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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 Moor Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 this new book by Thomas Moore regards sex as an experience of the soul and emphasizes the themes of fantasy, desire, meaning, and morality. In The Soul of Sex, Moore turns especially to religion, mythology, literature, 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 not only as literal lifestyles, and presents them as a means of developing a sensuous spirituality.

The Soul of Sex also establishes the principle that one can’t have a fully satisfying sex life in a world that is asexual and antierotic. Thomas Moore recommends many ways in which society could tone down its moralism and create a public life that is erotic, one that affirms desire and pleasure. He sees widespread attention to sex in the media as a symptom of our failure to find a positive place for sex in the culture, and he spells out an Epicurean way of life in which the simple, deep pleasures of good food, friends, family, home, and intimacy with nature provide an appropriate erotic base for a fulfilling sex life.

This is a book for any individual of any 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, appropriate emotional complexity, civility, and comfort. Moore argues that sex should be at the center of life and at the top of our priorities and if we don’t give sex its due, it will haunt and consume us. But when sex has a soul, deep pleasure and meaning find a common home, and in that sense this book is a sex manual for the soul.

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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.” 


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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... "

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