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By Deseret Book News Release
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Intimacy and Spirituality Lost

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- In times of stress like economic hardship, world tragedy, and raising children in the world today, the first things to go in a marriage are intimacy and spirituality. Purity and Passion: Spiritual Truths about Intimacy That Will Strengthen Your Marriage (Bookcraft, $17.95) shows couples how to hold on to these ideas and strengthen them simultaneously.

Is it possible for marital intimacy and spirituality to co-exist? Author Wendy L. Watson says not only that "they can, but they should" in her new book Purity and Passion. Dr. Watson helps readers understand how eternal truths about sexual intimacy can clear away the obstacles and misconceptions that have plagued many couples who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It contains practical suggestions on how to show love, how to make positive changes in your marriage, and how to increase your marital intimacy-providing wonderful opportunities for discussion and action.

"I believe that as couples come closer to the Savior, they can experience more joy and power and peace and comfort and light and love and truth in their marriages," she writes. "Indeed, I believe that as husbands and wives increase their personal purity-laying down impurities such as anger, unrighteous dominion, resentment, unforgiveness, pride, dishonesty, and blatant sin-there will be enough and to spare of all they have been longing for within their marriages."

Dr. Watson discusses how the world's view about sexual intimacy actually prevent couples from enjoying it, how changing a couple's perspective about love and sex can draw them closer to each other and the Lord, and how they can find greater love, peace and joy in their marriages than ever before.

An experienced marriage and family therapist for more than 25 years, Dr. Watson brings to Purity and Passion insights that will help every couple find greater marital happiness and satisfaction in these times of stress.

About the Author Wendy L. Watson holds a Ph.D. in family therapy and gerontology and is a professor of marriage and family therapy in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University. With a rich professional background also as a nurse and a psychologist, Dr. Watson has worked as a marriage and family therapist for more than 25 years, and has spent two decades teaching, researching, writing, supervising, and consulting in that field, both nationally and internationally. A native of Raymond, Alberta, Canada, she lives in Salt Lake City.


Intimacy and Spirituality Lost
Deseret Book News Release 19Jan02 A2

See also:
Purity and Passion
More about "Purity and Passion: Three Truths About Love and Sex Every Husband and Wife Will Want to Know" by Wendy L. Watson at


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