Passion and Purity
Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control
From the foreword by Joshua Harris:
“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–above our immediate preoccupations, above our longings for human companionship to the Maker who created us for Himself.”
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 going too far, physically
Insight from Elisabeth Elliot
Can deep passion for someone of the opposite sex be held within a pure heart? Elisabeth Elliot says “yes”, and proves it from her own experience. Perhaps no other book shows so candidly how Christ has given singles sufficient grace to walk with Him in matters of the heart and its yearnings for satisfaction with a partner. If you want to teach young people how commitment to God takes priority over even the most intense love, or your teenager says “I can’t control my feelings!”, this is the book for you.
In Passion and Purity, Elisabeth Elliot emphasizes the need to commit all matters of the heart to Christ and wait on him. She teaches this often painful yet rewarding discipline by candidly tracing her love story with Jim Elliot. It is more than sufficient 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.
About the Author
Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was one of the most perceptive and popular Christian writers of the last century. She is the author of more than twenty books, including Keep a Quiet Heart. She also collected her deceased missionary husband’s writings and compiled The Journals of Jim Elliot. Mrs. Elliot offered solid biblical guidance and encouragement to millions of readers on any topic about which she wrote. After Jim’s death, she returned to Ecuador to evangelize the very people who murdered him.