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Eine harte Liebe (1984)

von Elisabeth Elliot

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Using her own life as an example, Elliot guides singles of both genders and of any age on how to put their love lives under the authority of Jesus Christ.
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This is not another "dating and relationships" book. It is a powerful devotional book that hits on many aspects of dating and relationships. . . . The challenge issued in this book is not legalistic; the appeal is not made to the body or the mind, but to the heart, that your affection for Christ might overshadow all others as it should. This sounds harsh at first, but the lives of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot bear witness that they were among the "wise servants" who would rather have oil in their lamps than to displease their Master, or to go after any other lover.

I highly recommend this book to any young believers who want to follow Christ into (or during) a relationship. ( )
  Shockleyy | Jun 6, 2021 |
I'd say that it has been an amazing read, and went in a direction, not unlike the author's experience, that I wasn't expecting.

For those unfamiliar with the book, "Passion and Purity" recounts Elizabeth's (Bett's) relationship with her first husband, Jim Elliot, both whom fallen head-over-heels for each other. In contrast to a various rom coms, novels, sitcoms, culture, etc., while feelings were felt very quickly (within months), they did not get married much later - about six years later.

They met in college, and for all intents and purposes, they were the "ideal couple". Both God-fearing and training for ministry. Both were putting God first. However, this account, much like Elliot's "The Path of Loneliness" is raw. Their waiting was far from easy, and between reading Bett and Jim's letters, as well as other folks' questions to Elizabeth, their emotion was palpable and extraordinarily relatable. As a man, it gave me some valuable insight of a lady's mind even when things are being done "right". Difficulties in, but commitment to, trusting God are laid out, which provided much encouragement for me, and I'm sure others, as I faithfully walk along God's will. There were also many moments of conviction in how I was going about things, and some points for me to think about.
It's a long journey, and the book ends in marriage. But I also knew that Jim is eventually killed on the mission field about a year after their marriage (described in "The Path of Loneliness). In light of that the book really challenged me to see the hand of God in Bett and Jim's relationship, while at the same time empathizing with their emotional and spiritual turmoil in the midst of being faithful.

Everyone should give this book a read if you looking for an example how a man and woman can come together clothed in the love of God, and how God sanctifies that natural love to become much more like Biblical love. Moreover, it helps you see how natural love is not inherently sinful, but rather beautiful when brought under the subjugation of Christ. Finally, I'm certain that the book will address a number of questions that consistently come up in 21st century relationships, such as intention, patience, and navigating distance.

Go read "Passion and Purity". ( )
  redeemedronin | Dec 28, 2020 |
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Title: Passion and Purity
Series: ----------
Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Counsel
Pages: 192
Words: 40K

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From Wikipedia

Published in 1984 and written by Elisabeth Elliot, is an evangelical Protestant book, part manifesto and part autobiography, on the subject of romantic relationships. The book recounts Elliot's friendship and romance with missionary Jim Elliot, beginning in the 1940s and ending with his death in 1956. Elliot uses anecdotes from her relationship with Jim to expound on her views concerning "pure, Christian relationships" and the practice of "waiting on God" for romantic timing and direction.

The late Ruth Bell Graham, wife of popular evangelist Billy Graham, wrote the preface.

My Thoughts:

I read this for the first time back in 2000 when I was single and desperately trying to not be single. That was a very different time in my life from now and I read this now to see how things had changed more than because I thought I needed to read this book.

I will say, besides being saved by Jesus Christ, getting married was the best thing that ever happened to me. Books like this helped me stay the course during those tumultuous hormone years when all I wanted was to give way to my baser desires.

So this time around, it was like looking back down a mountain side. This book is written to single people who are dealing with keeping their purity and walk with God while navigating the world of courting/dating. It was a fantastic reminder that I have not always been where I currently am. That in turn gave me hope because it means that I am not always going to be where I currently am either. God has plans for each stage of our lives.

It has spurred me on to go look at some marriage counsel books by Dr. James Dobson to see what advice is given to married couples. While we're doing just fine, heading off things before they happen is the best way to keep things going just fine.

★★★★★ ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Oct 16, 2020 |
non-fiction
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
I am a Christian and I agree with the ideas brought forth in this book, and I also have really enjoyed Eliabeth Elliot's devotionals. However, I found the style in this book sometimes difficult to jump into. ( )
  elephantine | Nov 27, 2015 |
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