Dawn Eden

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Dawn Eden is an American author and journalist who was formerly a rock historian and tabloid-newspaper headline writer. Her books are The Thrill of the Chaste: Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On (W Publishing Group/Thomas Nelson, 2006, ISBN 0-8499-1311-X) and My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints (Ave Maria Press, 2012, ISBN 978-1-59471-290-6). The Thrill of the Chaste has been translated into Spanish,[1] Polish,[2] and Chinese.[3]

Early life[edit]

Eden was born into a Reform Jewish household. She is the grand-niece of poet Alma Denny.[4]


Music journalism[edit]

Eden began writing about rock music under the abbreviated name Dawn Eden in 1985 for fanzines, eventually becoming a popular-music historian, writing for Mojo, Salon, New York Press, and Billboard, among others. From 1990 through the early 2000s, she penned liner notes for more than seventy CD reissues.[5] Artists she interviewed include Harry Nilsson, Brian Wilson, Del Shannon, and Lesley Gore.[6]

She spent years researching and championing the music and life of sunshine pop progenitor Curt Boettcher (1944-1987), and wrote liner notes for several compilations of the producer-musician's work.[7]

Religious conversion and subsequent career[edit]

In 1999, Eden had a "born-again experience" that changed her life. She experienced recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse. She subsequently wrote a 2006 book, The Thrill of the Chaste, documenting how her childhood insecurities led to her later life of promiscuous sex, a life she abandoned when she came to the realization that it "wasn't her salvation". Realizing that the life she had been living was a "false self" that she decided to let go of, she converted from Judaism to Christianity.[6]

She worked as a copy editor at the New York Post from early 2002 to January 2005. In April 2004, she wrote a headline about a toilet-bowl collapse that would win first place in the "Brightest Headline" category of the New York State Associated Press Awards: "HURT IN LINE OF DOODY."[8][9] She was forced to leave the Post after edits she made to a story about in vitro fertilization revealed her pro-life sympathies. The firing led the New York Observer to publish a front-page profile of her by George Gurley, "Eden in Exile."[10]

Eden was hired in April 2005 by the New York Daily News as associate news editor of its newly relaunched National Edition. She later became deputy news editor for the newspaper's new weekly regional editions, wrote its first column on blogs, and edited its regular feature "Big Town, Big Heart".[11] She was received into the Catholic Church in 2006,[12] and her book The Thrill of the Chaste was published that December.

Since the publication of The Thrill of the Chaste, Eden has spoken to college students and young adults in the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Poland, and at World Youth Day Sydney.[dead link][13] She has also appeared on EWTN and on NBC's Today Show.[14]

Eden left the Daily News in 2007 to move to Washington, D.C., where, in 2008, she was successfully treated for thyroid cancer.[15] In May 2010, she received an M.A. in theology from Dominican House of Studies after defending her master's thesis, a critique of Christopher West's presentation of Pope John Paul II's theology of the body. Three months later, after Alice von Hildebrand cited Eden's research in her own critique of West,[16] Catholic News Agency made the thesis available for download.[17]

Her second book, My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of the Saints, was published in April 2012 by Ave Maria Press.[18] In November 2012, she told the story of her conversion to the Catholic faith and spoke about healing from childhood sexual abuse on the Eternal Word Television Network television program "The Journey Home."[19]

Personal life[edit]

Eden formerly lived in Hoboken, New Jersey.[6] As of May 2008, she lives in Washington, D.C..[1]


  1. ^ a b Welsh, Vera (May 9, 2008). "La aventura de la castidad". CNN Expansión.
  2. ^ Dreszcz czystości. Wdrodze. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  3. ^ 貞潔的快感. wenzi.fes.org.hk. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  4. ^ Eden, Dawn. "Alma Mattered: My Great-Aunt's Lessons for Literary Survival". Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Dawn Eden Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c "An unlikely convert". The Union City Reporter. September 8, 2013. pp. 3 and 8.
  7. ^ Molotkow, Alexandra (August 11, 2013). "She Told Herself She Couldn't Die Because She Had to Write His Story". The New York Times Magazine.
  8. ^ "Department of Corrections: Howdy, Doody". Gawker. April 27, 2004.
  9. ^ Buffa, Denise (April 26, 2004). "Hurt in line of doody - exploding toilet suit". New York Post. Retrieved 2009-10-05
  10. ^ George Gurley (February 14, 2005). "Eden in Exile". New York Observer.
  11. ^ "Big Heart". New York Observer. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  12. ^ Eden, Dawn (February 27, 2009). "UPDATED WITH MEMORIAL DETAILS: Remembering Francis Canavan S.J.—Part 1". The Dawn Patrol. Blogger.
  13. ^ [1]. ebenedict.org.[dead link]
  14. ^ Eden, Dawn (March 2, 2008). "The thrill of the chaste: In defense of sexless dating". MSNBC.
  15. ^ Eden, Dawn (August 25, 2008). "Orientation day". The Dawn Patrol. Blogger.
  16. ^ Alice, von Hildebrand. "Dietrich von Hildebrand, Catholic Philosopher, and Christopher West, Modern Enthusiast: Two Very Different Approaches to Love, Marriage and Sex". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  17. ^ "Dawn Eden releases free copy of Theology of the Body thesis on CNA". Catholic News Agency. August 10, 2010.
  18. ^ My Peace I Give You. Ave Maria Press. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  19. ^ Eden, Dawn (November 13, 2012). "WATCH NOW: My interview on EWTN's 'The Journey Home'". Patheos.

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