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
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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