According to the National Institutes of Health, about three percent of Americans wait until marriage to have sex. If it were up to Lindsay Marsh Warren, MD, author of The Best Sex of My Life: Confession of a Sexual Purity Revolution, this number would multiply exponentially.
Warren, an anesthesiologist and virgin until marriage (although she admits to “masturbation, humping, ‘bumpin and grindin’” before tying the knot at age 30), is steadfast in her zeal to convince couples to hold off any sexual pleasure until they’re wed. The reward she promises is twofold: please God and pump up sexual pleasure – eventually.
You can’t argue with the author’s zeal and devotion. She’s not only a physician, but also a minister, the CEO of a clothing line promoting sexual purity, and a lecturer on the subject of abstinence. She has previously written The Best Sex of My Life: A Guide to Purity.
Not surprisingly, Warren is biblically well-versed. She cites numerous references to help convince readers to stay chaste, among them: “Pursue sexual purity” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8); “Guard your heart” (Proverbs 4:20-23); and “Flee sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18). Devout readers will probably recognize these citations and perhaps have less difficulty adhering to their message. For those less inclined, Warren tries a different tack. The second half of her book offers “Confessions” from those who either waited until marriage or learned from their mistakes and “re-virginized.” As Warren explains, these “are the experiences of those who are willing to share their personal setbacks… as well as their triumphs, healing and restoration.”
For those who won’t be convinced by Warren’s arguments or those of her converts, the book still remains an organized, grammatically sound and heartfelt plea. Whether you say “I do” to the “dirty” deed before your nuptials – or take a rain check until after the wedding — you’ve got to give the author credit for wholly trying to bring you to her side.
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