Item description for Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control by Elisabeth Elliot, Joshua Harris & Ruth Bell Graham...
Overview Learning to bring your love life under Christ's control.
In "Passion and Purity," Elisabeth Elliot emphasizes the need to commit daily to Christ all matters of the heart and to wait upon Him. She teaches this often painful yet rewarding discipline by candidly tracing 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 sacrifies 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. "Passion and Purity" gives honest direction in such areas as:
*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
Publishers Description 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
This best-selling book now has a new cover, an updated interior design, and a foreword from popular author Joshua Harris. Quest for Love will be redesigned in a similar manner to help readers identify the books as a pair. While Passion and Purity shares the love story of Elisabeth and Jim, Quest for Love is a compilation of stories on how other men and women discovered love through God's direction. Together, these two remarkable books accentuate our need to commit daily to Christ all matters of the heart and to wait on his timing.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Apr 5, 2012
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0800758188 ISBN13 9780800758189
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More About Elisabeth Elliot, Joshua Harris & Ruth Bell Graham
ELISABETH ELLIOT, well-known author and speaker, is the author of The Music of His Promises, Keep a Quiet Heart and dozens of other books. She and her husband, Lars Gren, live in Massachusetts.
In The Author's Own Words...
My parents were missionaries in Belgium where I was born. When I was a few months old, we came to the U.S. and lived in Germantown, not far from Philadelphia, where my father became an editor of the Sunday School Times. Some of my contemporaries may remember the publication which was used by hundreds of churches for their weekly unified Sunday School teaching materials.
Our family continued to live in Philadelphia and then in New Jersey until I left home to attend Wheaton College. By that time, the family had increased to four brothers and one sister. My studies in classical Greek would one day enable me to work in the area of unwritten languages to develop a form of writing.
A year after I went to Ecuador, Jim Elliot, whom I had met at Wheaton, also entered tribal areas with the Quichua Indians. In nineteen fifty three we were married in the city of Quito and continued our work together. Jim had always hoped to have the opportunity to enter the territory of an unreached tribe. The Aucas were in that category -- a fierce group whom no one had succeeded in meeting without being killed. After the discovery of their whereabouts, Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death.
Our daughter Valerie was 10 months old when Jim was killed. I continued working with the Quichua Indians when, through a remarkable providence, I met two Auca women who lived with me for one year. They were the key to my going in to live with the tribe that had killed the five missionaries. I remained there for two years.
After having worked for two years with the Aucas, I returned to the Quichua work and remained there until 1963 when Valerie and I returned to the U.S.
Since then, my life has been one of writing and speaking. It also included, in 1969, a marriage to Addison Leitch, professor of theology at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts. He died in 1973. After his death I had two lodgers in my home. One of them married my daughter, the other one, Lars Gren, married me. Since then we have worked together.
Elisabeth Elliot currently resides in Magnolia, in the state of Massachusetts.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Passion And Purity?
A very enlightening book Mar 8, 2007
This is not another "don't have sex until you get married" book. During all the pages, Elisabeth Elliot explains God's point of view concerning love life through her own love story with Jim Elliot, her first husband. It has some concepts, but they are deeply explained in a very simple and beautiful way, and of course it makes the reader to think about when he/she has done it right and when not.
It's very helpful to get inside your heart, your intentions with one person or another, to see and maybe even judge your past and encourage you to take what God has to offer -no matter at what cost. I definitely recommend this book!
Well written, good point, tough reading (male perspective) Oct 5, 2006
After I finished reading this book (which took my about a week, I didn't want to rush through it), I took a look at the one star reviews here. Not to discredit anything that they all have said, but I don't believe that any of those people read the book to the end. One person says that she doesn't believe that Jim was not attracted to his "beloved Bett" and used her to fulfill his selfish needs. If you want a rough translation of a few chapters from the Song of Solomon, read the chapter entitled "Love Letters." You'll then realize why many pastors didn't give sermons from that book up until recently.
A few others have said that it doesn't apply to our lives today because it's outdated and "old fashioned." Well, last time I checked the Bible was old fashioned and outdated. Yet, those of us who call ourselves followers of Christ still live our lives by it. We live in a society that wants instant gratification. Neither Elizabeth or Jim stopped what they were doing. Their work in their missions fields never deviated until the doors were closed in Africa and they both were in South America. They waited for God's timing. If they just got it over with (like Paul suggests to the Corinthians) they may have never gone to South America. Their ministry would've been totally different!
