Good Sexual Hygiene & Spiritual Attitude

Christian - Biblical Counseling
248 Pages
Reviewed on 02/03/2021
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Good Sexual Hygiene & Spiritual Attitude by Anthony A. Morris is a self-help book with biblical foundations that explores the mind of God regarding heterosexual relationships. In this book, the author challenges the libertine ideas on sex and contemporary attitudes that deflect humans from pursuing healthy and empowering sexual relationships. In the note to the reader, the author explains that this book is a counseling aid on spiritual ethics, sexuality, and health and that it provides advice on how to improve moral behavior. The way he goes about it is interesting. He looks at contemporary realities and attitudes of mind towards the expression of sexuality and defines the boundaries while providing insights and advice on how to live the sexual experience in the light of God’s creation.

Good Sexual Hygiene & Spiritual Attitude by Anthony A. Morris moves from an unusual definition of sex to handle very complex and sensitive topics such as starting it right, making the best choices, the destructive power of lies and how trust is affected and destroyed, the importance of hygiene, the experience of pain in relationships and what it means to take advantage of others in relationships and a lot more. The most glaring topic is one that deals with the gap between the old generation and young people and why communication, especially on very sensitive issues, sometimes is difficult and, in some cases, impossible. This book approaches heterosexual relationships from a unique perspective and I enjoyed the author’s take on hygiene and taking care of one’s self. The writing is simple and easy-to-understand; the ideas expressed are bold and thought-provoking. After reading Good Sexual Hygiene & Spiritual Attitude, readers will change the way they look at sexuality and health; in fact, they will change the way they look at and handle others.

Ruffina Oserio

Good Sexual Hygiene & Spiritual Attitude by Anthony A. Morris is a book with a strong and relevant message for contemporary readers, one of the best things I have read on the ethics of sexuality. In this book, the author talks about sex — in the heterosexual sense of the word — and explores perceptions and practices that create rigidity and make intimacy challenging and, at times, hurtful. The author shares insights on the attitudes of mind, behaviors, and societal norms that hinder many people from experiencing deeper levels of intimacy and meaningful communication. Readers will understand the communication gap between older folk and the younger generations and the reasons why that gap exists while understanding how to bridge that gap.

While Good Sexual Hygiene & Spiritual Attitude by Anthony A. Morris articulates brilliantly on the best way to live our sexuality, it carries a nuanced message that will help readers build a healthy sense of self-love and find meaning in their intercourse with others. The writing is bold and thoughtful and the author shares practical examples and advice that will help readers develop a healthy attitude towards sex. Anthony A. Morris makes powerful claims like: “The laws of nature can’t be changed to suit anyone’s personal desired preferences. Nature can’t be bribed. And nature is indifferent to the cost of ignorance.” While such statements are bold, it is the intelligence with which the author backs them that had me enthralled. The author invites readers into a conversation on topics that are close to their hearts, and he writes about them with respect and wisdom.

Asher Syed

Good Sexual Hygiene & Spiritual Attitude by Anthony A. Morris is a Christian non-fiction self-help guide. Its purpose is to counsel on what sexuality means according to the Holy Bible, and how its application to life, as intended by God, is often misunderstood, misapplied, and thought of as taboo (leading to miscommunication—or, rather, no communication whatsoever). Defined within over the course of ten distinct sections and a total of fifty-two chapters, this book covers everything from sex being a reward of marriage and how to discuss this openly and honestly with your children, to where the concept of sex and sexual organs being “dirty” has come from, as well as how to circumvent such negative connotations in ourselves and our children. This topic moves into proper hygiene and cleanliness as a point of health (which is made personal as Morris describes a time in his life when he had no choice but to live in unsanitary conditions) and carries through to how the height of love is achieved through forgiveness, compassion, charity, and strength of moral character.

Anthony A. Morris has written a book that does an excellent job in balancing comprehensive guidance in a succinct, easy to understand (and therefore apply) narrative. The chapters make referring back at any time easy, based on what you feel the need to reflect on, and as a whole Good Sexual Hygiene & Spiritual Attitude has the air of a good, honest, understanding, and gentle counselor guiding the reader as someone would in the safe environment of their home. I particularly enjoyed the chapter entitled The Age of Insanity, in which Morris discusses the turning point for him as a first-hand witness to the movements of the '60s and the societal descent into defiance and spiritual rebellion. I genuinely enjoyed this book and think others will also. Highly recommended.

Rabia Tanveer

Good Sexual Hygiene & Spiritual Attitude by Anthony A. Morris is an all-encompassing book that helps the reader understand some pretty basic things that should be common knowledge, but aren’t. Love is such a universal thing. You cannot rush it and once you find love, you will want to take the next step. The author starts the conversation from the very beginning and answers some common questions for readers as the narrative progresses. From understanding sex, sexuality, personal hygiene and moral values that we all should respect, the author makes sure that you understand these common-sense topics and have good knowledge of it all. He isn’t condescending; he isn’t trying to force any opinion. He is simply trying to share some very useful knowledge that must be shared with the young children in schools so that they understand the ethics behind love and how effortless it all can be.

Good Sexual Hygiene & Spiritual Attitude by Anthony A. Morris is a good, very informative book, especially considering the fact that it can be shared with young children as well as teenagers. There is nothing explicit about this book; the author respectfully shares much-needed information with the reader while being sensitive about the diversity of readers. I enjoyed how the author actually went deeper than I anticipated and added information about creation, what science teaches us, and why we perceive sex as something dirty and never to be talked about. This is a very good book that should be shared with teenagers or even adults who are looking for answers to questions that they are too shy to ask.