Book Review: The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition)

J.R. Baldwin

J.R. Baldwin

J.R. Baldwin is the Editor-in-chief at Ignitum Today. A former statehouse reporter, she teaches history for a classical school and writes for The Imaginative Conservative. She blogs at The Corner With A View, and tweets from @thejulieview. A Midwesterner by birth, she lives out East with her husband and bebes.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition)”

  1. Theresa Williams

    I read this book before there was an updated Catholic version and it touched me so deeply. I littered the pages with notes, many being, “Yes! Finally in words how I feel!” I cannot wait to read the updated version. I’ve also read My Peace I Give You and it is incredibly beautiful. Two much more than worthwhile books.

  2. In my experience as a male, as I got older and the hormones raged slightly less furiously, chastity helped me to see each woman, primarily, as a whole person, rather than as an aggregation of anatomical parts making this or that sexual impression on me – and here’s the thing.. it made for wonderfully enriching experiences for me. Had I been brought up a Catholic, I think I would have grown into chastity naturally/(supernaturally).

    Less under the blackjack of testosterone, I think women generally tend to have that kind of spiritually-heightened appreciation of the opposite sex, the beauty of ‘la difference’ somehow being enhanced. So, priests don’t all together miss out in that regard, imo. Quite the contrary, even though a real sacrifice, nevertheless.

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