Monday, February 23, 2015

The Thrill lights up the Twitterverse!

I am excited and thankful to see that many people are taking to Twitter to express their appreciation of the newly revised Catholic edition of The Thrill of the Chaste.

It is a special joy to see the tweet from Bishop John Keenan of the Diocese of Paisley, Scotland, who even includes a photo:



(In other wonderful news, Bishop Keenan has invited me to give a Theology on Tap-style talk on The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition) in his diocese, which I will do during my upcoming UK tour.)

Nick Alexander, the speaker and musical parodist finds a recent interview of mine to be cause for jubilation:



Father Bryan Jerabek of Birmingham, Alabama, would like to see a bulk distributor make The Thrill readily available to the people in the pews:



Nunblogger Sister Anne Flanagan encapsulates the love story at the heart of The Thrill as she tweets my National Review Online interview:



A final thought today comes from David Mills of The Stream, explaining why he included my National Review Online interview among a list of recent notable online stories:



If you are enjoying the new Thrill, tweet me your photo and comment, and I'll be delighted to include your tweet in an upcoming post.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

"There is 'poetry' in not being sick"
Catholic Spiritual Direction reviews the new Thrill

Today, Catholic Spiritual Direction features "Chastity: A Hymn to God's Providence," a wonderful review of my new book The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition). Father Angelo Geiger writes:

Dawn has a sense of divine providence working in her life, which, perhaps, is part of the thrill. Chastity is hard. Being a Catholic is hard, but, as Dawn points out, quoting a character in Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday, there is “poetry” in not being sick. Providence not only reorders our desires, but also reorders are manner of assessing what happens to us.

He adds that the new Thrill

is not just good advice from someone who has been there, though it is indeed that, and Dawn’s prose and characteristic humor make for enjoyable reading. The book is a hymn to divine providence, and specifically in the way it expresses the truth that the gift of ourselves to God is accepted and protected by His love. The Marian and filial, as well as spousal dimensions of the life of grace, are evident throughout, as Dawn encourages her readers to say yes to love, like Mary did at the Annunciation and Calvary. This makes all things possible—even chastity and bearing the cross of our woundedness.

Read the rest at SpiritualDirection.com.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Chastity is not the "in" thing to do — "and that is why it is so interesting! "
I speak to NRO on the Church's countercultural witness

National Review Online today features a new interview with me by Kathryn Jean Lopez in which I share the message of the new Catholic edition of The Thrill of the Chaste: "Understanding the Catholic Church's 'Yes.'" Here is a taste:

LOPEZ: Why would people even want to read about chastity? It doesn’t seem to be the in thing to do.

EDEN: No, chastity doesn’t seem like the “in” thing to do at all — and that is why it is so interesting! The media and their advertisers press on us from all sides, trying to sell us on no-strings sex and voyeurism, instructing us on how to objectify ourselves and others. “Sex sells” used to be a catchy adage, but at this point, we as a culture have become sated with sex. It has become a drug just like any other drug, giving a temporary high that leaves us lower than we were before.

Fulton J. Sheen called this state of disillusioned satedness “black grace” — a kind of “fed-upness” that could open the way for the “white grace” of conversion. In my experience, there are many, many people who have bought into the lies of the sexual revolution, seeking love through sex, only to experience the darkness of this black grace. If the truth of chastity is presented to them in its fullness — as a way to learn how to truly love and be loved — then they will be open to hearing it. If they then begin to implement it in their lives, they will be transformed. I know, because that is what happened to me.

Please do check out the entire interview and share it with friends. The breadth and depth of Kathryn's questions help make for the best interview I've done yet. One more snippet:

LOPEZ: What is the best-kept secret you refer to, about what the Church teaches about sex? How is it a secret? How can it be tweeted about? By which I mean, how can we better communicate it?

EDEN: The best-kept secret is that our sexuality — not just our genital activity, but everything we do — is designed to demonstrate and concretize divine love, a love that is necessarily creative. In marital love, that creativity includes pro-creativity, but that’s not the whole of it. For we aren’t all called to marriage, and our call to share in divine love doesn’t stop at marriage.

What I am trying to say is that every act of love is necessarily embodied, and that means that our sexuality — that is, our created sex as man or woman — always matters. I don’t love my mother and father as their “it”; I love them as their daughter. When I visit a friend in the intensive-care unit, I don’t wash off my identity as a woman when I sanitize myself at the door. No, I love that friend as a woman. Not by being girlish, not by wearing pink, not by telling stories of my daily life with “all the details” that make men’s eyes glaze over. No, I love as a woman because I love with the love that God gives me, in the body that he gives me.

That is what sexuality is about. It is creative because it comes from the Creator, who not only created me, but re-created me in Christ — and still does, every day. Deo gratias!

Dear friends, please spread this good news far and wide! Thank you, and God bless y ou!

Photo by Ron Sartini

Friday, February 13, 2015

"The heart of chastity is loving others as God loves you"
My new interview for The Stream

The Christian news website The Stream today features an in-depth interview with me about The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition). From "The Power of Chastity: An Interview with Dawn Eden":

The Stream: Your latest book is The Thrill of the Chaste: Catholic Edition. For those of us who read and loved your first book (should we call that the Evangelical Edition?), why did you decide to go back and do this one over?

