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Passion and Purity: Learning to Bring Your Love Life Under Christ's Control

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  10,965 ratings  ·  296 reviews
Very few books on dating have stood the test of time like Passion and Purity. Its much-needed message remains strong and hopeful in an age when doing whatever "feels right" is common practice. Using her own life as an example, Elisabeth 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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Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published 1984)
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zhuangman
This is my second time reading this. In my first attempt, I think I had zero interest...this time, it's with a spirit of brokenness that opened my heart to what Elisabeth Elliot has to say about love and relationship.

Some said that her standards are too high... perhaps that's how purity is; it's either achieved or not at all.

What if that just how HIGH God's standard is anyway? What if it is meant to be possible for every single one of us?

If you already have in mind what love is all about - th
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Jason Sixsmith
What a breath of fresh air. In a society plagued with hedonism an earnest Christian can find great difficulty in knowing how to find a spouse. Between this book and Joshua Harris' " I Kissed Dating Goodbye" it became a relief to know that I was not alone in my disapproval for post-modern romance.
Charles
I have to say that this is the second most influential and beneficial book I have read (after the Bible). Not only is Mrs. Elliot an extraordinary writer she has the amazing gift of wrapping a story inside of a group of ideas that once discovered seem so natural and plain.

While reading this book, I was overwhelmed emotionally. Many times I was crying, at other times celebrating. But ultimately I was taken aback by such a wonderful story of two young people who so relied on the Lord that they wer
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Jason Shuttlesworth
Mar 12, 2012 Jason Shuttlesworth rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: esther swaty
Somewhat hard to read, nevertheless interesting. I agree with 100% of everything she says and if everyone took her advice, society would be much much more stable. It seems like the best idea in the world to never tell a girl 'I love you' unless you're next few words are 'Will you marry me?'

I think this is what my situation will be like...unless I join a monastery first.

The book really makes you realize how valuable chastity is. I saw the Hope Diamond on display the day after I bought this book.
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Meagan
Passion and Purity was recommended to me when I was attending Christian College right after high school. It's been just over 6 years now since I read it so I don't remember everything about the book but I do remember it being one of the best books I read that first year or Christian College and my very first tattoo was because of a line in the book that said "If your life is broken when given to Jesus it's because pieces can feed a multitude." That has been one of my favorite quotes since I read ...more
Nellie Anne
Good message, but I disagree with details. I think Elliot's overall message is good and true. As a single-but-waiting-on-the-Lord 29-year-old, I agree with the ideas of waiting on His timing and leading. I also disagree with much of what goes on in modern relationships, and think it needs addressing. However, my issues with this book are that, first of all, Jim Elliot was rather pompus in his pursuit of Elisabeth. I hate saying that, since he was a martyr for the cause of Christ. Men are the spi ...more
Hannah
I was between twelve and fourteen when I read this book with my older sister. At the time, I found it to contain far too much passion and not enough purity. Today, all I can remember are stories about them sitting as close as possible together, etc. (before they decided not to do that anymore) and quotes from his letters to her that I found very disturbing at the time. He talked about how much he longed for her physically and that was the only side I could see to their relationship. When they go ...more
Sharon
This book was alot different than I expected, but was good overall. Elliot teaches us principles on waiting on the Lord and trusting in His timing, His promises and His plan from a very "girly" perspective. She shares her own dating/waiting, "already-not-yet" story of her relationship with Jim Elliot.

The book is filled with stories, letters and her own personal journals. It's a fast, interesting and intriguing read-- and whoever reads this (well, girls mostly) will grow to really be encouraged
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Josh Miller
Several years ago, a respected friend in the pastorate (my youth pastor when I was a teen), recommended this book to me and told me it was the best book he had read on the love/dating/marriage relationship.

