The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex: (And You Thought Bad Girls Have All the Fun)
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The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex: (And You Thought Bad Girls Have All the Fun)

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Do bad girls really have more fun? Surveys say no. The women who are most likely to enjoy sex are married and religious. In other words, they re Good Girls! But good girls know that making sex great isn t about acting trashy. It s about recognizing what God really designed sex for, and then learning how to reap all these benefits and joyfully enjoy your husband. Frank and...more
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Published March 2012 by Zondervan (first published 2012)
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Laura
You would think that after 30 years of marriage I would not be shocked about sex. You would think I would "know enough" or "know it all". I mean, how many ways can you do it anyway? Forget I said that, because Sheila Wray Gregoire the author of The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex will not only tell you the many ways, she will tell them in very descriptive detail. I am over 50 years old and I was blushing as I read this book! However, at the same time I was laughing my head off at her humorous way...more
Mickalene
I picked up this book on a recommendation, but wasn't too sure about it until I realized it was written from a Christian perspective. She states very clearly that the sexual relationship is one that should be kept within marriage, but was also kind to those that may have had some sexual history before marriage, even if it was with their now-husband. This is not a "clinical" book about sex (for that see Act of Marriage by LaHaye), but rather an attempt to help women (and probably men) understand...more
Bill Tillman
Over the years I have seen many marriage books, yet Good Girls Guide to Great Sex stands alone. The insights from Gregoire are life altering, carefully researched and verified. From those who are about to be engaged to married life in your 70's this book has some precious to impart. I especially like the division of body, mind and spirit through the lens of a believer. It starts out slow laying fundamental groundwork by exploring the Christian mindset toward sex and builds from there.

Nothing is...more
Lori Lynn
My husband bought this book for me right before we got married (5/19/2012). I read this on our honeymoon and loved it. Before we got married I read The Act of Marriage and really enjoyed it but did find some parts a little outdated (mind you, I read the 1970's edition). I really really really love this book!!!! I don't 100% agree with everything in it, but overall I do. I would recommend this to any woman soon to be married, already married, or even just a woman who is mature enough to properly...more
Kate
Amazing book on marriage and sex and all that goes along with them! Sheila is passionate about marriage and passionate that God has a very good plan for sex within marriage! Whether you are engaged or married, this is a book you should read! If you struggle with sex in any way, read this book! God's design for sex is beautiful and a mystery at times, but it is worth learning more and drawing near to your husband! This is a must read for all wives!!
Caitlin
An okay book from a conservative Christian perspective...however, it comes from a mindset that women naturally hate sex, which really was a turn-off for me as a reader. Would recommend to women struggling with sex within a marriage, but not for newly or nearly-weds, as it puts forth an attitude that it's normal and expected to dislike sex and be uncomfortable with it.
Lydia
A great Christian Lady who can help a girl out. I've read other books by Sheila and really respect her wisdom, so I decided to give this a go. This is a good book for any Christian woman who wants to learn more about sex than a basic, tight lipped run down of the functionality, with out sleeping around to try and "Figure it out", and with out wacky haze of Hollywood's "Normal". A funny, laid back book that makes a potentially awkward subject... far less awkward. Would definitely reccomend it to...more
Mrsinserra
I decided to read the ARC of The Good Girls Guide to Great Sex to see if it would be a good reference for when my husband, an Episcopal Priest, and I to use for part of our premarital counseling. Most of the book, I would say, is very useful. The section describing what sex is in detail for women or men who were virgins when they were marrying was really good. It answered a lot of questions that one might have, in a spiritual way, as well as a physical way. I enjoyed reading about how men feel a...more
Margie
The principles Gregoire shares are definitely useful and good rules of thumb for better spousal relations, but I don't necessarily appreciate or agree with her militant view that frequent marital sex is required or else you're sinning in your marriage. My view of the references to marital relations in the scriptures is that they should be viewed as a advice and not doctrine or that the apostles actually had time to elaborate on how often or how graphically a couple should have sex. I think it's...more
Lisa Marie
"Getting the physical side of marriage right may take some work, but it's a fun kind of work. And with the right attitude, we women can become the happiest wives who are married to the most satisfied husbands. That's what God wants for us, and that's what He'll help you do once you start getting excited about it. So jump in!"

Although the title might make you think this book is about ways to have great sex, in reality, this book is a no-holds-barred, frank, open, and honest look at the Christian...more
Iola
In 1993, when I got engaged, a friend gave me a copy of the 1973 edition of The Act of Marriage, a Christian classic of its kind. It was hopelessly outdated even then, so I was intrigued when I came across this title, A Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex, to see if it was any more relevant.

It is.

The author is very open about the ups and downs of her own relationship, and these stories are enhanced by quotes from some of the hundreds of women (and men) she surveyed as part of her research. Her studi...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Sheila Wray Gregoire has written a book that is sure to bless women from all walks of life! Candidly written, full of humour, and thoroughly practical, "The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex" is a welcome addition to the world of literature dealing with sex, love, and marriage. There are many things to appreciate about this book, from the Biblical basis that the advice and guidance is given from, to the statistics that have been woven into the pages. An especially neat addition to the book is the n...more
Yvonne
Okay, at first, I was really scandalized that Zondervan, the Christian book and Bible publisher, was releasing a book like this. But, after the shock was gone, I was curious how they'd pull this off. Was it really a guide or more of an improve your relationship/advice book?

