Would you care to give us a synopsis?
Commentaries, Yea, Not particularly. I felt as though it confirmed what i already "believed" in.
if anyone is in the montreal area, Christopher West is going to be giving a lecture on it
I've read the Introduction to Theology of the Body by Christopher West. I thought it was a great book.
Basically, it shows the Father-Mother-Child trinity as a reflection of the Father-Son-Holy Spirit Trinity, and thus the sanctification of the family. Regarding our relationship thusly, the sinfulness of things like masturbation and contraception become much more apparent. It's an excellent explanation of Catholic teaching on human sexuality.
Possibly because I've an odd streak,
The "Catholic Position"...fully clothed, facing away from each other, while kneeling in prayer on opposite sides of an empty bed.
I highly recommend picking up Man and Woman He Created Them, if you have the stomach for some kind of heavy duty reading. If you're looking for an application of those principles, Christopher West does a pretty good job and his books are more accessible, but which isn't quite the original.
I read Man and Woman He Created Them, over a long period of time, and found it very rewarding. You might want to find someone else to read it with and discuss it (if you're married, your wife might be a good candidate, if not, other Catholic friends work.)
It really does a good job of pulling together Catholic teaching on sexuality into a unified whole. It uses the analogy in Scripture of the Church as the Bride of Christ to reflect back on our human relationships and it winds up painting a beautiful picture of who we're called to be. I guess having grown up in a very JPII influenced environment, I've always sort of instinctively felt that the controversial Catholic ideas about sexuality were correct, but reading the book really clarified things, made it easier to stand by it when challenged, and has made me more motivated to try to live that out when/if I get married (and, to the extent it's applicable, now).
My life has definitely been changed by ideas best described in Theology of the Body, though I confess that I have not read it, but read derivations of it (chiefly among them, Holy Sex! A Catholic's Guide to Infallible, Toe-curling Sex). I hear that Christopher West's book on the topic is quite good, as well.
The primary concern for most Catholics I think is to understand that Church's teaching on sex. To really think about it, one must be amazed at how many well-meaning Catholics have no clue that contraception is gravely immoral. Having learned that Catholic view on this areas well (they are quite simple, really), Theology of the Body is not even on my lengthy list of religious books to read. I would recommend Crossing the Threshold of Faith, Light of the World, or the much longer and denser Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict.
But if you read it, do let us know what you think.