My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is expensive, the plot is so-so and predictable, the character development is fitting for a child's fairy tale (the good are very good and the bad are very bad), and there are numerous, long, and repetitive passages of dubious theology. The language is terrible and the book contains explicit sexual scenes. It is not available for Kindle. The book contains a music CD with 6 tracks on it which is OK, but obviously contributes to the cost.
So why five stars? Simply because this book is the best book I have ever read on the spirituality of sex within a Christian framework. I wish I had wrote it, flaws and all. The spirituality closely parallels my personal beliefs, although perhaps a bit more steeped in Christianity than I am. Do not construe that to mean this is Christian literature, it is not. It is about a stripper who believes in the holiness of the body, the sacredness of sex, and the spiritual power of women. It is not a goody-goody book extolling the virtues of the Wednesday Night Women's Bible Study. It is a very spiritual book trying to hitch a ride on a novel with some limited success. I won't be suggesting this title at my book club.
To whom would I recommend this book? Only close friends that I know and trust are open minded enough to intelligently handle the theology. I can count them on one hand. This book would piss off most of the Christians I know, "why did you recommend that blasphemous filth to me?" And it would probably piss off most the atheists "Now you simpleton's are trying to take over sex with your fairy tales." So not desiring to be burnt at the stake by some of my friends or thrown in the loony bin by the others, I respectfully recommend this book to no one. Unfortunately both those groups are people who would benefit from this book the most, but a closed mind is a terrible thing to engage.
Well most people who read this review are not my friends. So as a generalization here are my recommendations.
If your religious beliefs have taught you that sex is sinful and you righteously agree with that notion...don't read this book. Pure blasphemy.
If your religious beliefs have taught you that sex is sinful and you suspect that you are being manipulated by the word of man, this book may just convince you that your suspicions are correct...sex isn't sinful, the power mongers in your religion are afraid of it. But be forewarned, this is rough sledding for the dainty and proper.
If you gave up on God because you didn't like people wearing clerical collars snooping around in your bedroom, you may find this book enlightening, again rough sledding for the dainty and proper.
If your personal belief is that sex is one of God's gifts to mankind, you will probably find this book a delightful review albeit perhaps a bit on the seedy side of things. The author is far more casual about casual sex than I am, and while I am certainly no stranger to the usage of the f-word, it is not a word that I use for the sacrament that my wife and I celebrate in our bed.
If you don't give a damn about sex in one fashion or another and are just looking for a good novel, well I think you will be disappointed. As novels go, I would rate it 3 stars. Too much damned pontificating on the spirituality of sex for a good novel. Oh yes, lovely cover art, although I am not big on tattoos.
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