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This verse-by-verse exploration of the Song of Solomon shows that the secret to great sex in marriage begins with a servant heart.
Looking for more romance in your marriage? by studying the Song of Solomon, you'll get a timeless look at God's design for love in marriage.
This verse-by-verse Bible study of the Song of Solomon can strengthen your relationship with your husband or wife.
Includes discussion questions.
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God is for Great Sex in Marriage!
Intimacy Ignited used God’s Word to drive it and not just as a supplement to the authors’ thoughts and insights. As said in Psalm 18:30 that the Word of God is flawless, which we stand by through and through. And the Bible sure did not leave the marriage life for couples boring. In fact, it is ought to be the exact opposite, as reinforced right from the pages of Bible, no less. Simply put – God is for great sex life in marriage!
More than the book’s title, “Intimacy Ignited” suggests, I believe that its impact is more than just to ignite intimacy in your marriage. But it also specifically tells of what God has intended sex to be through the book of Song of Solomon. I highly recommend this book to all married couples, regardless of the number of years you have been together. This might just be the one thing that you’ve been missing out on in your marriage.
Read more here: http://www.marriageandbeyond.com/2010/06/12/book-review-intimacy-ignited-conversations-couple-to-couple/
Jennifer Aspacio of MarriageandBeyond.com
6/12/2010 8:36:58 PM
Recommended Reading for All Married Couples
Some of you may be familiar with Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus and/or their book, Intimate Issues, which addresses questions Christian women ask about sexuality. Well, they have teamed up with their husbands here to write a new book, Intimacy Ignited, for Christian couples. It is excellent.
Unlike some other books, this is not about the “mechanics” of intercourse; rather, it’s essentially about the relationship - the intimacy – of a Christian couple’s sex life. Rooted in the Song of Solomon, the book explores a variety of tools and methods for increasing the passion and intimacy of the reader’s marriage.
This is a tricky topic to write about well, but I believe the authors have succeeded. They are not at all prudish – there’s definitely some spice here! – but, at the same time, they are respectful and not crude. Just enough specifics are offered to be practically useful, without offering more information than is needed. And when examples are given that would be otherwise awkward or inappropriate, they’re left anonymous.
The authors are also sensitive to issues such as past abuse. They gently encourage moving beyond these things to fully appreciate the healthy relationships readers are in now. However, they do not downplay the difficulty of doing so, or the magnitude of the hurt caused by the past.
As readers, we are encouraged to build up our spouses and soothe their insecurities, to try new things, and to be a source of refuge for our mates. We’re urged to put away petty irritations, to be romantic, and to fully surrender ownership of our physical bodies. We’re prompted to banish selfishness, hang-ups, and baggage from past experience.
Although centered in the bedroom, this book is much, much more than that. It really encompasses the total relationship of a married couple. I believe that newlyweds can greatly benefit from it, but fifty-year-marrieds can probably find something of value, as well. This would make a great wedding gift! I highly recommend it.
6/1/2010 7:35:00 AM
Good, but not what I expected
I got this book thinking it would be a great aid to studying the Song of Solomon. I now understand the intent of the book was more designed to examine sexual issues between husbands and wives using the Song of Solomon as a launching pad for discussion. My understanding of the Song of Solomon has shifted over the years and I have come to a different historical perspective on the Song of Solomon which makes my view of the book come in conflict with some of the authors’ interpretation and main points. None-the-less I still see how this book has some value for couples who may be looking for some insight into how God designed sex for marriage.
The authors do a great job of illustrating their perspective of the text and relating it to issues faced by husbands and wives today. Much of the insight and perspective shared on sex inside the book are not new. The book does a great job of illustrating the perspective of husbands and wives and how to navigate some of the more difficult issues. Over all Intimacy Ignited: Conversations Couple to Couple: Fire Up Your Sex Life with the Song of Solomon is a good book filled with great perspective and counsel for couples on sexual issues. However I would offer one word of caution… If you are not married, don’t read the book…. It really is written for married couples.
5/6/2010 1:18:01 PM
Intimacy Ignited: Conversations Couple To Couple
NavPress has done it again. They’ve published a great book dealing with intimacy within a marriage. It’s called Intimacy Ignited: Conversations Couple To Couple, and it is an extraordinary resource for newly married couples, as well as couples that have been married for a while.
Intimacy Ignited is a journey through the Song of Solomon, allowing this book of Scripture to teach us about marriage. And it offers plenty of wise, biblical advice and practical suggestions to become a “Servant Lover.”
Written by two couples, Joseph and Linda Dillow, and Peter and Lorraine Pintus, this book is a conversation between the authors and the couple who read it. And they do a great job of communicating truths from Scripture to their readers.
Each of the sixteen chapters covers a specific section of the Song. Within each chapter, the first few pages are very similar to a Bible commentary, explaining the passage and what it communicates. After that, the authors dig into the practical applications of the passage, first to the couple, then to wives and husbands specifically.
It has opened my eyes to the Song of Solomon like never before. The thought that Solomon put into this as he wrote is extraordinary, definitely God-inspired.
In fact, the authors put it this way:
Solomon, write a real-life drama that captures the passion, adventure, and mystery of marriage, but do not ignore the problems of daily life. Be frank and precise when speaking of sexual intimacy, but write in such a way that if a child reads the words, his or her innocence remains intact. Regarding sexual activity, be specific enough to be helpful, but sensitive enough not to offend. Be spiritual, yet practical; wholesome, yet sensuous. And do it all in one hundred twenty verses or less.”
I’m pretty sure Solomon achieved these goals. And Intimacy Ignited does a great job of exploring and explaining the poetic imagery of this ancient Song to readers in the twenty-first century.
This is an exceptional book, and can be a tremendous resource for any married couple.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
4/27/2010 7:32:12 PM
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Intimacy Ignited by Dillow and Pintus
Let’s just get this out in the open right up front. This book is about sex. We all know that in Christian circles the word intimacy is the code word for sex. Now that we have taken care of that, let’s talk about Intimacy Ignited.
This is not a new book, but it is a good book. The authors walk us through the Bible book of Song of Solomon and examine the marital relationship of King Solomon and his bride. Through the years there have been a number of ways to interpret Song of Solomon. The authors choose the most literal interpretation. And it is literal. It would be easy, in an effort to be sensitive regarding a delicate topic, to not be descriptive enough. It would also be easy to go too far, to veer off into sensationalism. The authors do a fantastic job of balancing the two extremes. They make it very clear what they mean to say without resorting to crudeness or inappropriate language.
One great benefit of this book is the included eight week Bible study guide at the back of the book. It is well written and has a component that is appropriate for group discussion and a component for the individual couples.
3/30/2010 10:13:52 AM