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4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging, enlightening and liberating, 6 Feb 1999
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This review is from: The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love (Hardcover)
In "The Soul of Sex," Thomas Moore presents a view of human sexuality which transcends our narrow-minded Western tendencies to view it (and almost everything else) as either good or evil, black or white, right or wrong, sacred or profane. The Western world is slowly waking up to the realization that we cannot separate the body from the mind and the spirit. Our sexuality is tightly woven with all three, and cannot be dismissed and stuffed away under the guise of "morality" (as so many of our so-called "leaders" would have us do.) Sex is central to our being. Moore's belief that accepting, embracing and celebrating our sexuality can be accomplished without decending into the tawdry images of pornography was a revelation for me. However the book is difficult, sometimes rambling and a bit New Age-esque at times. It's best to read it one chapter at a time and allow the ideas and images to take root before reading further. "The Soul of Sex" has been very useful to me in my journey to overcome emotional and sexual problems resulting from a repressive, guilt- and shame-ridden Southern Baptist upbringing. I strongly recommend it to others who are likewise suffering, and anyone who simply wants to deepen their understanding of sex and soul.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A WONDERFUL BOOK!, 16 Sep 1998
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This review is from: The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love (Hardcover)
If you have never read a book by this author before, you will be pleasantly surpised. Second only so far to THE RE-ENCHANTMENT OF EVERYDAY LIFE, it is definitely one of my favorites. And I am quite a fan. His writing is rich in insight-- it has been a long time since I truly felt that reading a book was an *experience*. This is. And a profound one at that. There are a lot of "self-help" books out there, and there a lot of "sex books" as well. This has something NEW, and much deeper, to add, without taking on the persona of either of the above. An artful book if ever I saw one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book - needs concentration, but worth the investment, 7 July 1998
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This review is from: The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love (Hardcover)
The Soul of Sex is a wonderful follow up to Soul Mates. I am constantly amazed by Moore. How does a Catholic Priest have such good insight into the Inner Sanctum of relationships, when his own faith appears to distance itself from that? Whatever way he does it, Moore succeeds yet again.
This is not light reading but it does touch the parts that most other authors fail to reach. In this category I exclude the inspiring "THE Autobiography of Jesus of Nazareth..." by Richard Patton. Both these authors deal with taboo religious subjects in a seemingly unbiased fashion that illuminates without emotional persuasion (the touch-stone of many a great writer). It appears that Moore has 'discovered' Tantra which Patton has already gone into in some considerable depth. Am I wrong or are there more writers today dealing with profound paradox's? Where were the Deepak Chopra's and Richard Patton's twenty years ago? Moore works from within the 'system' yet clearly wants us to question it. I loved this book and would love to see the look on Moore's ecclesiastical colleagues when they see it. This is a great book for those times when you KNOW you are not going to be interrupted. It needs concentration but the journey is well worth it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book beautifully touches the ageless heart and soul., 16 Aug 1998
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This review is from: The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love (Hardcover)
Thomas Moore weaves a beautiful picture of human sexuality that goes beyond and through the crude and shallow side show billing that sexuality seems to carry today. I enjoyed reading this book from cover to cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real life experience, 8 July 1998
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This review is from: The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love (Hardcover)
The author has taken sufficient care to present a real life experience in such a lucid and vivid manner. The contents may serve as a invaluable guide to the novices in SEX. Also, as a reference to adults
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, challenging, but perhaps not all inclusive, 12 Sep 1998
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This review is from: The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love (Hardcover)
Moore synthesizes a variety of ancient mythological and religious motifs to explain a holistic convergence of mind and spirit. His histories, however, seem to be somewhat lacking in consideration of Judaism's contributions to sexuality and spirituality. For examples, in his references to contemplation and personification of religious artifacts he neglects to mention the Jewish contemplation of the Torah scrolls during worship and the dressing of the Torah in the raiments of the ancient priests. Surely this practice is as old and well known as the Catholic contemplation of the Host. Granted, much of the ancient Hebrew texts reject the pagan mythology on which Moore bases many of his analogies (some insight into the rite of circumcision in regard to the myth of the phallus would be fascinating), but the sensual spirituality of the Kaballah is overlooked. What about the roles of Lillith and Eve as female archetypes? I believe more investigation into this rich and ancient tradition would have provided a fuller vision. My Jewish soul felt a distinct lack of identification with most of the author's icons.
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