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Between Husband & Wife

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  977 ratings  ·  126 reviews
Marriage, as ordained by a loving Father in Heaven, brings two souls together on the path toward His presence. And the special intimacy that can exist between a righteous husband and wife serves to ennoble and enhance their union. But for too many, intimacy can become a source of guilt, frustration, and even conflict.

President Spencer W. Kimball stated, "If you study the d
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Hardcover, 202 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Covenant Communications (first published February 2000)
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Kimberly
Sexual intimacy treated delicately and sacredly from a gospel perspective. That said, this is not the typical "diluted" treatment of the subject that previous well-meaning authors have penned. Lamb & Brinley present the subject of sexual intimacy in a forthright, matter-of-fact, and fairly explicit manner. It is an accurate and pretty thorough treatment of the subject from both an emotional/psychological as well as a medical/anatomical perspective. I routinely recommend this book to my marri ...more
Jeffrey
Something every couple needs to read . . . and then some. It's amazing to me that people can get married without any prerequisits. Even for a driver's license you need to study and take a written and driver's exam. Getting married requires . . . well, just filling out a form. Wow! And we wonder why the divorce rate is above 50%. Something so essential is left so much up to chance and, mostly, ignorance. How can one succeed in marriage based on mere sexual attraction? It doesn't happen. It requir ...more
Laura
This may be the best book out there on the subject of intimacy in marriage. It goes over common problems in the different stages of marriage (honeymoon, middle age, later years, etc.) and how to overcome these problems. It also answers some frequently asked questions. My favorite thing about this book is that it is given from a gospel perspective a perspective that sexual relations within marriage are a beautiful and essential part of the marriage relationship given to us by God to strengthen ma ...more
Megan
Justin and I read this together before we got married. It mean sooo much more now of course, but it was a wonderful way to open up conversation after we got married and help bring us together. Every married couple should definately read. I believe in it all! Since we read it all the way through we will go back and read parts all the time.
Becky
Sep 15, 2008 Becky rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Almost everyone
Recommended to Becky by: Elizabeth
I'd recommend the first 4 or 5 chapters of this book to EVERYONE. Especially people who are married or want to be married. The attention it gives to focusing on WHY people are married, and that we are literal children of God, and that we will create children in heaven is what I loved most. Being reminded of that perspective on the purpose of sex, instead of a purely physical one, is so helpful. And the book doesn't just give you the info like in a Sunday school lesson; it has a much deeper, hone ...more
Jon
As a preface, the only people who will like this book are those who are LDS or people who were told all their lives that sex is bad and then all of the sudden they are married. This is a great book to read when you are engaged. My wife and I enjoyed reading it together and we are glad that we waited just a few weeks before our marriage to actually read it. My wife and I have been married for 6 years and I recently rediscovered this book in our storage area. I went through and re-read many parts ...more
Camille Baird
This is a very informative, complete book on sexuality without being too intense or explicit. It is just that.. a book on intimacy rather than just having sex. It deals with attitudes towards sexual relations, differing drives, information, misinformation and outside factors that might effect your intimate relations and much more.
Communication is key and understanding the difference between mens and womens view and place for intimacy is discussed at length. I would recommend this book to young
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Britta
"No man receives the fulness of the priesthood without a woman at his side. For no man, the prophet [Joseph Smith] said, can obtain the fulness of the priesthood outside the temple of the Lord (D&C 131:1-4). And she is there beside him in that sacred place. She shares in all that he receives. The man and the woman individually receive the ordinances encompassed in the endowment. But the man cannot ascend to the highest ordinances - the sealing ordinances - without her at his side. No man ach ...more
Colette
I read this book for a human sexuality course and I am very glad that I did. It is a very well-written book for LDS couples to get a balanced view on sex. Too many LDS couples are indoctrinated that sex is bad and then have struggles once they are married to have a fulfilling sex life. It ties in doctrinal principles with medical knowledge and it flows together well. It also provides sound principles about marriage in general (and not just sex), such as having good communication and being compan ...more
Andralynn
I thought this was a very well-written book about a subject that seems to make a lot of LDS people uncomfortable. The explanations about sex in marriage aren't graphic, but they are straightforward. This was a very tactful approach to the subject of sex in marriage from the LDS perspective. The authors focused a lot on how sex is a good thing in marriage and that it is condoned of God.

I read this with my fiance in the month leading up to our marriage, and it was incredibly helpful. While we had
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Tia
Jan 29, 2008 Tia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Married individuals
This seems to be a pretty good, gospel-based book on the subject of intimacy (emotional as well as physical) in a marriage and I would recommend it to any married individual or couple that needed a book on the topic. My absolute favorite thing about this book, however, is the very first chapter, as it discusses the eternal nature of marriage and family, what an incredible gift procreation is, and the nature of having children in the eternities. I give that first chapter five stars and think ever ...more
Aubri
So the first time I read this book I didn't think it was super great but it was good to understand some things from a gospel perspective. Our stake president had Stephen E. Lamb come and do a special fireside for couples married less than 10 years. It was FABULOUS. The book didn't seem to have any of the comedy and straight talk that Bro. Lamb had in presenting it. It was fantastic and everyone there had a great time. People who have been married more than 10 years would've loved it too.

