Is There Really Sex After Kids?: A Mom-to-Mom Chat on Keeping Intimacy Alive

Savage, Jill. Is There Really Sex After Kids?: A Mom-to-Mom Chat on Keeping Intimacy Alive. Zondervan. 2003. c.240p. ISBN 0-310-23743-2. pap. $12.99. SELF-HELP

Savage (coauthor, Professionalizing Motherhood) answers the titular question with an enthusiastic “yes!” noting that “intimacy begins with a nonsexual relationship.” She argues that communication and mutual consideration are key for couples, addressing obstacles to intimacy (e.g., poor conflict-resolution skills, confusion about the wife/mom role) and proposing practical tools for overcoming them both outside the bedroom (date night) and inside (Christian sex clothes!). Married sex is powerfully described as a “form of recreation” a “beautiful playground” waiting to be explored, and a gift from God. A good book inspired by the Good Book, this well-organized and clear guide has sections for reflecting and filling in blanks. Consider Michele Weiner Davis’s The Sex-Starved Marriage: A Couple’s Guide to Boosting Their Marriage Libido for a secular take. Highly recommended for large public libraries and collections serving Christian audiences.

This review appeared in 128.9 (May 15, 2003): p109; the galley was shredded and recycled on May 10, 2012.

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