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The Thrill of the Chaste


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Drawing on her life experiences and John Paul II’s theology of the body, the author shows the fallacies of the modern-day sex-obsessed culture and, with intelligence and wit, explains why living chastity is ‘thrilling’.
 

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Author: Nicole Muhlenkamp     Date added: 9/20/2007, 12:22 PM    
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In a culture where sex is portrayed as more normal outside of than inside of marriage and chaste singles are by far in the minority—one might seriously ask why a mid-thirties woman would give up sex, turn her life around, start living for God, and share her story with the world. Yet that's just what Dawn Eden did. The Thrill of the Chaste is not your typical chastity book; it is a book for single women that provides a strong motivational message for living a chaste life. Whether you’re a single woman who has been through (or are still in) the ugly trenches of the modern sex culture, or you have been trying to live chastely your whole life, The Thrill of the Chaste will be a source of encouragement to you. In the words of Dawn Eden, “Chastity didn’t disappear. Like the early Christians in the Roman catacombs, it went underground. Today as the fruits of the sexual revolution prove to be loneliness, divorce, and disease, chastity is not only back—it’s the new revolution. So out, it’s in.” Eden presents her many insights through the lenses of faith and life experience. She draws on John Paul II’s Theology of the Body to explain why sex belongs in marriage. She neither sugarcoats her past nor does she gloss over the challenges that come with living chastity. As Eden honestly puts it, “Jesus endured the Cross, ‘for the joy that was set before Him.’… I can’t always see the joy that is set before me. But I know one thing. Where my old way of life is concerned, there is no joy behind me.” As the title suggests, even with these challenges, Eden has found a thrill that comes with living out chastity. She sees being chaste as a “a bold challenge to modern day culture, because it proves that people are not automatons, but human beings with free will....Think about it: all it takes is one unmarried woman to live a dynamic, well-rounded, and happy life while avoiding premarital sex, and the culture’s image of the drab spinster crumbles like a house of cards. That's why being singular is so exciting. It's an act of rebellion—liberating you from an oppressive culture” Chastity shows the world there is SO much more happiness and freedom available to us than what our popular culture offers. In The Thrill of the Chaste, Dawn Eden talks about the struggles and joys of being, as she puts it, a singular woman in today’s world. “A woman with the courage to step out into the unknown, risking temporary loneliness for a shot at lasting joy, is more than a ‘single.’ She’s singular. Instead of defining herself by what she lacks—a relationship with a man—she defines herself by what she has: a relationship with God.” She hits at the core of women’s desires, what they’re looking for, and why they’re willing to settle for casual sex rather than life-long commitment. After reading this book, you will know one thing for sure: “Through chastity—and only through chastity—can all the graces that are part of being a woman come to full flower in you.” This time of being singular is not a time for moping; it is time of saying yes to all that the Lord wants to do in you and through you. Whether you’re looking for some motivation or just an enjoyable read, this book is it. It is aimed at single adults in their 20's, 30's, and 40's. If you’re a parent and wondering if your teen daughter should read this book, however, I highly recommend you read it first. She does talk openly about her life before choosing chastity. You know where your daughter is at, and what is appropriate for her. I think it’s a good idea for every young woman to read this book before she goes to college. Something that everyone can take away from this book is not to be afraid to be bold or different from this world, and in order to do that we must be ALIVE in Christ. To use a G.K. Chesterton quote from the book, “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”