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Overview Eden, a Jewish-born rock journalist turned salty Christian blog queen, gives readers the positive and uplifting message that they've been wanting to hear. Using her own experiences in the New York City singles jungle, she shows women how they can go from insecurity to purity, and from forlorn to reborn.
Finally, a book for single women who, unsatisfied with living a worldly lifestyle, want to give their lives a new and godly direction. Author Dawn Eden, a Jewish-born rock journalist turned salty Christian blog queen, gives these readers the positive and uplifting message that they've been wanting to hear-that spiritual healing and a renewed outlook await them. Using her own experiences in the New York City singles jungle, she shows women how they too can go from insecurity to purity, and from forlorn to reborn. She tells women who have been around the block how to find their way home.
Among inspirational books for single women, The Thrill of the Chaste is a pair of hip Ray-Bans in a field of rose-colored glasses. This isn't a book for dainty damsels in lacy white dresses patiently awaiting their handsome prince. This is for real women who need strong, motivational, and deeply moral messages to counter the ones they receive from a superficial, sex-obsessed world.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On by Dawn Eden has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 09/25/2006 page 64
Christianity Today - 03/01/2007 page 77
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Dec 5, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 084991311X ISBN13 9780849913112
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More About Dawn Eden
Dawn Eden es la autora del best-seller La aventura de la castidad: Encontrando satisfaccion con tu ropa puesta (The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On), que se ha reimpreso innumerables veces y se ha traducido al espanol, polaco y chino. Nacida en una familia judia en la ciudad de Nueva York, perdio su fe durante la adolescencia y se volvio agnostica. Posteriormente, en la decada de los noventa, trabajo como periodista de rock, entrevistando bandas para revistas y apareciendo como experta musical en television, en FX Network, ademas de colaborar para varios periodicos de Nueva York, incluyendo New York Post y Daily News."
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A must-read for young women Mar 25, 2007
In The Thrill of the Chaste, Dawn Eden provides a much-needed argument against today's "Sex and the City"-centric culture. Drawing upon her own experiences, both good and bad, Eden not only illustrates the hidden dangers of casual sex, she also provides an inspirational take on living a chaste lifestyle and how doing so will benefit oneself and one's relationships. As a 20-something female New Yorker, I found Eden's perspective relevant, refreshing, and extremely valuable.
Eden engages the reader right away with her hip yet eloquent writing. A former player in the casual sex arena that today's society so vehemently promotes, Eden is not shy about revealing her past, nor does she scold those who engage in the behavior that she has since turned from. Rather, she writes in a simple, honest manner that will immediately hit home with female readers who, having tried the "Sex and the City" approach to love and sex, are unsatisfied with the state of their own relationships and are looking for something more.
Eden's witty, often quite funny writing is grounded in her own examples, and her references to pop culture (including, of course, various "Sex and the City" episodes) make her work light and easy to relate to. She shares details about her own sexual past and the relationships that she eventually realized were so damaging, yet she does so tastefully, revealing the truth about her behavior rather than sensationalizing it. She shows first-hand how casual sex is often used in an effort to obtain a committed relationship but almost always winds up doing quite the opposite, preventing meaningful, loving relationships from being established. She clearly demonstrates the harmful effects of such cavalier attitudes toward sex, especially on women, for whom she explains that sex is by nature an intimate act meant to establish an emotional bond.
But Eden does not just limit her discussion of chastity to the pitfalls of premarital sex and the benefits of waiting. She explains how living chastely translates to every aspect of one's life, including one's dress and social activities, and how a chaste lifestyle is beneficial to both singles and married couples, successfully debunking the stereotype that chastity is only practiced by religious fanatics and those with an aversion to sexual activity.
Although Eden is never preachy or accusatory, her Christian (and predominantly Catholic) views and frequent references to Scripture may be hard to swallow for those with no religious beliefs or no desire to question the cult of casual sex. And, while men can certainly benefit from Eden's wisdom, the book's stylishly girly cover and Eden's focus on a female audience may be a turnoff to guys. However, Eden's insights on the dating world, which include an analysis of the online dating scene and valuable tips on how to branch out and meet potential mates, will be appreciated even by those who have not yet been convinced of the chaste way of life - both male and female.
