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Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control Paperback – July 1, 2013
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From the Back Cover
"The book you're holding tells a very moving love story. It's honest. It's practical. But even as it addresses the real questions and concerns of single men and women it always lifts our gaze upward--to the Maker who created us for Himself."--from the foreword by Joshua Harris, bestselling author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye
We know we need to commit daily to Christ all matters of the heart and to wait upon Him. But so often it is a painful, lonely process that takes longer than we want it to.
In her classic book, Passion and Purity, Elisabeth Elliot candidly shares with you her love story with Jim Elliot as evidence that she has been there. Through letters, diary entries, and memories, she shares the temptations, difficulties, victories, and sacrifices of two young people whose commitment to Christ took priority over their love for each other. These revealing personal glimpses, combined with relevant biblical teaching, will remind you that only by putting your human passion and desire through His fire can God purify your love.
Includes honest, biblical direction on these important matters of the heart
•loving passionately while remaining sexually pure
•whether or not to marry, and who is the right one
•the man's and woman's role in relationships
•putting God's desires ahead of personal desires
•how far is too far, physically
In a culture obsessed with dating, sex, and intimacy, the need for Elliot's freeing message is greater than ever.
About the Author
Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was one of the most perceptive and popular Christian writers of the last century. The author of more than twenty books, including Passion and Purity, The Journals of Jim Elliot, and These Strange Ashes, Elliot offered guidance and encouragement to millions of readers worldwide.
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The subtitle "Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control" suggest an emotionless book of prescribed behavior to deal with Christian singleness. Passion and Purity is neither cold nor tactical. The strength of this book is that it is personal. At times it reads like great historical fiction as Mrs. Elliot answers the questions of modern single people by opening up the journals and letters of her youth and sharing her courtship with Jim.
The Elliot's courtship was intentional, Christ-centered, painful, beautiful and as humanly possible pure. This is not a how to book, but a why to book. The reality is we all know the mechanics of being pure, the challenge is holding onto our convictions in the face of ill-timed passion. I am grateful for the example of the Elliot's.
Elisabeth Elliot as an author proves herself to be wholly inspiring, convicting, and absolutely readable. Unwilling to part from her at this time, I have begun to read another of her many books. Single people and those who love single people should visit with Mrs. Elliot and her great God in this book.
I would recommend this book to young people before they begin dating. This book will help them to realize what they are doing when they sell their purity cheaply without the commitment of marriage.
This book deals, very frankly, with the feeling that a young couple can have for each other, but also deals frankly with the idea of keeping oneself for marriage and a life of true purity and passion within the marriage bed. A commitment that is promised and given to only one person, not passion for a one night fling, but passion for life.
A beautiful book!