I tucked that tidbit of knowledge in the cranium and jumped at the opportunity to read this book when it came my way. I personally am not familiar with this level of Christianity when it comes to man/woman relationships. She writes of the path/journey with which she & Jim Elliot came to be
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Christine
I read this about a year and a half ago. After looking at the subtitle, I was like, "Ummm… is this for me? I don't have a love life, but I guess one day I will so I guess it won't hurt to read it." Since I've never dated and have high standards for myself and my future husband, I thought this book would not convict me, but I was wrong. So much of this book can be applied to every area of life. "Do I love God more than anything and everyone? Would I be willing to give up someone I love for the wi ...more
Julie (julie37619)
I read this book in high school and college when I was single, and thought it would be fun to reread it as the "book released in the year I was born" for the SBC. I thought I'd find it interesting to reread what I had highlighted and written in the margins when I was single now that I'm married, but didn't expect to get just a ton out of it since it's written for those who are single.

However, the book speaks so much to waiting, trusting God, and letting Him sustain you, that I ended up being rea
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Stephanie Allen
Nov 30, 2008 Stephanie Allen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Stephanie by: Mat Jones, Katie Ellis, Amanda Soto
This is a wonderful, marvelous, fabulous, awesome book! I wish I had read this years ago. It would have saved me a lot of heartache and pain, even in my current relationship. This book teaches you how to be patient in singleness, how to love passionately and still remain pure, and how to conduct yourself in a godly manner. I have so much more respect for my boyfriend now than I did before I read this book. Jim Elliot, Elisabeth's first husband (he was killed in South America, in the mission fiel ...more
Sarah Fowler
Such an honest, timeless view on a topic everyone thinks is so unique to themselves. The story of the beautiful, God-honoring courtship of Jim and Elisabeth Elliot should be required reading!

I read this in high school and wasn't spiritually mature enough to get a lot out of it. When I started to re-read it I almost quit because there's a lot in the beginning about women's desire for marriage, being willing to stay single, etc., which is just not something that's very hard for me. I'm glad I stuc
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Sarah
"I have spent the event by a little pool which held the silent sky in its heart. There was no ripple, no stir. Lord, let me be that pool."

Elisabeth Elliot has this marvelous ability to put the most profound and heart-stopping pieces of wisdom into succinct prose. Anyone who complains that they cannot wait, that they are lonely, that they worry, will be immediately reprimanded by the story of Elisabeth and Jim, waiting for God's will. I will definitely be reading this over again.
Caleb
It has been awhile since I have read a "purity" book. I was excited to read it after hearing great things from a friend. I had heard of Jim Elliot before and seen the movie End of the Spear, but I didn't know that his wife, Elisabeth Elliot, has left quite a legacy of her own, through writing over twenty-five books! Although Jim died over fifty years ago, he lives on in the writings of Elisabeth.

Elisabeth Elliot writes an atypical work compared to other Christian purity literature. Many of today
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Havebooks Willread
If you have a teenager, if you are a teenager, if you are not married. . .what am I saying? If you desire to surrender every area of your life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, you need to read this book.

In Passion and Purity, Elisabeth Elliot shares the struggles and victories she and Jim encountered in their commitment to give their lives to the Lord before giving them to one another. As he served on the mission field and she attended college, they wrestled in their individual relationships wit
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James Njoroge
“Unless a man is prepared to ask a woman to be his wife, what right has he to claim her exclusive attention? Unless she has been asked to marry him, why would a sensible woman promise any man her exclusive attention? If, when the time has come for a commitment, he is not man enough to ask her to marry him, she should give him no reason to presume that she belongs to him.”

Wow! I'm greatly rebuked and encouraged at the same time. God help us walk in purity!
Alex
As some who is very familiar with backsliding, this book was a shift kick in my mental teeth.
But I needed it.

After watching me waiver in my faith and make bad decision after bad decision for years and years, my sister and father (separately!) offhandedly suggested that I read this. During a short trip home in late August, my sister (one of the only people I can say that I believe is truly living life for Christ, day by day) slipped it into my suitcase. When I unpacked it (along with a few Joshua
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Natalie Baker
As a complete newbie to Elizabeth Eliot, I really loved this book. I admit though, I already felt connected to her in that she is an alumni of Wheaton, which has been my dream school since freshmen year. I recommend this book to any young woman, high school, college, or twenty-something, who wants to please God.

