Holy Sex!: A Catholic Guide to Toe-Curling, Mind-Blowing, Infallible Loving

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Common wisdom portrays sex and church to be at odds, yet studies show that Catholics have better sex, and more often. This witty, frank, and refreshingly orthodox book draws from the beautiful truths of Catholic teaching to show people of all faiths about rich and satisfying sexuality. Hailed by Christians across the spectrum from Christopher West and Janet E. Smith to John L. Allen, Jr., Holy Sex! includes dozens of questionnaires, quizzes, and valuable lessons from real-life ...

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Overview

Common wisdom portrays sex and church to be at odds, yet studies show that Catholics have better sex, and more often. This witty, frank, and refreshingly orthodox book draws from the beautiful truths of Catholic teaching to show people of all faiths about rich and satisfying sexuality. Hailed by Christians across the spectrum from Christopher West and Janet E. Smith to John L. Allen, Jr., Holy Sex! includes dozens of questionnaires, quizzes, and valuable lessons from real-life stories.

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This practical sex guide incorporates, but goes well beyond, marital sacramental theology, and as such will be welcomed by those who want to adhere to Catholic teaching yet still enjoy the passion of sexual union. Psychotherapist Popcak spends most of the book elaborating on the Catholic view of sex, citing various church documents and the writings of Pope John Paul II. He explains why sex is holy, how it differs from eroticism and why it is intended solely for one man and one woman who are married to each other and open to having children. In covering what he calls "the good stuff," Popcak says restrictions are few. These center on the "One Rule" (a man must always climax inside the woman) and "Four Pleasure Principles" that deal with maintaining continuity between a couple's daily life together and their sexual relationship and respecting the dignity of each partner. As long as these guidelines are followed, Popcak says, couples are free to be creative sexually. He includes information on natural family planning (a Catholic Church-approved method of spacing births) and advice for sexual problems. Although Popcak writes in a warm, conversational style, he tends to overuse certain catch words and phrases, diminishing some of their impact. Nonetheless, his essential message makes this worthwhile reading. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824524715
  • Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/25/2008
  • Pages: 333
  • Sales rank: 245,765
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Christianity's Best-Kept Secret
An Introduction to Holy Sex     1
Surprising Insights from Tradition     2
What's in This Book?     3
Holy Sex: Can You Handle It?     4
Sex, Lies, and the Real Thing     6
Two False Ideas Attributed to the Church     8
The Mediterranean Approach     8
Getting Yer Irish Up     11
Real Sex Exposed     14
Fool's Gold: Holy Sex or Eroticism     16
Holy Sex! Don't Settle for Substitutes!     17
When Love Goes Bad     29
What Are Infallible Lovers Made Of?     32
How to Become an Infallible Lover: A Recipe     34
What about Chastity?     34
Baker's Quiz     37
The Eight Steps to Infallible Loving     51
A Conclusion     67
Climbing Higher: The Sexuality Continuum     69
The Five Stages of Sexual Advancement (From Aunt McGillicuddy's Antique Urn School to Holy Sex)     70
Lovemaking as an Experience of God     82
Lovemaking as a Path to Personal Growth     83
In a Nutshell     84
The Five Great Powers of Holy Sex
Test Your Holy Sex Quotient (HSQ)     88
Sex Makes Us Holy     96
What Does Holy Mean?     96
Sensual and Spiritual     101
Sex Is Sacramental     107
A Marriage Made for Heaven     96
Taking Sex for Granted     114
Sex Is a Sign of God's Love     117
Naughty, Naughty     120
Toppling the Barriers of Intimacy     124
Hi Ho, Hi Ho - Working at Your Relationship     126
Sex Unites     129
The Chemistry of Sex     131
Love Unwrapped     135
A Union of Spirits     136
Healthy and Defensive Attachment     140
Sex Creates     145
Is Every Sperm Sacred?     131
Being Open to the Fullness of Life     135
Bet You Didn't Know     136
The School of Love
Questions about Natural Family Planning (NFP)     168
The Infallible Lover's Guide to Pleasure     190
The Four Pleasure Principles     192
Putting It All Together: A Case Study     202
Problem-Solving with the Four Pleasure Principles     206
The Anatomy of Infallible Loving: Setting the Stage     209
Social Intercourse     210
Foreplay     215
The Anatomy of Infallible Loving: The Good Stuff      233
Transitioning to Intercourse     234
The Mind-Blowing Spirituality of Intercourse     234
Learning from the Woman's Body     239
Reviewing Your Sexual Repertoire: Positions and More     244
Afterglow     259
Overcoming Common Problems
Is There Sex after Kids?     264
When NFP Is Too Hard     268
You've Lost That Loving Feeling     279
Common Sexual Problems for Women     283
Common Sexual Problems for Men     291
Overcoming Infertility     296
Infidelity     304
Masturbation and Pornography     310
When to Seek Help (and from Whom)     323
Holy Sex Is Your Inheritance     328
Quizzes
Baker's Quiz     37
Test Your Holy Sex Quotient (HSQ)     88
Maximizing the Senses of Taste and Smell in Foreplay     221
Maximizing the Visual Sense in Foreplay     225
Maximizing the Auditory Sense in Foreplay     228
Maximizing the Sense of Touch in Foreplay     231
How Engaged Are You?     237
Exercises
Develop a Marital Mission Statement     52
Make Sure Marriage and Family Is Your Priority     54
The Lovelist      214
Learning to Harmonize     255
Sexual Addiction: Do You Have a Problem?     317
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