Dawn Eden (full name Dawn Eden Goldstein, born September 3, 1968) 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, Polish, and Chinese. Eden was born into a Reform Jewish household, but later converted to Christianity.
She 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 eighty CD reissues. Artists she interviewed include Harry Nilsson (his last interview), Brian Wilson, Del Shannon, and Lesley Gore.
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.
Religious conversion and subsequent career
In October 1999, Eden, by then an agnostic, had what she describes in The Thrill of the Chaste as a “born-again experience." Transformed into a “committed Christian," she gradually left the world of rock journalism.
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." 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."
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." She was received into the Catholic Church in 2006, 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. She has also appeared on EWTN and on NBC's Today Show.
Eden left the Daily News in 2007 to move to Washington, D.C., where, in 2008, she was successfully treated for thyroid cancer. 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, Catholic News Agency made the thesis available for download.
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. 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."
- Dawn Eden, "One Last Touch of Nilsson," Goldmine, April 29, 1994, reprinted on harrynilsson.com. Retrieved August 9, 2009.
- Molotkow, Alexandra, "She Told Herself She Couldn't Die Because She Had to Write His Story," New York Times Magazine, August 11, 2013
- Denise Buffa, Hurt in line of doody - exploding toilet suit New York Post, April 26, 2004. Retrieved 2009-10-05
- George Gurley, "Eden in Exile," New York Observer, February 14, 2005
- Ave Maria Press's official "My Peace I Give You" page
- Dawn Eden on EWTN's "The Journey Home"