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 by Dr. Joseph & Linda Dillow and Dr. Peter & Lorraine Pintus.
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.
I would recommend this book for any married couple or couple about to be married. I would recommend it to a pastor or teacher who is planning to preach or teach from the Song of Solomon or about the sexual aspect of the marriage relationship. It would also be a valuable asset for the pre-marriage counselor. This might be assigned as a reading assignment for the couple about to be married.
I am confident this is an area of struggle for most couples at some point in their marriage. Is this a book that would help you or someone you know in their marriage? Have you used this book or one similar in your own marriage or to help another couple with difficulties in their marriage? What other books have been helpful? Leave your comments below.
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