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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Rinella Editorial Services; 1 edition (8 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940267101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940267107
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,575,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For more than seventeen years Jack Rinella wrote LeatherViews a weekly, column about his favorite topic: kinky sex. A sought-after lecturer, Jack has presented seminars on BDSM history, techniques, and relationships across the country. Born in Albany, New York of Italian-American parents, he's the author of eight books, including the best-selling The Master’s Manual. He has a Bachelor degree in Philosophy and a Master Degree in Business Administration. He has been active in the Leather scene since 1983, is a founding member of MAsT-Chicago, an associate member of the Chicago Hellfire Club, and serves as a director on the board of the Leather Leadership Conference. He lives on the North side of Chicago where he passes the time writing, cruising, and falling in love whenever he can.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By English Tutor on 1 April 2012
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I have been an admirer of Jack Rinella's writing for a long time now. Jack is mainly known for his involvement in the BDSM and Leather lifestyles. He's lived with his slave, Patrick, 24/7 for a long time now. He speaks at conventions and other cultural events and his style is very much 'no frills, tell it how it is'. It was a small surprise to me, then, to learn that Jack is also travelling a path to Spiritual Enlightment and has written about it so well and so elegantly in this marvellous volume--I should have known of course, because Jack has always been a rabid pursuer of the truth and meaning behind things.!

Sex magic is a much whispered about but rarely elaborated-upon aspect of Magic. In this book Jack Rinella has brought light to the topic. He's also brought his humility (a rare thing amongst authors who write about Magic), his experiences, his life, his trials and tribulations and his joys and transformations to this text.

Whilst the word 'Philosophy' in the title might make it sound daunting and dry-dusty, this book is far from that. There is warmth, there is humour, there is strength and pride and there is a very real desire to share learning.

I highly recommend this book not only to the Leather, BDSM and LGBTQ communities, but also to the Pagan, Wiccan and Witch communities as well as to the rest of humanity. On the other hand, if you are easily shocked, prudish, afraid of sex, close-minded, bigoted or stupid this is probably not the book for you, though, because it might dangerously alter your understanding of the world and of sex and love, including the love of the Divine and our reasons for being in this life.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The "Connectedness" of All Things 1 July 2007
By Tim Brough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Jack Rinella's latest book to delve into the personal relations of the D/s universe is not totally unlike an amusement park ride. You slowly are towed up a long incline, waiting, anticipating something exciting will happen. You know that the rush will come. You already feel a certain adrenal burst on the brink. When the pull chain finally lets go of the cart and you go screaming down that hill, it's one of the finest feelings in the world; but you just wish it didn't take so darn long to hit the pinnacle.

Which expresses a lot of how I felt reading "Philosophy In The Dungeon." Jack goes into great amounts of detail about different religions, philosophies, mysticism and "The Many Ways Of Knowing" for the first five chapters. It is a dry, academic excersize to absorb and digest, and may require a few doublebacks as you attempt to take it all in. Then, once the sixth chapter entitled "Unity" arrives, Jack allows more personal details to infiltrate his information. Suddenly you get the insight into how he arrives at these statements, and the book becomes engaging. You get pulled over the tipping point and the thrill kicks in.

As Jack begins to describe his personal journey and the gamut of emotions he's experienced in the process thus far, "Philosophy In The Dungeon" broadens its appeal. What started out as dry college textbook material becomes more connected and understandable. While I still personally feel that "Partners in Power: Living in Kinky Relationships" remains Jack's best book to date, "Philosophy In The Dungeon" peels back the black leathers to take a look towards the inner light that many of us in Power Exchange situations search for and what guides the author during his continuing "process of life."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Memorable epistle from Jack to the Leather Nation 11 Oct. 2006
By Cambridge Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After reading excerpts of this new book by Jack Rinella during IML weekend, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my copy which UPS delivered today. I spent the day savoring its content as an honest testimony of how sex and spirituality are reunited in leathersex and D/s relationships. Jack's words will be the subject of meditation and re-reading for weeks and months to come, I'm sure.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
One man's spiritual journey 4 Jan. 2007
By TammyJo Eckhart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book reveals the life time journey of Jack Rinella as a spiritual man but only to this point in his life. His overall message is that we change and therefore healthy spirituality should be changing in some ways. I don't think this is Rinella's best book and I have issues with the historical chapter as well as his long quotations throughout the book. However, if you have read his other books you'll find more useful information based on his own life and his heartful and passionate encouragement for you to look into leading a more spiritual life yourself. While it may be most assessible to those in the leather or BDSM communities it is not limited to these groups and in fact may not be understandable to everyone in these groups.
A fantastic book about the spiritual aspects of BDSM 9 Jun. 2015
By Cavalry Scout - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
So first, let's discuss what this book isn't. It's now a 'how-to' book, or a primer on starting in BDSM. There are no technical explanations of techniques or anything like that. Also, you won't find any pictures. There are lots of great resources about all of this stuff, many of them right here on Amazon. With 'Philosophy in the Dungeon,' author and veteran BDSMer Jack Rinella delves into a much deeper layer of living kinky.

This book came to me at the exact right time in my life. My wife and I have been kinky for a number of years. We're practicing Dark Tantra and Jack discusses so many amazing topics that speak to me on a personal level. He posits the concept that spirit, body, and mind are a unified whole. More than that, Jack has done his homework going back to antiquity with examples from India, Greece, and other great spiritual ideas. He also uses examples from his own experience to describe his evolution as a kinkster, and spirit-based being.

This book is deep, and the author lays out a story so compelling, it's hard to put the book down. While reading it myself, I had so many 'wow!' moments, I can't remember them all. If you like reading spiritually-centered books about BDSM, or if you're a kinky explorer searching for the sublime meaning of wiitwd, this is the book for you.

All the best, Mark
Ruined by very poor production values... 23 Nov. 2014
By L. Vogel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I really like the content, but the lack of production really detracts.
1. No images made it.
2. Footnotes should be a tags.
3. No chapter markers or page breaks.
4. Really could use markup.

Recommendation: author or publisher needs to learn Dreamweaver or Amazon's tools.

Note - This is for the Kindle Edition.
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