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The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On by Dawn Eden

“An intelligent, culturally aware, and (not least important) highly entertaining account of how one woman was able to break free of a culture of sexual objectification.

“Dawn Eden reminds us forcefully that our happiness does not, in fact, lie in the cycle of sexual gratifications, or in being a "winner" in the manhunting/ womanhunting game; it consists of a life of love and respect for others, whether one is married or single.”
—Michael Potemra, National Review

“Why would a thirtysomething modern woman give up sex? At the heart of The Thrill of the Chaste is this mystery story which as it unfolds reveals our deep human longing for a love that matters, for a sexual union that is real. A brave, beautiful book.”

—Maggie Gallagher, President, Institute for Marriage and nationally syndicated columnist

New York Daily News columnist and blogger [Dawn] Eden offers a Christian apologetic for premarital chastity, aimed at "marriage-minded single women who'd had enough of the Sex and the City lifestyle." Eden herself is a convert to both Christianity and chastity, and now an unmarried 30-something, she's persuaded that chastity is more "hope-filled" and "vibrant" than sex outside of marriage. She draws on John Paul II's theology of the body to explain why Christians should reserve sex for marriage; "our bodies are living metaphors of God's loving nature," she argues, and to have sex casually is to make a false promise of total commitment…” [Full review]

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The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On (SBN 0-8499-1311-X, $13.99, Trade Paper) is published by W Publishing Group. Order today from