young not only brings energy to his topic, but also meaningful, biblically based content."―Christian Retailing Magazine

"Ed and Lisa Young have modeled a Christ-centered marriage for over 25 years. Their straightforward, encouraging and practical teaching in SEXPERIMENT will take your marriage to a greater depth of intimacy than you've ever known before."―Craig Groeschel, Senior Pastor of LifeChurch.TV Author of WEIRD, Because Normal Isn't Working

"Honestly, most of the preaching and teaching about sex, love, and marriage is not getting the job done. The marriages and sex lives represented in the church look no better than the world's. And the reason is because our approach to the subject is based on restraint rather than vision. In SEXPERIMENT, Ed Young, a man with a marriage and family worth aspiring to, changes that. If you want to experience all of the pleasure and happiness God intended for your marriage, this book is a must-read."―Steven & Holly Furtick, Lead Pastor at Elevation Church; Author, Sun Stand Still

"Marriage without good sex is like a house without heat in the winter. You might be able to survive in it but it's not nearly as enjoyable. Ed and Lisa are among the best when it comes to encouraging us to keep the ""heat on"" in the house. Their practical, honest, and open style of communication on this topic is both real and refreshing. I want to encourage you to take this challenge as an opportunity to stir the fire in your marriage."―Pastors Kevin & Sheila Gerald of Champions Centre

"Ed and Lisa are simply fun to be around and their joy as a family speaks even louder than their world renowned church does. My wife and I look at their marriage, the way they still laugh with each other and live life so passionately, and are instantly inspired. Additionally, all their children actually want to hang out with them! Higher praise for parents, you will not find. Obviously, their marriage is impacting, if it works in their own house first. This book should be a pre-marriage pre-requisite and an annual 'wanna stay happily married' re-read! Thank God for a couple that continues to help others build strong marriages."―Carl & Laura Lentz, Lead Pastor at Hillsong in New York City

"Our culture worships sex but is often confused about marriage. I've always believed that the church should be at the forefront in portraying the delight of sex in the context of marriage. Ed Young's book does just that with humor, wisdom, and candor."―Judah & Chelsea Smith Senior Pastors at The City Church

"It's not a lack of love that makes a marriage monotonous; it's a lack of passion. Sexperiment will help you put the passion back where it belongs...and take your marriage where it needs to be!"―Rev. Run

About the Author

Ed Young is a pastor, author, and conference speaker noted for his creative communication style. He has a passion for making the complex simple as he speaks truth to people in ways they can understand and apply to their everyday lives. Through his leadership as founding and Senior Pastor of Fellowship Church, the church has become one of the most attended churches in America.

Lisa Young, the wife of pastor Ed Young, hosts Flavour, a ministry designed specifically for women at Fellowship Church. She has also co-authored The Marriage Mirror and The Creative Marriage and has contributed to Ed's books, Beauty Full and Kid CEO. In addition, she has written a cookbook, Body for God, and her most recent book, Flavour Your Day, combines inspirational thoughts from Lisa with beautiful illustrations from nationally recognized artist, Olivia Bennett.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: FaithWords; 1 edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446582727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446582728
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #702,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy with Your Spouse

The Sexperiment is about a challenge for married couples in the church where Ed Young serves as lead pastor to make love for seven consecutive days. The quotes used by co-authors Ed and Lisa Young in this book would lead a reader to believe that the sexperiment has revolutionized some marriages.

When I first began reading about the sexperiment I was immediately drawn to the question, "What would make this sexperiment so beneficial (beyond the obvious)?" In other words, I wanted to know if this whole thing was just a gimmick used to draw in the curious crowd. If it's more than a gimmick, why did the sexperiment have such a big impact. And throughout the book those questions stayed at the forefront of my mind.

Eventually I found myself satisfied when I realized that gradually my questions were answered. I believe the Youngs' answer to this question is that the arrangements a couple has to make in order to make love for seven consecutive days set possible precedents for the immediate future for that couple.

For example, in order to make love seven consecutive days, a married couple would have to prioritize making their sex life above all the other items of life that take our time. When a married couple gets so busy that they don't have time for one another, the sexperiment can help them re-order their lives.

Another example: by the third (or possibly fourth!) day, the husband is not likely making love to satisfy his sexual energy (at least this would be true for most men).
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When I saw that this book was available for review I thought it sounded like an interesting twist on your typical marriage help books and I was eager to read it. While I sincerely believe that my husband and I have a very good marriage, I figured that there would still be something that we could gain from this book. I started reading the book and it did not disappoint. While yes, the book does definitely focus on having an intimacy with your spouse - it goes beyond that! It covers so many excuses that we let crop into our lives that lead us away from "becoming one" in our marriages.

One of my favorite chapters was actually the first chapter because it covered the differences between men and women and how we think. I couldn't believe how accurate it was! I guess I shouldn't have been too surprised since this is written from a husband and wife team that have been married for over 30 years, but it still amazed me.

I think that this book would be very helpful for any marriage. Even if you have a solid marriage - it will help to solidify your marriage. If your marriage seems to be shaky - it can help you to get it back on track. This book even has a section at the end of each chapter called "Action Steps" for couples that are reading this together and are getting ready to embark on the "Sexperiment". While this book is written for married couples, it also has a section at the end of the chapter called "Before You Do" for engaged couples and "The Yoke is Not a Joke" for those that are still dating. I really appreciated the fact that over and over in these sections they made a point to say that this experiment is only for you once you are married, but there are things that you can consider before you are in that situation.

I received this book for free from FaithWords in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. All words and thoughts in this review are my own.
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Felt that it was too wordy, seemed to focus a lot on why not having sex will cause you to have an affair. talks a lot about why we should and how its a good thing as a christian family but did not feel that it was extremely helpful.
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When I was a newish Christian in 2013, my old church had a young adults ministry and they did a discipleship group based on this book for newly wed couples. They ended up giving me a copy of this book despite the fact I wasn't married and said I wouldn't fit into the group. I only read Pastor Young's book this year because several of my close friends were getting married and I was honestly curious how marital intimacy could help create biblical marriages. Not being married, I took a lot of what I've read to my pastors so they could explain it to me. I'm a conservative confessional Lutheran and none of my pastors had anything nice to say about what Pastor Young wrote in these pages.

Lutherans are generally very pro-marriage (Luther himself especially) but our theology of building stronger marriages is rooted in the law and the gospel. The law is applied to spouses to be better towards each other in addressing faults which prohibit intimacy and the gospel gives grace and reconciliation in the midst of resolved conflict.

After what I've read, Pastor Young doesn't apply any of that (then again he's not a Lutheran). I just think he is sexualizing marital intimacy to an extreme. Sex is one of God's gifts for married couples yes, but there's more to intimacy in marriage than that. I can't help but feel this book is the Christian version of those fad diets. Seven days worth of sexual intimacy isn't going to fix deep marital intimacy issues. In the end, only Christ's gospel can change hearts between spouses to become more loving and intimate. The law does the convicting and the gospel does the healing.

Anyway that's just a confessional Lutheran perspective. This book is very typical of what comes out of non-denominational mega-churches (like my old church). I feel like confessional Christianity offers a more healthful alternative to building more intimate marriages than Pastor Young's book does. I wouldn't recommend it.
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