Turns out, it's a little bit of both and it's tastefully done. Part of it is a guide for soon-to-be-married or newly-wed, inexperienced Christian gals. Part of it focuses on relationship and physical issues that may arise year...more
Maxie
The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex by Sheila Wray Gregoire

What an informative and spiritually grounded book. The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex written by Ms.Gregoire puts to rest many misconceptions many “Good Girls” have about having great sex and that only Bad Girls have wonderful mind-blowing sex lives. Ms.Gregoire information is researched based and backed up with Scripture. I found many of Ms. Gregoire statements to be true as I sat back and analyzed all of the information I heard and disc...more
Olga
I really enjoyed reading this book, although generally speaking it is a bit embarrassing to be admitting to have read a book on this subject, it is MORE important to carry on the message that this book s NOT an instruction to sex itself rather what God meant for sex to be, the connections between physical, emotional and spiritual state with your husband. Granted not everyone will agree with everything, and every marriage is different, but the main point of this is vitally important! I think that...more
D.M. Webb
Scandalized by the title?
Wondering if this is a book about positions?
You shouldn't be scandalized, and Gregoire does a wonderful job showing how sex within marriage is designed by God to be "fun" and to be a physical representation of our relationship with Him.
In marriage, the man and the woman do become one and sex is an extension of that intimacy. Sex is not a "dirty" word, and it is not a "dirty" act.
Thorough research and countless interviews helps support this statement.
And yes, she will tak...more
Amanda Stackis
While the book doesn't go into great detail about actual sexual practice it does cover the basics and admonish each couple to take their time exploring each other and learning what one does and does not like. It gives me a little more hope for my marriage knowing that it takes quite awhile to fall into a groove with your spouse, and it was surprising yet comforting to hear from many of the respondents who've said that it gets better over time, a lot of time, sometimes ten years or more. I apprec...more
alesha cranskahw
The good girls guide to great sex

I would recommended this book to young ladies that is getting married or who has already been married. I have been married for a year and half and this book has help me out so much. It really has changed the way I looked at things and how I feel about sex.
Krista
Really well-written, from a perspective of faith. There were some new and enlightening insights into a very practical and symbolic relationship. Glad someone recommended it!
Debra Ham
Jun 03, 2013 Debra Ham rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those with an open mind
Listened to the audiobook. I enjoyed the author's honest, tasteful & candid approach. The book is biblically based, yet the Gregoire offered a real perspective regarding sex and marriage, things that are sometimes not spoken of in/by churches. I also like that she gave practical tips. My husband listened to parts of the book with me & gave "Yay/nay" affirmation to the tips. Although I've been married for 9+ yrs, I think that I still learned some new things not necessarily about sex, but...more
Candi
Great book for women of all ages. I bought it before marrying my husband a year and a half ago and just finished it!
Melissa
Even though I don't 100% love everything about this book, it deserved five stars. Sheila Wray Gregoire made it plan, simple and straightforward. She tells us women what we need to hear and makes us take responsibility for our marriage. She explains things like birth control, anatomy and premarital relations - whether intended or from abuse. I give her two thumbs up for saying what needed to be said but hasn't been said. Even though we have an awesome marriage, I saw things that I can improve on...more
Julie
Just going by the title, I did not expect this to be a Christian book. It was a pleasant surprise. And there were some good tips in there on how to make sex exciting and fun, etc. But the fact that I have to give my husband sex whenever he wants it, got me a little irritated. I know sex is important to a marraige, but 3-4 times a week? I'm not sure that is entrirely realistic. I think the part I also had trouble with is that whenever he wants it, I'm just supposed to be his little toy? But I hav...more
Maddy
I think the is the best book on the subject I've read so far. Just like other reviewers, I read The Act of Marriage before I got married, but it had a hard time taking advice from such old people. This book was updated, fresh and sensitive. I love the advice she has for all kinds of intimacy problems that arise in marriage. I don't agree with everything she says, but the way she goes about her advice and her "do what you're comfortable with" attitude made a great combination. I highly recommend...more
Jennifer Claypoole
Wonderful ways to improve your marriage.well worth my time.
Angela Manning
Great advice!!!!

If you are having problems in your sex life I highly recommend this book. It opened my mind into a new way of thinking!!!!
Ellen
I thought this was a well written book about married sex. It talked about how sex is more than just physical and is really about your whole relationship. I really liked how she talked about how men and women have a different approach and that it's ok and good that we see sex differently and how important it is to understand the other person's point of view. And it was funny to boot.

There was a part comparing our relationship with our husband to our relationship with God and that part didn't sit...more
Amanda
Am I embarrassed to be rating a sex book? Why, yes, I am. But this is the best Christian guide to sexuality and intimacy I've ever read - and I thought I'd given up on the trite "just give it to him" Christian sex genre. She covers everything from building your friendship to the nitty-gritty mechanics and focuses on intimacy, sexual and otherwise. Really well done. My only complaint is the "good girl" schtick, which is annoying. But substitute "Christine wife" and you'll feel better. I did, anyh...more
Resa
An excellent book, kind of like meeting with a therapist to hash out a lot of the "whys"...physical to emotional to spiritual...surrounding sex as a married, Christian woman. Would be an excellent gift for an engaged woman as there are some things discussed that the rest of us perhaps take years to figure out.
Danielle
This is by far the best Christian-based book on sex I have read. I highly recommend it to... well... any married couple who likes to have sex.

If you have any specific questions on my thoughts, feel free to message me privately. I'd rather not get into public detail about why I really liked this book... ;)
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Sheila Wray Gregoire is a syndicated parenting columnist and a popular speaker. The author of six books, including The Good Girl's Guide to Great Sex, with more on the way, she loves encouraging women to forget about the dust bunnies under their beds and keep their focus on Jesus! She also has a passion for family, and together with her husband Keith speaks at Family Life marriage conferences arou...more
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