Thursday, 11 April 2013

Book Review: Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot

Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's ControlPassion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control by Elisabeth Elliot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Plot Summary:
Very few books on dating have stood the test of time like Passion and Purity. Its much-needed message remains strong and hopeful in an age when doing whatever "feels right" is common practice. Using her own life as an example, Elisabeth Elliot guides singles of both genders and of any age on how to put their love lives under the authority of Jesus Christ.

Passion and Purity covers dating issues such as:
-how to know which person is the right one to marry
-loving passionately while remaining sexually pure
-the man's and woman's role in relationships
-putting God's desires ahead of personal desires
-how far is too far, physically.



My Opinion:
This has got to be one of the best books on the subject that I've ever read! Elisabeth Elliot humbly weaves her own personal experiences with scriptural teaching to show that true love, true passion and true purity is not only possible but also enriching when we surrender this area of our lives to the Lord. I found this book so helpful and insightful and seriously recommend it to anyone!

Quotes I loved from it:
“I do know that waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts. Its easy to talk oneself into a decision that has no permanence – easier sometimes than to wait patiently.” ― Elisabeth Elliot


“If we hold tightly to anything given to us unwilling to allow it to be used as the Giver means it to be used we stunt the growth of the soul. What God gives us is not necessarily "ours" but only ours to offer back to him, ours to relinguish, ours to lose, ours to let go of, if we want to be our true selves. Many deaths must go into reaching our maturity in Christ, many letting goes.”Elisabeth Elliot

“By trying to grab fulfillment everywhere, we find it nowhere.”Elisabeth Elliot

“Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering. The love of God is of a different nature altogether. It does not hate tragedy. It never denies reality. It stands in the very teeth of suffering.”Elisabeth Elliot
 
“We are not meant to die merely in order to be dead. God could not want that for the creatures to whom He has given the breath of life. We die in order to live.” ― Elisabeth Elliot

“But the question to precede all others, which finally determines the course of our lives is What do I really want? Was it to love what God commands, in the words of the collect, and to desire what He promises? Did I want what I wanted, or did I want what He wanted, no matter what it might cost?” ― Elisabeth Elliot

“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.” ― Elisabeth Elliot

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