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Michele
This is one of my least favorite books of all time. For one, there needs to be way more discussion on consent. So many things I hated about this book. It's one of two books I've ever recycled. I didn't want to risk the chance that any one else to pick it up and read it.
Camille
Picked up this book because my oldest has a lot of questions about sex (friends at school are talking about it) and I wanted to give him gospel-oriented information. This is a great book and I recommend it to all married couples, newlywed, or not. It has helped me to answer his questions better - keeping this topic open in our house - rather than tabu, like when I grew up. The authors were open, honest, and educationally knowledgable with a subject often left to the media to portray (very incorr ...more
Jeanne
A great book to read before marriage. (My friend's brother wrote this and that's how I learned about it).
Cassandra
OK, this is the perfect book for an engaged couple to read together before their wedding. It addresses (very tastefully and respectfully) a spectrum of issues and questions that two people should discuss before they dive into marriage. Men and women go into marriage with very different ideas and expectations about love/intimacy, and so by reading it during an engagement, a couple is better able to see marriage from the other gender's point of view and have a clear idea of what to expect. My husb ...more
Katie
I started reading this book when I was engaged, and just finished it a year and a half later. It's a good book, though. I would recommend it to engaged couples within the last few weeks of their engagement. Intimacy can be something that is looked upon as degrading and ugly because of the way the world portrays it. And it's hard to find a good, wholesome book to read before you take that important step in your life. This gives you what you need to know in a respectful way by showing what an impo ...more
Heidi
My husband and I were given this book when we were engaged...but I'm sorry to say with all the wedding planning, school, etc. we never got the chance to read it. I ran onto it the other day and decided to read it...I am so glad I did. I thought it was excellent and I WISH I would have read it before the wedding. It definately would have answered a lot of questions I had as a newlywed:). I thought it had some beautiful insights for all married couples..old and young.
Roseanne Wilkins
Since I believe intimacy is an essential part of happy married life, there was nothing in the book I didn't already know. This is a book I'd recommend for newlyweds and those struggling with intimacy. Because there wasn't anything I didn't already know, I'm not sure I'd recommend it for anyone who has been happily married for a number of years. It's not one I would hand over to my teens, either. I gave it five stars because the subject is handled so well.
Luisa
YAY!!!! My 300th book!!!

Ok, so the first 2/3rds of the book was directed to the young married couples that have been taught their whole lives that sex is bad, and they have a hard time overcoming that which has been to them is a sinful and forbidden topic. But after that, I felt like a lot of it was applicable and helpful. Great references and great spiritual insights. I'm definitely going to recommend it to my sister before she gets married.
Jan
I have given this book as a wedding gift for years, but never read it for myself. Now I know this book should actually be given to the couple a week or so before they get married. This book is a step-by-step discovery of how husbands and wives should treat one another, please one another, and keep marriage as sacred as it was meant to be. Many questions are directly answered and it combats how the world treats the relationship between a man and a woman.
Brandon Baggett
This book is great for couples about to get married. Its main point is the intimate relationship between a husband and wife, but there are a lot of really good points on how to keep your marriage alive and well. I would also recommend this for parents who are looking for advice to give to their children who are about to get married and for leaders who want to give better advice to married couples.
Emily
Mar 04, 2008 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the engaged, newlyweds
This isn't a how-to book, so if that's what you're expecting, you'll be dissapointed. However, it was a very good book and informative about intimacy with a gospel persepective. I read it with my husband before we were married, and though slightly awkward at times, the subject was talked about with grace and without being so vague you don't know what anyone is talking about. I really liked it.
Becki
I found a copy of this book that was given to us by the Bishop of our student ward as a wedding gift. He actually wrote in the cover and wished us luck, which I found kind of humorous. I passed my copy onto my friend who just got engaged over the summer because I think every engaged couple should read it, or something like it before they get married. If you haven't read it, it's worth reading.
Jen
Apr 01, 2008 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any Latter-day Saint
Just heard a presentation from this author and that's why I dug it out and started reading again. This book is rich in content from the first presidency and scripture on intimacy! It is a trip to read all the comments and doctrine on it over the years. It teaches on one of the most important parts of the marital relationship and who doesn't want to learn more about that? Whahoo for love...
Karin
We were given this book as a wedding gift and were told that every newlywed/engaged couple should read it. Dave and I read it together before we were married (maybe not the best idea, really, since we only had one thing on our minds that long 6 months of engagement, ha ha). It was really a great book, though, and one that I think every person should read before getting married.
Maryanne
Better than the LDS alternative...nothing. Puts it out there though, which helps chill out the fear based repression type jumbo. Could really use a bit of the Thomas Moore-ish type spirit; less skittish, more fluid. Although, I admit that Moore is too earthy to ever teach a Sunday school lesson on the subject. This one could be a useful engagement gift or overall resource.
Sarah
I saw this in the deseret book catalog and thought it looked interesting. It was. A lot of this information would have been good to read as an almost married, a few things about menopause that are informative for now. Will have the kiddos read this when they are engaged about to be married. nice and clean gospel perspective.
Madison
It definitely served its purpose of providing a crash course on some important aspects of that aren't openly discussed in church. Had its very interesting moments but I probably wouldn't read it again. However, I would recommend it to anyone else who is about to be married our recently got married and is a member of the lds church.
Ashlie
I think this would have been more heplful to me BEFORE getting married. It does have insights to help all stages of marriage, but I would rather read it sooner rather than later (therefore wish it would have been read before marriage). However & unfortunately, this book seems to be on the 'no-no' list for singles.
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