An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate by Cheryl T. Cohen-Greene

By Cheryl T. Cohen-Greene

For the previous 40 years, Cheryl Cohen Greene has labored as a surrogate associate, assisting consumers to confront, ponder, and eventually settle for their sexuality. during this riveting memoir, Cohen Greene stocks a few of her such a lot relocating instances, and in addition finds her personal sexual coming-of-age. starting with a inflexible Catholic upbringing within the Fifties, the place she used to be taught to imagine intercourse and sexual wants have been unnatural and fallacious, Cohen Greene struggled to reconcile her sexual identity.

An Intimate Life bargains a candid check out the non-public lifetime of a surrogate companion, studying the cultural and emotional ramifications of pursuing whatever most folk don't instantly understand.

The memoir opens with Cohen Greene's paintings with Berkeley-based poet and journalist Mark O'Brien, whose essay "On Seeing A intercourse Surrogate" used to be tailored right into a significant movie titled "The Sessions," which used to be published national in October 2012.

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Can {here be any one subject, any one source of cheerfulness and joy, at all to be riompared with the heavenly serenity and comfort, which such a person must find, in holding communion with his God and Saviour in prayer—in addressing God as his Father, and, more than all, in the transporting hope, of being preserved unto everlasting life, and of singing praises to his Redeemer when time shall be no more. O I do indeed feel this state of mind at times; but, at other times, I feel quite humbled at finding myself so cold and hard-hearted.

That one thus eminently watchful and holy, who, " counted all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus his Lord," should speak of himself in the strongest terms of self-condemnation, will appear incongruous to those 45 only who forget that the prophet, who uttered in the presence of Jehovah the words of submissive devotion, " Here am I, send me," exclaimed at the same time, in the lowly language of contrition, " Woe is me, for I am undone, I am a man of polluted lips;" and that it was when the Laodiceans ceased to know that they were " wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked," that they became defective in zeal for the glory of their Saviour.

Having long listened with no small degree of pleasure and profit to Mr. Simeon as a preacher, Henry now began to enjoy the happiness of an admission to the most friendly and unreserved intercourse with him, and was in the habit of soliciting and receiving on all important occasions his counsel and encouragement. By Mr. " The great advancement which he had made in genuine piety at this period, from intercourse with real Christians, and above all from secret communion with his God, is discoverable in the following extracts from two letters—the first dated September 15, 1801, and addressed to his earliest friend; —the second, written a few days afterwards, to his youngest sister.

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