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Doesn't Anyone Blush Anymore?: Reclaiming Intimacy, Modesty, and Sexuality
The central theme of this work is modesty. The author explains how modesty, often dismissed as irrelevant, can become a powerful tool for forming lasting relationships. This book attempts to redirect our thinking about sexuality and refocus our ideas about intimacy.
Hardcover, 114 pages
Published by Harpercollins
(first published 1990)
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You don't have to be Orthodox to appreciate the sound Torah-based wisdom here. Friedman explains the traditional Jewish ways of intimacy and sexuality that are meant to deepen love and trust between partners. He does this through telling stories that cover the spectrum of life experience, from teenagers who are trying to figure out how far to go .... to married couples who want to bring back the spark of intimacy to their lives. Friedman assures us that commitment to a spiritual life means that ...more
"A wonderful book about accepting and valuing one's spouse. If nothing else, the reader can come away realizing that not only can one not change others, but that it is a violation of the spouse's identity and dignity for us to try to change them, as opposed to simply accepting them as they are and supporting their personal growth. Any marriage within any faith could be strengthened by reading this brief, insightful book."
I had to remind myself as I was reading it that this book is written by a very traditional Jewish Rabbi, because it's a gender nightmare. He talks for chapters upon chapters about the importance of respect in relationships and then insists that only men need respect; that women only need love. I am a feminist so I'm sure as you read this you're hearing me scream "WTF?" His message was respect is pivotal but is only for men. A woman's job is to accept love and give love, nothing more.
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I give this book five stars for originality. The thinking of Mr. Friedman is so traditional and old that it becomes new and radical in his hands. Not that the book doesn't have problems, I would love to edit it and make it better than it is, but still, it contains many nuggets of wisdom that you are not going to hear on Oprah, or even from Dear Sugar. Not just nuggets, whole piles of wisdom nuggets. I read this book because Bob Dylan recommended it. I can see why Dylan, with his vast amount of e ...more
I enjoyed and and learnt a lot from this book. I was able to appreciate the values and lessons this book contains even though I am not a believer myself. A worthwhile read and helpful in understanding, with the purpose of regaining, modesty and intimacy in sexuality.
World-renowned author, counselor, lecturer and philosopher, Rabbi Manis Friedman uses ancient wisdom and modern wit as he captivates audiences around the country and around the world. He hosts his own critically acclaimed cable television series, Torah Forum with Manis Friedman, syndicated throughout North America. Over 150,000 copies of his provocative yet entertaining tapes, both audio and video ...moreMore about Manis Friedman...
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“It's like the old question, "Do you lock your house to keep people out, or to protect what's inside?" Should a person act modestly and dress modestly in order to prevent intrusion from the outside, undesirable things from happening, or to preserve and maintain what is inside: the delicate and sensitive ability to have and maintain an intimate relationship.”
“Our emotions can be either corrupted or elevated. Human love was not created to be without premeditated purpose.”More quotes…