The soul of sex : cultivating life as an act of love

by Thomas Moore

Book, 1998



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New York : HarperCollins, c1998.

Physical description

xiii, 307 p.; 25 cm

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A highly original approach from best selling author Thomas Moore, restoring sex to its rightful place in the human psyche as an experience of the soul.

In The Soul of Sex, Thomas Moore at last restores sex to its rightful place in the human psyche. Describing sex as an experience of the soul, Thomas Moore here brings out the fully human side of sex – the roles of fantasy, desire, meaning, and morality – and draws on religion, mythology art, literature, and film to show how sex is one of the most profound mysteries of life.

While finding spirituality inherent in sex, Moore also explores how spiritual values can sometimes wound our sexuality.

Blending rather than opposing spirituality and sexuality, The Soul of Sex offers a fresh, livable way of becoming more deeply sexual and loving in all areas of life.

User reviews

LibraryThing member commonvee
The best book on sex and sexuality I have ever read. Wonderfully comprehensive and holistic, this book describes sex as I truly believe it to be. A must read for anyone and everyone.
LibraryThing member Silvernfire
This isn't the best book to start with if you're not familiar with Thomas Moore's writings. Based on reading others' reviews, whatever many readers expect this book to be about when they start reading it, this isn't it. On the other hand, if you have read Moore before, you probably won't be surprised, but you may not find all that much that's new to you in here. Basically, Moore takes the general theme that runs through all his works—that we can add depth, richness, and meaning to our lives by taking care of the soul as well as the body and the spirit—and applies it to sex and the sensual.

Moore covers a wide variety of topics. Some are probably "expected" in a book on sex, like beauty, the sex organs, and morality. Although I found these chapters to be interesting as I read them, I'm not sure how long they'll stick with me. Other topics were more of a surprise, and because they were unexpected, I'm guessing I'll remember them for some time to come. For instance, Moore devotes a chapter to chastity and celibacy, not only discussing those chaste periods most of us go through, but also finding a spirit of celibacy in marriage. In other chapters, Moore looks at the eroticism (or lack thereof) in everyday things like roads and the workplace, or Epicureanism as a means of adding meaning to life. Of course, by this point, he's broadened the meaning of eroticism to include just about anything that involves desire and the sensual. This may annoy some readers as being too much of a catch-all approach; other readers will appreciate having a different way to look at these topics.
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LibraryThing member dbsovereign
Liked _Care of the Soul_ much better; this one doesn't have the same unity. Still, he provides insight for the naive.
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