After Reading Dawn Eden's new Book, The Thrill of the Chaste, I planned to write a review of this excellent work for Life Matters. I then came across Dr. Pia de Solenni's insightful review. It is reprinted here with permission of the American Spectator in whose web edition it first appeared on January 4, 2007.
SEX USED TO HAVE SOMETHING to do with marriage. That was then, this is now. Now, sex happens in more ways and places than perhaps ever before; but people don't seem much happier for it. Consider the fact that sex is everywhere, men and women claim to be looking for love and commitment, and the singles industry is booming; but the marriage rate doesn't appear to be keeping pace and people seem to spend much more of their lives being single. In such a light, the sexual revolution appears to have been more limiting than liberating.
Dawn Eden's new book, The Thrill of the Chaste, makes the case for shaping one's sexuality and life without assuming stereotypical conservative or liberal rhetoric. Following the genre of easy to read, self-help-ish books, Eden writes from her perspective as a self-identified agnostic Jew who became a Christian as a young adult. She realized, as much as she wanted to be married, that casual sex and even the ensuing relationships weren't getting her any closer to her goal. In fact, she found herself nowhere near her goal of meeting the type of man she'd want to marry