Dawn Eden: The original Thrill of the Chaste was the book I wanted to write in 2005, as a Jewish convert to Evangelical Protestantism. I felt there was a need for a book on chastity for adults like myself who had sought love in things that were not love.

By the time the Thrill came out in December 2006, however, my life had changed significantly. I was still seeking to live chastely, but I was now doing so as a Catholic. Living within the rhythms of the liturgical seasons and the sacraments, with the saints as my friends in heaven, made a real difference in my practice of chastity, but the book I was promoting did not reflect that. So, in a sense, although I am proud of the original Thrill and am thankful that it has helped people, I have wanted to rewrite it from the moment it came out, to add what was lacking.

Also, there was the problem of the original Thrill being directed only to single women like myself. I made the choice to write for women because I thought it would make the book more personal, but it had the unfortunate effect of making me appear to be reinforcing the myth that chastity is for women only. That myth is not Christian in origin, but it has unfortunately seeped into Christian circles, leading radical feminists to use it as a stick with which to beat people of faith.

So, I was glad to have the opportunity to rewrite The Thrill for an audience of men and women, and also to talk about different kinds of chastity — not only single chastity, but also marital chastity. Chastity is for everyone; it is just lived differently according to the type of relationship. For married people, it means sharing a love that is freely willed, total, faithful, and fruitful. Whatever your state of life, the heart of chastity is loving others as God loves you.

Read the rest at The Stream. Many thanks to Stream reporter Anika Smith for asking such thoughtful questions!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Listen now: I answer callers' questions on "Catholic Answers Live"

I am delighted to report that you can now listen to my hour-long appearance on "Catholic Answers Live" (click the "Listen" or "Download" button on that page, which you'll find next to the episode's title). My gratitude goes out to Patrick Coffin and everyone at Catholic Answers for enabling me to share the message of my new book The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition).

My next radio appearance will be this Wednesday, February 11, on Mark Shea's Radio Maria show "Catholic and Enjoying It." For details, check out my Upcoming Talks and Media Appearances page.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Listen now: Fr. Anthony Buś interviews me on chastity & conversion

Father Anthony Buś's radio interview with me today for his "Winds of Change" show, in which I discussed The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition) and My Peace I Give You, was a grace-filled experience. The conversation flowed naturally, and I loved the depth of his questions. Use the player below to listen online, or click the "Download" link on the "Winds of Change" site to save the podcast. I come in about five minutes into the show.



Tomorrow, I will be on "Catholic Answers Live," and my Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition) radio tour continues in the coming weeks; see my "Upcoming Talks and Media Appearances" page for details.

In other news, as mentioned, I just returned from giving two talks in Montana, earlier this week, where I also had the joy of attending my friend Father Sean Raftis's installation on Sunday as pastor of a Diocese of Helena parish. You may recall Father Raftis from one of the feel-good stories of 2013, when the media reported on the unique way he and his high-school friends stay in touch, as I noted in a tweet.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Listen now: Teresa Tomeo interviews me about The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition)




This morning, with my voice still a bit raw after giving two talks in Helena, Montana, I had the great pleasure of discussing The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition) on EWTN/Ave Maria Radio's "Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo." Click here to download the show or listen online (interview begins about 21:00).

I am looking forward to doing several other radio interviews this week and in the weeks to come, including "Catholic Answers Live" this Friday. Visit my "Upcoming Talks and Media Appearances" page for the full list.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Publisher's Weekly gets a new Thrill
Latest media updates

In advance of Valentine's Day, Publisher's Weekly has an article on new books on "Love and the Single Christian" that, I'm excited to say, prominently features my own Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition):

Dawn Eden, who converted from Judaism to Protestantism, then recently to Roman Catholicism, offers an updated Catholic Edition of her 2006 book, The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On (Ave Maria Press, Jan.). PW asked Eden how single Catholics can live faithfully in a society where casual sex is often accepted behavior. Says Eden, “As an unmarried Catholic, I don’t think of my chastity as a ‘no’ to sex; I think of it as a ‘yes’ to love, because it shows me how to be truly present for others.”

Read the whole article at PublishersWeekly.com.

I had other wonderful news yesterday about the new Thrill, which I was delighted to announce on Twitter:


In other news, Matt C. Abbott has an interview with me in Catholic Online in which I discuss what's so new about the new Thrill:

Being a member of the Mystical Body of Christ, and receiving Jesus' own Body and Blood in the Eucharist, has given me a deeper understanding of the meaning of being embodied. I see more clearly how chastity enables one to love fully in each relationship, in the way that is appropriate to the type of relationship and to one's state of life. Chastity is not just for singles; in marriage, it enables couples to grow together in freely willed, total, faithful, and fruitful love. For that reason, I wanted to make the new Catholic edition of The Thrill of the Chaste relevant for men and women, whether they are discerning marriage or a celibate vocation, and that is what I have done.

Read the rest on Catholic Online.

Finally, thanks to the generous efforts of Spanish Catholic historian Santiago Mata, the video I made about the new Thrill is now available with Spanish captioning:


I am deeply grateful to all of you who read my blog and pray for my apostolate. Thank you so much for your prayers. You and all my readers are in mine too, every day.