Overall, Eden's book is an enlightening, inspirational read that will hopefully help to make a more conservative, respectful approach to sex and relationships popular once again. I highly recommend this book to women in their 20s and 30s who are looking for more complete and fulfilling relationships. Read The Thrill of the Chaste and share it with your friends, your sisters, and - one day - your daughters. You'll be thrilled you did.
Eden fans may also enjoy Morse's essay, Love Is Justice: An Exploration into Mankind's Fundamental Nature
Hits One Out of the Park! Mar 9, 2007
Dawn Eden scores (and I mean that in the nicest possible way) a home run with her winning thoughts on living a chaste life in the real world.
In the tales of life lived before her commitment to chastity, she mixes the bitter with the sweet for a refreshingly honest look at how the world told her that the only way to true happiness was by baring her body at the expense of her soul.
No shrinking violet is Ms. Eden. Her "been there, done that, what next?" approach to her life then and her life now will leave you cheering and hopeful, and sometimes laughing right out loud.
Best line? "If you have to ask someone if he'll still love you tomorrow, then he doesn't love you tonight."
Bravo, Dawn! You're a winner in my book!
Old, tired, act we've all seen before Mar 3, 2007
Thanks, "Dawn" for delivering yet another narrow conservative so-called "Christian" screed instructing others to do what few if any conservatives actually do, while the faithful, no doubt at the urging of their conservative clergymen, talk radio hosts, and the like, march in lockstep to once again deliver uniformly over-the-top praise and the highest ratings. We've seen this scam played out over and over again whenever they want to boost another "wingnut welfare" receipients's cred. Who's falling for this? Fewer people all the time.
The Beauty of This Truth Lies in Its Candor Feb 9, 2007
I read "The thrill of the Chaste" and as I did, I became increasingly uncomfortable.
Dawn has taken on popular opinion that was adopted by Baby Boomers, then Generation X, then Generation Y, and now into the future - an opinion that is based in moral relativism and a mentality that we all need to be "true" to ourselves. Popular culture has told us that we are free! from outdated rules and that we can now "explore" our sexuality without fear of the guilt that plagued our mothers and grandmothers.
However, what we find in Dawn's work is that the empirical data does not bear this out. While some may be free of the guilt, we are not free from the consequences and the ultimate irony is met - in "making love" to gain love we instead find no love.
Of course, what makes it uncomfortable to read "The Thrill of the Chaste" is to see that we were never "making love" and gaining that intimacy women want by jumping into bed. There was no freedom at all - rather, there is enslavement to desperation, cynicism, and objectification.
My own discomfort was in recognizing a younger version of myself who, thankfully, came to the realization that such behavior was destructive and followed a course in line with Dawn. Because of that, I am a happier person. I enjoy a strong marriage. I have two great kids. I enjoy a freedom from doubt that my man loves me, from fear of an STD, and loneliness exacerbated by a feeling that I am unloveable.
But there is discomfort all the same, since the popular opinion under attack by Dawn remains, indeed, popular. Now I have to worry about my children and its influence on them. There are friends I see who are following that destructive course.
Thank God for women like Dawn Eden who are not afraid to speak the truth. This book depicts an ugly landscape in the dating scene of New York City, but it also provides a beacon by which a person can travel through the muck and mire and come out with dignity and integrity intact. If you know someone who might be making that trip - a high schooler, a young person off to college, someone coming out of a marriage after a divorce, or even someone who may need to gain an understanding of the "dating scene" and pressures it brings (e.g., counselor, clergy, parent) - give them this book.
Not the Same Old Message Jan 11, 2007
Dawn Eden has taken a bold step in proclaiming a message that runs smack against the popular morays of our day. She provides a different course of action for life that is not the staid, dusty format of so many books on the topic. She is edgy, current, and brutally honest about herself. This is for serious people looking for a serious way of living. I would not recommend this for young readers.