Musings on Intimacy, Marriage, and God 

Author: Valerie Schultz

Price: $11.95

Format: Paperback

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5 x 7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-073-5

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: April 1, 2008

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In this delightful and heartfelt appreciation of intimacy in marriage, award-winning essayist, wife, and mother Valerie Schultz explores how the bonds between husband and wife, and parent and child draw us ever closer to God and one another.

In a series of frank and personal reflections on her own experiences, Schultz provides vignettes of marital intimacy that are sometimes ordinary, sometimes contentious, sometimes ecstatic, but always permeated by the incarnate presence of Christ. With a fresh vigor that is as engaging for newlyweds as it is entertaining for seasoned couples, Schultz reminds readers that intimacy is not only an essential ingredient in every marriage, but also part of their spiritual blueprint.


"Vibrant, earthy, and accessible."

"Valerie Schultz is one of most vibrant, earthy, and accessible writers in the contemporary Catholic Church. She brilliantly uses real-life experiences, which carry a full measure of joys and sorrows, to help believers understand how to find God in the most ordinary–and the most surprising–of places."

James Martin, S.J., Author of My Life with the Saints

"Sheer delight."

"In Closer, Valerie Schultz combines razor-keen insight and rock-hard wisdom with a writing style that is sheer delight. This is a great book for anyone who longs for more out of marriage.

Paula Huston, Author of The Holy Way

"Humor, honesty, and tenderness."

"With earthy humor, honesty, and tenderness, Valerie Schultz plumbs the ordinary life of her marriage and family to offer stunning insights into what love means and how it grows. In the process we learn about God, about marriage, and about parenting."

William A. Barry, S.J., Author of Finding God in All Things