Poorly timed as usual, religious publishers are busy ejaculating sex books of every stripe and denomination. Some of us suspect that the spate of these books is an act of desperation, to rescue the publishers and authors from financial crisis. Better they should write about money.
Let's just be clear about our assessment of this burst of sacred self-help sex manuals. When we want to learn how to play better golf, we buy a book by a golf pro, not a rabbi. To learn about any sport or other important activity we'd suggest one turn to professionals with actual credentials.
Here's the link to the review from PW ("In Religion Publishing, Sex Is Hot") and the list of what it covers:
- Dr. Les Parrott's Crazy Good Sex: Putting to Bed the Myths Men Have About Sex (Zondervan, May).
- Dr. Kevin Leman, Turn Up the Heat: A Couple's Guide to Sexual Intimacy (Revell, Mar.)
- Intended for Pleasure (Revell, 1997) by Ed and Gay Wheat
- Kiss Me Like You Mean It: Solomon's Crazy in Love How-To Manual by Dr. David Clarke (Revell, May)
- No More Headaches: Enjoying Sex and Intimacy in Marriage (Focus on the Family/Tyndale, Aug.) by Dr. Julianna Slattery.
- The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism (NYU Press, June), an anthology edited by Danya Ruttenberg
- Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible (NYU Press, Sept.) edited by Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser and David Shneer
- Dale S. Kuehne's Sex and the iWorld: Rethinking Relationship Beyond an Age of Individualism (Baker Academic, July)
- Dennis P. Hollinger's The Meaning of Sex: Christian Ethics and the Moral Life (Baker Academic, June)
- The Kosher Sutra by Shmuley Boteach
- Rabbi Shefa Gold's In the Fever of Love: An Illumination of the Song of Songs