Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses

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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 pervasiveness of hook-up culture. Moreover, many students see little connection between sex and religion, even as they seek one between sex and spirituality. 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 a culture of casual sex, and that they do want spirituality, at least, if not also 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 what's happening on today's college campuses.

Named one of the Best Religion Books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly

"Fascinating, disturbing…engaging…persuasive…. Freitas's work chronicles a poignant spiritual loss that students themselves articulate and mourn."
–Publishers Weekly

"Candid, disturbing, yet ultimately hopeful….Throughout this beautifully written book, Freitas presents students' feelings and experiences in an unflinching yet compassionate way. You care about these young people and their struggles. This book is a great service to students, parents, and those at colleges and universities who want to prepare young adults not just for the workplace but for healthy and fulfilling lives."
–Christian Science Monitor

Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (August 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019974761X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199747610
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Great Read

One person found this helpful.
 on April 24, 2014
By Teresa
Are you interested in the social culture of college students especially with regards to religion? If so, you should read this book. If not, you should still read this. The book is based on the author’s study of students at various universities ranging from public schools to private evangelical colleges. Participants were very candid in the study and it reveals some very interesting points about hook up culture and dating in the US.

A Superb Examination Of A Troublesome Issue

14 people found this helpful.
 on December 24, 2009
By Michael Lima
There’s been a lot of very good material written in the past couple of years on the detrimental emotional and psychological effects that unrestrained sexual behavior is having on American young adults; primarily college students. Donna Freitas’ Sex and the Soul is a worthy addition to that material. The reason the book is as valuable as it is stems from the approach that Freitas took to present the information. As is the case with any scientific study, Freitas provides a factual definition of the issues through the use of raw data gathered through observation (in this case, surveys that she and her staff organized). However, instead of stopping with the data, she gives the study depth by incorporating comments from students on their views regarding sexuality and spirituality. The comments not only put a human face on the issues, they also make what would be a dry study readable. Both the data and the interviews bolster Freitas’ conclusion that there is a discontentment with the options of promiscuity and chastity. In order to address this discontentment, Freitas develops practical recommendations for finding the middle ground between spiritual goals and sexual practice.

Absolutely essential

4 people found this helpful.
 on October 1, 2010
By Steve Conn
I just received my master’s degree in higher education and this book was part of my curriculum. It really sheds a lot of light on the topic of students’ views of sexuality, and it looks into how Christians and non Christians view it differently. It written from an interesting perspective. The Author is a nominal Catholic who is certainly not anti-religion, but she does not subscribe to the same views as mainstream evangelical Christians. Good food for thought no matter what you believe.

Thought provoking book

One person found this helpful.
 on May 13, 2013
By KiwiZ
Very thought provoking book on a subject that is extremely important, yet rarely discussed IMO. While the statistical analysis was a bit dry to me, the interviews, suggestions and observations were fascinating and gave me much to consider. I’ve used this book to open interesting conversations and would recommend it to others to read

Five Stars

 on February 14, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Very good condition.

informative as textbook

One person found this helpful.
 on July 17, 2013
By Danielle Perry
Our human sexuality class told me about this book. The information is current and from a Christian perspective without being too explicit or too vague.

Important for Christians who work with youth

6 people found this helpful.
 on August 10, 2010
By Sean McDowell, Ph.D.
Sex & The Soul

… I found that they didn’t really come together to easily or cohesively

 on March 29, 2016
By Sara Idzerda
It had many stories with some interesting ideas but I found that they didn’t really come together to easily or cohesively. It was more of a book that I would use to make a research article than a book that gave a overall thesis.

Very pleased.

One person found this helpful.
 on December 30, 2012
By John Conger
I really appreciate the author’s approach to this timely subject. Well researched, well written. I ordered both the print version and the Kindle version.

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