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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (274 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thomas Moore Narrator: Thomas Moore Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780060893866
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In our age of science and psychology, it's tempting to think of human sexuality in terms of biology and interpersonal relationships. But in The Soul of Sex, Thomas Moore regards sex as an experience of the soul and emphasizes the more human themes of fantasy, desire, meaning, and morality. Moore turns especially to the religious traditions of the world, to rites, stories, and visual imagery that see in sex some of the most profound mysteries of life. He finds spirituality inherent in sex, and at the same time explores the many ways in which spiritual values can sometimes wound our sexuality. He recommends chastity and celibacy for everyone, as aspects of sexuality, and presents them as a means of developing a sensuous spirituality.

Moore also establishes the principle that one can't have a fully satisfying sex life in an asexual and anti-erotic world. He spells out an Epicurian way of life where the simple, deep pleasures of good food, friends, family, home and intimacy with nature provide an appropriate sensual base for a fulfilling sex life.

This is an audiobook for any individual, of whatever gender or lifestyle, who is trying to integrate sex into the rest of life. It is also a tool for couples, helping them to explore their sexuality with honesty, with appropriate emotional complexity, and with civility and comfort. Moore argues that sex should be at the center of life and at the top of our priorities, and if we don¹t give sex its due, it will haunt us and take us over. But when sex has soul, deep pleasure and meaning find a common home, and in that sense this audiobook is a sex manual for the soul.

Thomas Moore reads on two cassettes.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Moore writes about sex with depth and intelligence, blending mythological material with a caring, personal style…[He] understands that sex is juicy, radiant, wildly uncontrollable, and full of paradox.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “[Moore] makes fascinating, quotable reading of the way sex naturally entwines with spirituality in chastity as in the most passionate love affair. In Moore’s analysis, Jesus is epicurean in his love of life, and each of us can expand our vision of sexuality to include the energy that creates beauty and builds friendships and community.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Moore’s energizing, innovative, and accessible inquiry into the true nature of human sexuality, and our society’s reductive and unhealthy attitudes toward it, helps us envision a world in which eros is celebrated rather than condemned.” 

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 8/10/2013

    " Hard to get into, believe it or not. It has such a juicy title. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 5/22/2013

    " This book was very disappointing: just some guy's vague, random, disorganized musings on the topic of sex. I read about 30 pages, could not for the life of me figure out what his point was and gave up and quit reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 1/27/2013

    " Still haven't finished reading it... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J Ruth | 1/24/2012

    " The Soul of Sex is more than just "cultivating life as an act of love." It's a read for those who want to more intimately accept humanity's sexuality and love-drive. A beautiful book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Jackson | 9/5/2011

    " Lovely book with unique and unusual views on sex. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Parisienne | 4/27/2011

    " If you enjoy a classic exploration of the social, historical and spiritual aspects of sex then this book is for you! Stimulating and intellectually satisfying it makes for an introspective read. Goes great with dark chocolate haha! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 2/21/2011

    " Interesting approach, a bit of a stretch in the definition of sex. The main point of our culturally repressed sexuality is a good one with some thoughts on ameliorating it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maryanne | 9/29/2010

    " This is NOT a 'how to' book. Thomas Moore is much to romantic about love and life to...anger the Nimph of sex with an attempt to encapsulate such sacredness with mere words. Or so he might say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 9/10/2010

    " Lovely book with unique and unusual views on sex. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Parisienne | 6/13/2009

    " If you enjoy a classic exploration of the social, historical and spiritual aspects of sex then this book is for you! Stimulating and intellectually satisfying it makes for an introspective read. Goes great with dark chocolate haha! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rick | 1/15/2009

    " Interesting approach, a bit of a stretch in the definition of sex. The main point of our culturally repressed sexuality is a good one with some thoughts on ameliorating it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 8/28/2008

    " This book was very disappointing: just some guy's vague, random, disorganized musings on the topic of sex. I read about 30 pages, could not for the life of me figure out what his point was and gave up and quit reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 4/14/2008

    " Hard to get into, believe it or not. It has such a juicy title. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 7/21/2007

    " Still haven't finished reading it...

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About the Author

Thomas Moore is the author of more than ten books, including Care of the Soul, which spent forty-six weeks on the bestseller list. He is a leading writer and lecturer throughout North America and Europe on archetypal psychology, mythology, and imagination. He lived as a Catholic monk for twelve years and has degrees in theology, musicology, and philosophy.