What was God thinking when he created sex? How can I move beyond my husband's past history with women? What if my heart is telling me I married the wrong person? Speaking frankly to husbands and wives, Ethridge offers 40 questions and answers designed to show couples how to achieve physical, mental, and spiritual intimacy.
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The Passion Principle: Celebrating Sexual Freedom in Marriage Shannon Ethridge
Book Summary: Move beyond the mechanics of sex to a rich and rewarding connection! God’s desire is for couples to enjoy vibrant sexual relationships without inhibition, awkwardness, fear, resentment, guilt, or shame. With honesty and frankness, life coach and best-selling author Shannon Ethridge opens the minds of both husbands and wives to embrace a lifestyle of passion and pleasure. Divided into four sections, The Passion Principles helps couples celebrate the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical dimensions of sexuality. Questions include: • What was God thinking when He created sex? • Why do humans think about sex so much? • Will there be sex in heaven? • How did we get such different ideas about sex and love? • How can I get past his or her sexual past? • How can I help my spouse heal from the sexual abuses he or she suffered? • What if my heart is telling me I married the wrong person? • How can we balance mismatched sex drives? Some chapters end with questions for personal contemplation or for couples to use as conversation starters, and other chapters end with prayers that foster a deeper spiritual and emotional connection, making this book a perfect guide to a more passionate love life.
Book Review: It was an interesting read. Good things about the book: it was an honest, straight forwards information about marital relations. There were numerous topics addressed and information about them in detail provided. She provides great comfort to many people who are seeking information and no one to turn to. When young people with or without experience sincerely seek information this book can provide them a place to turn. She is faithful to sex being between married couples. Her responses are direct and do hold to the sanctity of marriage. She is respectful to her husband and men as head of their households. Things I disagreed with: At times the Bible is not consulted. This began with due to Ms. Ethridge’s declaring that the Bible is silent on marital sex. I agree the mechanics are not touched. I hate to say this but sex is not the glue that holds a marriage together. In this sex drenched society it is easy to miss that sex is not everything. Love is a choice. To disregard what the Bible says about marriage is the heart of the problem. When a topic is ‘What if my heart is telling me that I married the wrong person?’ - regardless of the answer is trouble. This exposes the heart of how people think about marriage. It is not a commitment for the long haul, it is a consumer demand of what I want. While Ms. Ethridge does not negate that marriage is important. She has great love for her husband. Freedom to enjoy sex seems to be the overarching theme. Generally not a problem yet if this is all that one pursues eventually you will feel let down. I am glad that Ms. Ethridge and her husband have a giving relationship. That is what should have been discussed because that is the basis for her freedom. I would like to thank BookLook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
When I read the initial information provided to me about "The Passion Principles," written by Shannon Ethridge (published by W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson), I was excited about reviewing it.
The sub-title proclaimed this book to be about "Celebrating Sexual Freedom in Marriage." The endorsements inside the front cover lead you to believe it's a great book on the topic of sexuality for couples. And the other information contained on the book would cause you to assume their would be some significant content of a more profound nature that could greatly benefit the sexual relationship of couples.
Unfortunately, the hype and promotion of this book exceeds the actual content.
Having served as a minister and a clinical counselor for close to three decades, and having counseled thousands of couples (including in the area of sexuality), I have read some great works for couples on the topic of sexuality. This is not one of them.
To be fair, let me state there is some good information in this book, just not as good as it is represented to be.
Let's start with the title, "The Passion Principles." Nowhere in the book are there any kind of clearly delineated "principles" for the sexual relationship of husbands and wives. My best guess of what these "principles" are comes from the back cover of the book where it states, "Divided into four sections, The Passion Principles helps couples celebrate the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical dimensions of sexuality." The book is then vaguely divided into these four sections, but the content is made up of an odd and confusing format comprised of 40 broadly varying questions and answers to them. Some of the questions are of a more significant nature, but some are not. The questions range from, "Why does God say we have to be married to have sex?" or "Why is the Song of Solomon even in the Bible?" to "Why do humans think about sex so much?" and "What is the secret to staying together forever?"
The result of this random question format is disjointed and disconnected content that fails to congeal into a whole school of thought since there isn't any rational developmental flow of fully interconnected sub-topics.