This book has a lot to offer and I would recommend reading Jim's Journals along with it. I certainly recommend reading it carefully. It does encompass 5 years of their lives. It would not be a bad read for teenagers too. Of course, if you're the parent, read it first and make the decision when your child is ready for the book. It may not apply to where they are with their walk with God.
I myself found it difficult to read and found myself hating it at times. Probably because it was slightly convicting. Everyone should read this book whether you agree with the principles that are laid out in the book or not. That's what it is, an "old fashioned" principle to live by which is, again, still in the Bible. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might." That is the underlying principle to the book. Even if they had not gotten married I'd bet anything they would still be willfully ministering in God's name. It would've been tough, but they would've done it.
Oh, and yes, Elizabeth is right. It is a turn off to have the girl do all the work in the relationship. :P
Life saver Jul 14, 2006
I am an African who first read Elizabeth Elliot's book "Passion and Purity" when I was a newly divorced mother of four. I was in my early thirties then and lived in Africa. Although I was raised as a Christian, I have never heard that it was possible to not date as I was influenced by western songs and western movies to think that dating was the norm. What I found, much to my surprise, when I started dating as a single mother, was that my body was different - perhaps because I had given birth. I could not control myself when I when I started being physical with a man. I had to go all the way, even though I was a Christian. My biological urge was greater than my sincere convictions about Christ. Then I read Elizabeth Elliot's book, and the light came on!!!!
I now live in the Northwest Territories in Canada, and I met Elizabeth Elliot's nephew who used to be a pastor here. He forwarded a letter from me to her, and she wrote a letter back to me. I am now 56, and still not married, but I so value her advice in her letter to me, which was that I seek first the Kingdom of God. That to me means that I do not have to look for Mr. Right. God will bring him to me in His time. I feel very peaceful therefore.
I have bought Passion and Purity for a couple of churches which I have attended in Canada. I have also given her book to some young women. I am currently in the process of writing to the various school boards in the Northwest Territories, telling them about this book, as the rate of venereal diseases is very high here. I want them to at least plant the seed in people's minds that one does not have to date. I have also listened to a tape from my church which said that dating is a North American idea. In Britain, so it said, people used to go out in groups. I do know one church in Edmonton where they encouraged going out in groups among the youth.
I am immensly grateful to Elizabeth for turning me into a pure woman. For me, it is strictly no dating and no touching until marriage.
The Value of Listening to Wisdom from Our Elders. Jul 10, 2006
The wisdom that Elizabeth Elliot provides for her readers in this and her many other titles, proves our societies need to stop pushing aside the "aged" wisdom of our Parents, Grandparents and wise people of their generation. This woman who is portrayed in the film "End of the Spear", knows through the deep sacrifice of losing her young husband, Jim Elliot, how to 'bring one's love life under Christ's control'. Instead of wasting her life in ongoing self-pity, she strikes out to minister to the needs of the same Auca tribe that killed Jim and his fellow missionaries. Then as life goes on she meets another love in her life, Addison. After being married a only a few years they discover Addison has terminal cancer and he only has a short time to live. Once again, after Addison's death, Elizabeth does not turn to anger, self pity or blaming God. Instead, this woman who has lost two men that she loved deeply within a short period of time, turned to helping other women who had gone through similar situations to see how important it is to put Christ at the helm of one's life and allow Him to control the sometimes painful side of a person's love life. Then once again God brings another wonderful man into Elizabeth's life and they were married. Imagine the doubts that haunted her about losing another beloved husband and friend. Instead Elizabeth brought her love life under Christ's control and left it there, as she knew that, because of her previous experiences, she could trust him to control her love life more than any other mere human. "Passion and Purity..." is no mere collection of thoughts on this subject by one who feels they have some ideas on the subject. Nor is it a treatise by an individual who has researched the subject well. It is the wisdom of a woman who has faced those challenges, personally, not once, not twice, but three times. She speaks from experience and wisdom that I have never seen before. We need more writers of her depth and experience. Thank God for Elizabeth Elliot!
putting your love life into the right perspective Mar 22, 2006
Elisabeth Elliot uses her own experiences to express to the readers where our love lives should stand in our priorities according to God's will. It is not a simple book of wait and trust in God. She writes about her own difficulties and struggles and helps give hope and encouragement for whatever stage our love lives are in as well as showing how her faith and trust were rewarded.