Publisher: Ave Maria Press (2014)
eARC (120 pages)
Reading Challenges: Read 2014
In 2012, journalist Arleen Spenceley outed herself as a twenty-six-year-old virgin in a Tampa Bay Times op-ed that went viral. In Chastity Is for Lovers, Spenceley expands on that piece, advocating Catholic teaching on sex and marriage with candor and humor, and without judgment.
In her debut book, seasoned journalist and self-professed "happy virgin" Arleen Spenceley offers a mature, funny, and relatable vision of Catholic teaching on chastity for young adults. Chastity Is for Lovers provides perspective on a variety of topics—the difference between chastity and abstinence, how virginity is an affirming and valuable life choice, how the word "purity" can be harmful in ministry settings, how to date well, and why sexual self-control is the best form of marriage preparation—and gives single adults the best possible chance to find true love. She carefully avoids using language that shames readers and instead presents a view of chastity that is joyful and positive.
This is a book I had heard about once before I found it on NetGalley. I requested it and read it in two days. Thanks, Ave Maria Press!
Take a look at the publication date. The feast of Saint Catherine Labouré! And the publisher is Ave Maria Press. From that alone, I knew I would like this book.
So, what is it really about?
Early in the book, Arleen Spenceley states the purpose of this book, what it is really about. She writes the following:
I love this book. It is not a long book but it is packed with great information. It makes Catholic teaching on chastity (as well as birth control, love and sex) more understandable to the average lay person. This is a book that I am seriously considering (meaning: I probably will get) as a gift for my younger sister. I know that, the way this book is written, she will be able to understand it and apply it to her life.
I received this book for free via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.