Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Publisher's Weekly gets a new Thrill
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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

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.

Monday, January 26, 2015

New Advent gets a new Thrill!
Read an exclusive excerpt from my latest book

Thanks to the Catholic supersite New Advent, you can now read an exclusive excerpt of my newly revised and updated Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition). It begins:

My friend Father Augustine Wetta, O.S.B., a Texan surfer turned Benedictine monk, says that the day he entered Saint Louis Abbey as a postulant, he swore to himself that he would never again have a lustful thought. That resolution, he adds, lasted “about an hour and a half.” So he decided to delay his resolution for one year, until entering the novitiate. But when his novitiate came around, he was still bothered by the same lustful thoughts. “In fact,” he says, “as far as I could tell, I hadn’t made any progress at all.”

At that time, the then Brother Augustine had been reading a biography of St. Benedict. “I came across a passage that said when he had lustful thoughts, he used to go roll around in a rose bush. So I said to myself, ‘That’s easy. If St. Benedict can do it, then so can I.’ And I went out into the garden behind the monastery and jumped into one of our rose bushes.”

Did it work? Not in the way the young novice intended.

Read the rest on New Advent, and visit Amazon or any other bookseller to get the new Thrill.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New video: Everything you ever wanted to know about The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition) but were afraid to ask

What is so thrilling about chastity? I answer that question and more in this brand-new video about my brand-new book, the revised and updated The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition): Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On. Recorded at the McEssy Theological Resource Center at Mundelein Seminary, by kind permission of the Rector, Fr. Robert Barron.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The new Thrill hits Amazon, & chastity is in—make that on—the "Morning Air"!

Today I received the exciting news that Amazon is going to begin selling the newly revised and updated The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition) eight days early, shipping it January 18 instead of the original date of the 26th. Here is the link to pre-order it in paperback or Kindle.

The "Read Inside" feature on The Thrill's Amazon page is not yet showing the inside of the new edition—it shows the old edition instead—but I am told that will be fixed soon. In the meantime, the Ave Maria Press website will let you preview the new Thrill's table of contents and read a sample.

If you would like to get a taste of The Thrill (would that be a thrill of the taste?), tune into Relevant Radio's "Morning Air" this coming Tuesday, January 19, at 7 a.m. Eastern to hear me discuss the book with host John Harper. Should you be a late riser, like I normally am, have no fear; the show repeats at 10 a.m. Eastern.

Watch this blog for more updates -- and also keep an eye on New Advent for a Thrill-ing development in the near future.

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Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Thrill returns—now with extra added Catholic flavor!

Looking at the gorgeous cover of the newly rewritten, "Catholicized" edition of my first book, The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On, what can I say but that I am, well, thrilled. (And keeping my clothes on.)

As I announced last week on Twitter, the book, now titled The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition), which hits stores January 26, is available for pre-order on my publisher's website. You can also preview its table of contents and enjoy a lengthy excerpt. (The book's Amazon page is currently under construction; I will post a link when it is ready. If you search hard, you can find a dummy page for it, but the page's content—the marketing copy and user reviews—relates only to the original edition.)

If you know the original Thrill, you will notice many differences in the Catholic edition. Since entering the Catholic Church, I have learned about how the life of the sacraments and lessons of the saints can make chastity more joyful. But the biggest change is that this new Thrill is no longer for women only. I expanded The Thrill's perspective because so many male readers of the original edition told me they wished a book like it had been written for them.

It didn't take much to de-girl-ify the book. Mostly I just had to remove the references to "Sex and the City," which I was eager to do anyway, as they dated the book. (Not every exclusively feminine angle was jettisoned; I did leave in the reference to "the iniquity of my heels.")

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Listen to my new talk: “Ways of Bringing the Divine Mercy to Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse”

So sorry to have been so long without a Dawn Patrol update (though I do post regularly on Twitter)! I have been busy with doctoral studies, as well as preparing for the upcoming publication of the Catholic edition of my first book, The Thrill of the Chaste, which I have thoroughly rewritten. You can read about both my studies and the Catholic Thrill in my recent interview for America magazine.

One of the many joys for me upon beginning my studies at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary was being invited by the seminary's Peace and Justice/Gospel of Life Apostolate to give a lunchtime talk to the 210 seminarians there. The organizers wanted me to share the message of my book My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints from a pastoral-care perspective.

The September 22 talk, “Ways of Bringing the Divine Mercy to Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse," was recorded on audio, and now, thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can listen to it via SoundCloud.

Although the talk is geared toward seminarians, it is relevant for anyone who seeks to reach out to those who bear the wounds of abuse or trauma.

Also available for download are the handouts I provided to the seminarians: "What Forgiveness Is — and What It Isn’t: Five Things to Know and Share" and "Reflections from Pope Francis on Divine Mercy and Healing of Memory."

If you would like to give to support my studies and apostolate, click the button marked "Donate" in the sidebar to the right of this post. To bring me to speak in your area, write to me. Thank you and God bless you.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Priests, lay leaders recommend My Peace I Give You as a vital pastoral resource for healing sexual wounds

A special notice for visitors from ZENIT's Daily Dispatch:

Welcome, ZENIT readers! I am the author of My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, which has been recommended by many leaders in pastoral ministry as a valuable resource for bringing healing to those who have suffered sexual abuse. Click here to read an online sample.

Here are some of the things that priests and other pastoral caregivers are saying about My Peace I Give You:

  • Fr. David Meconi, S.J., editor of Homiletic & Pastoral Review: "[Dawn Eden's] efforts ... serve as a microcosm of a greater story—the wounds of Christ’s body being healed by the grace of God—enabling a broken creature to stand up and announce that she is the daughter of an incessantly loving and ever-protective Father."
  • Fr. James Brent, O.P., Director of the Dominican Friars' Angelic Warfare Confraternity: "For anyone who has suffered from sexual abuse, Dawn’s book is a must read. The testimonies of victims who have read it are powerful testimonies indeed. But in my opinion, anyone who suffers from the wounds of sexual sin in any way whatsoever will also find in this book a powerful aid for healing and renewal."
  • Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, S.V., Superior General, Sisters of Life: "An inspired work ... powerfully moving and hope-filled. ... It is my hope that this book may become a resource readily available: in churches, schools, counseling centers, young adult ministries, libraries, and hospitals. Through it may many whose human dignity has been offended come to know their beauty in the eyes of God, and learn to sing in joy of His love and His mercy. I pray that for every reader this book will be an instrument of grace and instruction.”

My Peace I Give You has also been endorsed by Jennifer Fulwiler, Alice von Hildebrand, and Fr. James Martin, S.J.

You can find My Peace I Give You and the book's Spanish edition, Mi Paz Os Doy, at Amazon.comAquinas & More, and wherever fine Catholic books are sold.

For more information, write to me.