BY DONNA FREITAS

Foreword by Lauren Winner
Oxford University Press, April 2008

"Sex and the Soul should be required reading for anyone interested in today's campus culture." -- Lauren Sandler, author of Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement

"This book should jump-start a national conversation on how the sexual revolution has trapped students as much as it has freed them." -- Stephen Prothero, author of
Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know -- and Doesn't

Today's college students are fascinated by religion but they are also more sexually active than previous generations. How do these young people reconcile their spiritual longings with sexual freedom on campus?

Based on dozens of face-to-face interviews,
Sex and the Soul explores the sexual and spiritual lives of today's college students. Donna Freitas crisscrossed the country, visiting a range of America's colleges and universities--from public to private, Catholic to evangelical--to find out what students had to say about these highly personal subjects. Their stories will not only engage readers, but, in many cases, move them with the painful struggles these candid young women and men face. Indeed, the book uncovers aspects of college life that may unsettle some readers, especially parents. Many campuses, for instance, are dominated by the hook-up culture of casual sex. Moreover, a surprising number of students see little connection between sex and religion. Indeed, these observations hold true even at Catholic schools. Only at evangelical colleges is religion an important factor when deciding whether or not to engage in sex. But Freitas's research also reveals that, even at secular schools, students are not comfortable with the prevalence of casual sex, and that they do want religion to speak about what they should do and who they should try to be--not just what they should avoid doing.

Sex and the Soul
will offer readers the chance to hear college students speaking honestly about extremely sensitive topics, in a book that will be of great interest to students, parents, clergy, teachers, and anyone who wants to know whats happening on today's college campuses.

"Sex and the Soul is both disturbing and hopeful. Donna Freitas is a skilled and sympathetic interlocutor, and her prescriptions for addressing the 'hookup culture' merit serious consideration." -- Randall Balmer, author of
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America

"Relying on exhaustive research and analysis, this unflinching work delivers both a widely comprehensive and deeply intimate portrait of hook-up culture in this formidably spiritual generation, examining its contradictions, broken hearts, and impossible promises like no one has before.
Sex and the Soul should be required reading for anyone interested in today's campus culture -- and tomorrow's adulthood."
-- Lauren Sandler, author of
Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement

"How to explain the rise in the 'spiritual but not religious' option among U.S. college students? Might sex have something to do with it? In this provocative book, one of the country's foremost scholars of religion and youth culture answers this question with an emphatic YES! At the heart of this pathbreaking (and heartbreaking) book are the stories of college students 'searching alone' for ways to bring their bodies into conversation with their beliefs. Smart, learned, beautifully written, and above all humane--this book should jump-start a national conversation on how the sexual revolution has trapped students as much as it has freed them."
-- Stephen Prothero, author of
Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--and Doesn't

"In Sex and the Soul, Donna Freitas models a lovingly Catholic attention to evangelicals, a surprisingly evangelical attention to Catholics, and a passionate, creative attention to the desires of all college students. Freitas is America's foremost young writer on how religious traditions impact everyday life."
-- Tom Beaudoin, author of
Consuming Faith

"This book offers a rare and candid look into the souls of today's college students. Donna Freitas is a truly good listener: she creates a safe space for students to talk about the tender and profound things that they are too seldom allowed to speak of. She listens to them not merely as subjects o
f a study, but as fellow human beings who are at once spiritual and sexual. Anyone involved in education, pastoral work, or youth work -- but especially parents -- should read this well-written and important book." -- Brian D. McLaren, author of Everything Must Change

"Boston University professor Freitas explores college students' spiritual and sexual lives in this fascinating, disturbing book. With the exception of evangelical collegians, who are still gunning for marriage and trying to remain chaste until then, almost all of the young people Freitas interviewed were engaged in “hookup culture,” often exploring their sexuality with near strangers in the hopes of eventually finding someone to date. And with the exception of evangelical students, who allow their religious views to permeate all life choices, including sexual boundaries, most college students don't see much connection between their sexual behavior--which, in candid interviews, they often regret--and their spirituality, which is important to them. Freitas's tone is engaging and her writing persuasive. Of particular interest is her gender analysis of evangelical purity concepts, which expect young women to be chaste but passive as they wait for Prince Charming. Even more disturbing, the theme parties prevalent in hypersexualized hookup culture (in which young women may dress up as whores, maids or schoolgirls while their male counterparts are powerful CEOs, millionaires or professors) also place all the power in the hands of men. Freitas's work chronicles a poignant spiritual loss that students themselves articulate and mourn."
-- Publisher's Weekly

1 comment:

Gospel said...

Where can i buy this book?

Chandell