This is not a book just about relationships, as I thought when I picked it up. This is an open and honest book about romantic relationships in the greater context of God's truth and good
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Annie
Re-reading this now and being really encouraged by her words and her heart, and how she is quicker to listen and submit to the Lord over her own emotions and understanding. She is not fluffy, but she is eloquent, and she does not gloss over hardship, yet she continually puts her hope in the Lord through his word--and it is beautiful and encouraging.
Corinne Rivera
Perfection. What a wonderful story. Inspired me greatly and gave me hope. The Lord does care about our love life. And if they can have such a beautiful story, I can have one too! Also very challenging. As soon as I finished this book I wasn't feeling a strong desire to get married, but to give up my life and the possibility of marriage to God and say, "Here! You can have it! All I want is you! I'll get married if you want me to, I'll stay single if you want me to! I just want your presence. You ...more
Caitlin
The first half or so was really powerful and helpful, but the love story between Elisabeth and Jim Elliot seemed to drag on at the end while there became less life application. I found the book really convicting though and would definitely recommend it.
Nikki
One of those "once you pick it up, you can't put it down" books. I read it in 3 days. There's much to learn in here, but after hearing a guy who read it say he felt more confused about women afterwards, I think I would maintain that it's probably most profitable for Christian women. I, for one, am very grateful she wrote the book. The thing that inspired me most was not merely the way they went about their relationship, but rather their Christ-centredness. From around my age, they were so passio ...more
Alex Dwyer
This is easily my favorite book on relationships because there is such a clear call to wait on God and his timing.
April
This book was a bit difficult for me, probably mostly because I'm a millennial and Ms. Elliot is not. I think this book could have benefited from a healthy dose of humility rather than glorifying the couple's love for each other and their particular way of doing things (which is always assumed to be God's way of doing things). My favorite thing about this book is that it is honest and realistic about the struggles of giving up our own wills for the Lord. In my experience, it's pretty unique in i ...more
Anita Byrne
This is mostly about Elizabeth Elliot's dating life with her husband. Good example, not very much advice.
Becky
Maybe I need to re-read, but at the time, didn't really connect with the book at all.
Heather Rasmussen
some favorite quotes:

we have planted (in our integrity) the banner of our trust in God. the consequences are his responsibility.

(regarding how an acorn becomes a tree, kind of a parable-- from that to becoming a huge oak tree (his will for us) )
'the lesson of the seed had not been fully learned. there must be relinquishment. there is no way around it. the seed does not 'know' what will happen. it only knows what is happening- the falling, the darkness, the dying. ...we were yet far from the dep
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Rachel Crooks
This isn't really just a book about relationships. There's something about it that makes me suspect that I have carried the same consumerist attitude I have picked up from culture into my faith: i.e. whatever I desire must be from God, and He is there to give me what I desire.

Elisabeth Elliot wisely showed me a God who is bigger than just someone above me who can give me things and answer my prayers. I learned that if I live my faith with the attitude of a consumer, I will miss some of the great
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Luann Habecker
I recall reading this in jr high/hs.. i was so distracted. it was all theory then. now being married, i have moved from theory to reality and this is resonating with me all the more as a wife. i see how vital submitting to our Lord is. If you resist and struggle to do so prior to marriage, i suggest that you will resist & struggle to submit to your Lord via your husbands leadership within marriage.


I was quite befuddled as i continued to read how Elisabeth and Jim were going about things. Mor
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From the Author's Web Site: My parents were missionaries in Belgium where I was born. When I was a few months old, we came to the U.S. and lived in Germantown, not far from Philadelphia, where my father became an editor of the Sunday School Times. Some of my contemporaries may remember the publication which was used by hundreds of churches for their weekly unified Sunday School teaching materials. ...more
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“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.” 173 likes
“I do know that waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts. Its easy to talk oneself into a decision that has no permanence – easier sometimes than to wait patiently.” 99 likes
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