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The Art of Natural Family Planning [Paperback]

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Pages   512
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.2" Width: 8.38" Height: 1.09"
Weight:   2.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2002
Publisher   Couple to Couple League
ISBN  0926412132  
EAN  9780926412132  

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The most complete and user-friendly book on Natural Family Planning. All the basics: *How to identify the three common signs of fertility and infertility *How to use them in the cross-checking Sympto-Thermal Method *How to space babies with Ecological Breastfeeding *Morality: Is there an issue? Beyond the basics: *Marginal fertility. Practical helps for achieving pregnancy. *How to enhance your mutual fertility. *Technological reproduction. Low-tech versus high-tech. *Irregular cycles. How to make them more regular. *Miscarriage. How to reduce the risk. Return of fertility. *Menopause and premenopause. Typical experiences. Fertility during premenopause. *Hormonal replacement therapy. Does every menopausal woman need it? *Pharmaceutical products. How they can affect your fertility. *Your relationship. How chaste NFP can improve your marriage. *And much more. Worldwide, millions of couples have experienced the blessings of natural family planning. You can join their numbers

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kippley and his wife Sheila cofounded The Couple to Couple League (1971) and wrote The Art of Natural Family Planning. He writes from the perspective of Catholic theology and the experience gained from more than thirty years of raising a family, counseling, and dealing with other families.

John F. Kippley currently resides in Cincinnati.

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Good, but a better book is available  Dec 20, 2007
This book has been the Couple to Couple League's "handbook" for the last 30 years or so. It has a lot of information, but is cumbersome to the beginner. It also is very preachy, even to practicing Catholics. It teaches 4 rules for postponing pregnancy and is overly complicated. The sections on mucus can be confusing.

The Couple to Couple League has just come out with all-new materials for the sympto-thermal method. It is "The Art of Natural Family Planning Student Guide." It is modernized and straight forward. It still encompasses religious reasons for choosing NFP, but it does so with respect for the reader. It is mostly used in conjunction with the live courses, but it can also be used alone. The 4 rules of the other book have been combined into one easy rule. It is still 99.9% effective, they have just found a better way to teach it after 30+ years of experience. The mucus explanations are highly friendly to the new user. I haven't found the new one yet on this site, but you can get it through the Couple to Couple League for now. I recommend it over the older one.
Great resource!  Dec 4, 2007
I found this book extremely helpful and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to use NFP as a means of either pregnancy prevention or pregnancy achievment. The book is very descriptive and leaves no question unanswered when it comes to this method. Definitely an excellent resource!
Simply The Best!  Oct 25, 2007
Trying to have a baby (or another one)? Trying to avoid pregnancy? Want to know what makes NFP so popular? This book has it all! Very informative about every aspect of the three signs that make up the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM). It also has helpful information if you're trying to conceive. Or maybe you're just interested in learning how your body actually works. It truly is a art as well as a science, and the Kippleys do a great job in helping you master your OWN fertility awareness, instead of relying on (somewhat unreliable and sometimes dangerous) alternatives.

Bar none, the best NFP book there is. I simply can't recommend it enough.
I taught myself!  Oct 23, 2007
I used this book to teach myself the principles of NFP. It was very easy to understand. I highly recommend.
Great text  Jun 19, 2007
This book, and the essential course that goes along with it, are fantastic at teaching the nuts and bolts of Natural Family Planning, which is a 99% effective method for regulating births.

NFP gets a bad wrap. Liberals and Traditionalists both dismiss it as "Catholic Birth Control." Both groups are wrong. NFP, as it requires periods of abstinence and places no artificial barrier in the way of God's creative hand, is NOT Catholic "birth control" in any sense of the word. Rather, it is a life affirming practice that recognizes that ABC (artificial birth control) is sinful and a rejection of God in our marriages. It also provides a school of sanctity for the married couple while at the same time, much more often than not, making the couple more generous regarding bringing children into the world.

This book however has several weaknesses, not the least of which is that it largely ignores the Theology of the Body, the great and important body of work on human sex and sexuality by John Paul II.

The good news is that the Couple to Couple League is in the process of redoing their textbook and their curriculum. There is a new text coming that addresses many of the valid criticisms against this book put forth by other reviewers.

I love NFP, I love the Church's teachings. The truth has set me free. Try it for yourself.

Anyone interested in studying the Church's teaching on sex and sexuality should check out the following books:

Theology Of The Body For Beginners
Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology Of The Body
Good News About Sex and Marriage: Answers to Your Honest Questions About Catholic Teaching
Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later

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