Romance and Religion: Anne Brooke and Dennis Paul Stradford

Since the major religious festivals of the Spring Equinox cycle are underway I thought I’d take a look at two romance writers whose Christian faith informs their writing. G. K. Chesterton wrote, “The very word ‘romance’ has in it the mystery and ancient meaning of Rome.” But this mystery can have a sinister aspect as… read more

Let’s Talk About Sex: Allison, Myles, and Woolf

Between the ages of 12 and 15, I spent at least four hours a day reading stories about sex between women. My time was divided between my father’s Letters to Penthouse collection, and Xena: Warrior Princess and Star Trek: Voyager fan fiction websites. It wasn’t just that these stories turned me on. It was that, whether they were about Ancient Greek warriors or varsity cheerleaders, these stories transported me from a small town where I was a scared, isolated lesbian to a fantasy world where women acted on their desires and were rewarded for it with love, community, and orgasms…. read more

‘Sex as God Intended’ by John McNeill

When I read Sex as God Intended by Fr. John McNeill, an ordained Jesuit priest, I thought of another Jesuit, Malachi Martin of New York, author of the New York Times bestseller Hostage to the Devil and (the novel) Windswept House. Both McNeill and Martin admit that the Catholic Church is in crises, but each… read more