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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Sex Book For LDS Couples Becomes Best Seller
KSL-TV5 Salt Lake City UT 18May00 A4

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- A new book on sexuality for LDS couples is selling almost as well as President Hinckley's "Standing for Something," according to some Utah retailers. "Between Husband and Wife: Gospel Perspectives on Marital Intimacy" has nearly sold through its first printing of 7,000 copies in about a month, according to book publisher Covenant Communications, the publisher. And the authors attribute its success to the fact that it covers a subject that has been considered somewhat taboo among LDS Church members.

The book was written by BYU professor Douglas E. Brinley and Salt Lake Gynecologist Stephen E. Lamb and covers physical intimacy in a frank, upfront way. The book contains no pictures, but does clear-up issues of sex by confronting sexual intimacy act for act. Both authors have written on the topic before, Brinley, who is a professor of Church History and Doctrine at BYU, has recorded talk tapes on the subject, including "after the Honeymoon ... and Forever" and "Marital Relationships Seminar." Lamb has authored a book on sexual purity and is a popular speaker on the subject.

Lamb says that the book serves an important need among LDS couples. "Because there is a lack of information about intimacy within an LDS marriage," says Lamb, "many couples turn to secular sources to seek out answers. Church members have questions about intimacy, and they should be answered appropriately, not as the world would answer, but as the Lord would answer."

The book addresses the myth sometimes expressed among Church members that sexual intimacy is only for procreation. The introduction quotes the LDS Church's Church Handbook of Instructions as saying that sexual intimacy is also a "means of expressing love and strengthening emotional and spiritual bonds between husband and wife."

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