Copyright 2007 Kelsey Hough. All rights reserved.
Because there are so many relational/purity books in print, I think it’s easy for Christian singles desiring a Biblical world view regarding romance and purity to feel at a loss of where to even start reading. Most of us don’t have the time, money, or desire to wade through a stack or relational/purity books looking for a few diamonds in the rough.
So where do you start if you’d like a thoughtful introduction to romantic relationships? I believe Elisabeth Elliot’s Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ’s Control is an excellent starting point for both singles and dating/courting couples desiring to, as the subtitle says, bring their love lives under Christ’s control.
In Passion and Purity, Elisabeth Elliot honestly and openly shares with the reader the story and lessons learned from her five-year courtship with Jim Elliot while addressing topics such as dealing with loneliness and impatience, how we’re to view singleness, putting God’s desires ahead of your own, men and women’s relational roles, the importance of purity, and much more.
I appreciate the fact that although Elisabeth Elliot talks candidly about purity and relationships, the way she addresses these topics is never inappropriate, so a preteen could read Passion and Purity without losing a piece of their purity and innocence in the process, and a single adult could read it without feeling talked down to.
Unlike some relational/purity books, Passion and Purity never makes the mistake of over-spiritualizing romance and relationships, but Elisabeth Elliot also makes it evident through sharing personal stories and journal entries she does understand from personal experience the joys and pains of singleness.
I originally read Passion and Purity in early high school. It was one of the first books I read on the subject of purity and relationships, and I found it challenging, thought-provoking and encouraging. I’ve since reread it several times, and in each new stage of life, I’ve found it just as applicable.
Passion and Purity has remainded my personal favorite relational/purity book on the market, and one I regularly recommend to other Christian singles. If you haven’t read it, I wholeheartedly recommend you give it a whirl.
Recommended Age: 13+
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