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Book Review – Chastity Is For Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin

Ave Maria Press recently gave me the opportunity to read and review Arleen Spenceley’s  Chastity Is for Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin.  I was given the book free of charge, but the opinions in my review are 100% my own:

 

Arleen Spenceley was a journalist for the Tampa Bay Times when, in 2012, she “outed” herself as a 26-year-old virgin in an op-ed that went viral.  Chastity Is For Lovers tells that story (and so many others), while inviting young people to discover the meaning of chastity in our universal call to love.

I was intrigued to read Spenceley’s book not only because I am a sucker for chastity books but also because it sounds like the beginning of a romantic comedy (another thing I can’t resist).  Young spunky journalist writes op-ed about being a virgin and is caught in the midst of a media frenzy—hilarity ensues.

Chastity Is For Lovers did not disappoint, and Spenceley’s unique voice and style of storytelling was a refreshing change of pace on a topic that can often feel over-saturated with voices merely repeating one another.

The risk of a chastity book written by a self-professed “happy virgin” is of course that it has the potential to come off as prideful or judgmental to those who have walked a different path.  Or, to compensate for this fear, often those who preach chastity are so afraid of coming off as judgmental that they end up all but apologizing for their virginity. But Chastity Is For Lovers succumbs to neither of these pitfalls.  Spenceley is bold enough to be authentically herself—neither apologizing for her virginity nor boasting of it.  And it pays off.

All in all, Chastity Is For Lovers is a solid book on the Christian virtue of chastity that I would definitely recommend for young Catholics of dating age, or anyone looking for encouragement in navigating the world of dating.

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My New Book is Available Today!

I just recently finished putting together a book that’s a compilation of some of what I think are the best posts from this blog.

It’s called, Letters From A Young Catholic, and you can buy it on Amazon:

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Here’s the Description:

From the creator of the popular young adult blog, YoungAndCatholic.net, Letters From A Young Catholic is a practical guide for any young Catholic seeking to live out his or her faith in the world today.

Letters From A Young Catholic is a compilation of the best blog posts from YoungAndCatholic.net.  It was put together with the intention of helping the reader grow in relationship with Christ, while gaining confidence to live out the Catholic faith in daily life.This would make an excellent Confirmation gift, or a great book to give to Catholic young adults in high school or college!  Check it out and spread the word 🙂

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