Thus, the content is very inconsistent. Some questions are addressed with depth and useful information, while other questions are addressed in a far more elementary fashion. This could be because the author is identified as being a certified life coach, not as a clinical expert on a topic as significant as human sexuality. There are some stories in the book that can capture the attention of readers, but I don't think it could be said the book is uniformly written in a compelling manner.
I found there to be a lot of author opinion in providing the answers to some of the questions offered, and sometimes the answers to the questions are too light on providing scriptural substantiation for the spiritual matters raised. For example, on pages 57-59, Ethridge writes about a question posed to her, and things she contemplated, and stated spiritual answers without a single Bible verse to validate her positions. This book is theologically light, even though at times I found the writer's tone to be a little preachy.
If you're looking for something somewhat on the topic of sexuality that is more wandering and mediocre in substance, you may find some things you like in this book. But if you're looking for something with significant content that dives deep into sexuality in both a compelling and comprehensive manner, this is not the book for you. Either way, it's not a book I would recommend.
I received this book free from HarperCollins Christian Publishing as part of their BookLook book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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Review 3 for The Passion Principles
Date:February 24, 2014
Why yes, you did read that right. A sex book review up in here, woo! Before you start blushing, remember God created sex for husbands and wives to enjoy together. And that, my dear sisters, isn't shameful at all!!!
Shannon is a million-copy best-selling author, international speaker, and certified life coach with a master’s degree in counseling/human relations from Liberty University. Her passion for healthy sexuality actually began in Mortuary College. Her first career choice, becoming a mortician, led Ethridge to work on dead bodies. Many she embalmed were young people who had died from AIDS or committed suicide as a result of an HIV positive diagnosis. Because of her own promiscuous teenage years, she knew it was a miracle that she was standing over the embalming table rather than laying on top of it.
What I liked the most about this book is that Shannon holds nothing back, much like myself. She doesn't dance around a subject, skip the hard stuff or give a candy-coated answer. I could totally relate to this book from front to back. The questions on this book are questions we have all had at one time or another and Shannon answers are based on Biblical truth, what other kind if truth is there?
There are a few things the world (and the enemy) want to see fail. Christianity and marriage rank among the top of that list. And when you put them together, a Christian marriage, you get hit that much harder. The enemy wants to keep sex and intimacy in marriage in the dark so their continues to be disillusionment. Thankfully Shannon wrote a book that is full of grace, freedom and encouragement that matches with God’s plan for sex in marriage!
My favorite question that she answers...will there be sex in Heaven? What? The thoughts of that never even entered my mind, ever. So I was totally intrigued!
This book is an amazing read for engaged couples right up to couples married for 30 years. If you want to read an honest book of what is right or wrong, or normal or not when it comes to sex with your spouse you should consider grabbing a copy. It will open your eyes in a brand new way.
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Review 4 for The Passion Principles
On My List of Top 5 Marriage/Intimacy Books
Date:January 22, 2014
Finally! It was like a breath of fresh air reading Shannon’s latest books, The Passion Principles: A Celebration of Sexual Freedom in Marriage. I cannot express how much I loved The Passion Principles! Not only did she hit all of the hot and vital topics, she dove deep into scripture and God’s amazing plan for sex in marriage. There is great freedom and blessings for sex in marriage and sadly many of us have a skewed view. Thank you Shannon for finally writing a book that is full of grace, freedom and encouragement that matches with God’s plan for sex in marriage! Bravo and thank you for speaking truth and light into this darkness. The enemy wants to keep sex and intimacy in marriage in the dark so their continues to be disillusionment. I am thankful there are people like you willing to bring God light to it! Thank you, thank you!
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review.
I have read most of Shannon's other books and have enjoyed them. Actually, they have been life changing for me. So I was eager to review The Passion Principles.
What I like about Shannon is she holds nothing back, she doesn't skip the hard stuff or give fluffy answers. The questions on this book are questions we have all had at one time or another and Shannon answers are based on Biblical truth, what other kind if truth is there?
At the end of some questions (chapters) are a prayer you can do with your spouse or thoughts for your to ponder and discuss. What a concept. That's missing from so many marriages. Praying with your spouse is a huge step in making your marriage strong and having open conversations about sensitive topics is also so needed but rarely done.
If you struggle with what is right or wrong, or normal or not when it comes to sex with your spouse you should consider grabbing a copy. It will open your eyes in a brand new way.
A ebook copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.