Summarized by Kent Larsen
'Between Husband and Wife' Makes National News
SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Covenant Communications reports that its book
"Between Husband and Wife: Gospel Perspectives on Marital Intimacy" is
flying off the shelves, and even breifly beat out LDS Church President
Gordon B. Hinckley's book "Standing for Something," at Church-owned Deseret
Book stores. Covenant has had to go back to press twice, and has a total of
46,000 copies in print, just four months after the book was introduced.
The book is unique because it addresses intimacy without the elements that
sometimes turn-off a conservative audience. Author Dr. Stephen Lamb, a Salt
Lake City gynecologist, says, "In the past, when I had patients with
problems and they said, 'Where should I turn?' I would suggest the local
bookstore. But for those with fairly conservative values, as most Latter-day
Saints have, those kinds of texts are often offensive. Where does one draw
the line between a sex manual and pornography?"
The book was written by BYU professor Douglas E. Brinley and 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.
Now the sales have attracted the attention of the Associated Press' Hannah
Wolfson, and the story about the book has appeared in newspapers nationwide.
The AP article tells about LDS Church member Krystal Pease and her husband
who had success using the book to resolve most of the problems they faced in
their marriage. "We were able to resolve about 90 percent of problems we
were having in about a month's period," Pease said. "In fact the counselor
we were seeing saw our progress and told us we didn't need any more help.
Then he bought a copy of the book."
Mormon sex issues explored
San Jose CA Mercury News (AP) 30Jul00 A2
By Hannah Wolfson: Associated Press
Marital-intimacy book flying off shelves around the West