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Art of Natural Family Planning based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
My husband and I bought this book in preparation for taking an NFP class taught by the Couple to Couple League. The class and the book compliment each other very well; I highly recommend taking the class in addition to buying the book. We learned so much! I learned things about my body and my own fertility that I never knew, even after having attended years of public school "sex education" classes. One of the things I liked best about the book, other than its sound scientific methodology, is its focus on fertility as an integral aspect of a Sacramental marriage. Thus fertility isn¿t a ¿woman¿s problem¿ (it isn¿t a ¿problem¿ at all!) but rather something a couple shares. While indeed it is the wife's symptoms that are being observed, there is strong emphasis on the husband's active participation. NFP is something a couple practices TOGETHER. NFP depends upon and promotes regular dialogue between husband and wife. Contrast this with Toni Weschler's much ballyhooed "Taking Charge of Your Fertility." I was initially excited that an apparent feminist would support the counter-cultural idea that natural family planning is just as EFFECTIVE and HEALTHIER than artificial birth control. Since most health care professionals still know little about this method, and tend to lump it in with the ineffective "rhythm method" of the past, Weschler's book might serve well in the medical community as an introduction to natural family planning. However, the perspective of "Taking Charge" is very different from "The Art of Natural Family Planning." Weschler heavily promotes "control" and "taking charge." She packages her "fertility awareness method" as another form of birth control, with all of the "me first" implications. Finally, Weschler's book is full of feminist attitude. It is all about empowering women. On the other hand, "The Art of Natural Family Planning" seeks to promote healthy families and strong marriages. If your focus is on marriage and the family, "The Art of Natural Family Planning" is the book for you. However, if you're a radical feminist, the religious perspective and evident holiness of the Kippley's probably won't appeal to you. :)
I wish that the book were half as long, and that the scientific method, and reports were still there, but that the conclusions of the research, and how to apply it were left for the reader to make his own opinions. I am very religeous but am put off by being told how and when to pray, and who should be in charge of the thermometer and where to keep it in my house. Please- if a couple cannot decide these simple things on their own, I do hope that they do not try the harder task of parenthood. I am however happy to see support for the fact that pills, and drugs can be unhealthy. It is a great tool for family planning, and I am happy to have an efective alternative, I just wish that the moralizing and trite advice were left out- it is insulting to the reader.
This book will give you all that you need to know in order to postpone or achieve pregnancy. My husband and I used it to both postpone and achieve pregnancy and are looking forward to the birth of our first child! Not only will this book outline the 'how-to's' of the Sympto-Thermal Method, but the reasons why such a method is the only moral one to follow. This book will give you new insight into God's plan for all of us. It has changed our life completely and we are thankful each day!