Hello Dear Readers!
I am one paper away from the completion of this term at college and the start of a month-long break from all things scholastic. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’m looking forward to this vacation! My fried brain will get some relief and I’ll have some much deserved time for other things in my life, like blogging! How about some regularity on this site, yeah? It’s coming, I promise :).
I just finished my final paper for my Interpersonal Communication class earlier today, in which I discussed relationships and communications from the perspective of a single woman. As a single twenty-something, this is a subject that is always sort of apart of my thought processes in one form or another. And as a single, twenty-something bookworm, I’ve often got my nose buried in some read about relationships, purity, and singleness. Over the past several months, I have read a a number of really, really great books in this genre and it’s about time I took time to write my reviews!
Passion & Purity by Elizabeth Elliot
Rating: 4.0 – 4.0
My thoughts: First word to describe this book – DEEP. The subtitle says it all: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control. Romance is one of the most personal areas of our lives and it’s so easy to forget that just like every area of life, it should be brought under the control of our heavenly Father. Agh! What a scary concept! But, if Christians are truly who we want to be, and Christian means to be a Christ follower, how can we do any less?
In Passion & Purity, Elliot tells her sweet love story with Jim Elliot through journal entries, correspondence, and memories. She shares the challenges, victories, mistakes and sacrifices they made as a young couple. It was AMAZING to see how much love flowed between them and yet how committed they were to making Christ their priority in their lives both together and individually even it that meant they weren’t meant to ever be married. I know, scary, yeah? I was on the edge of my seat, so to speak, on more than one occasion.
I loved how candid and real Elliot was. She didn’t mince words and used scripture to back what she said. Again and again she showed how the Word carried her through dark days and times of heartache. As a woman who is not a stranger to the cravings of romance, I found this extremely touching and encouraging.
Elliot proves that passion and purity can exist side by side, one doesn’t have to be sacrificed for the other, and God can reign over it all. She also proves that we do indeed serve a God of impeccable timing and He works all things together for the good of those who love and follow Him (Romans 8:28). We can trust Him with every area of our life, including, maybe especially, romance.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK A THOUSAND TIMES OVER. But I will warn you – it’s not for the faint of heart! You will be challenged and you will counseled. But trust me, it’s soooooooo worth it!