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Every Woman's Battle: Discovering God's Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment (The Every Man)

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Your sexual needs are far different from your man's.
And they may be more dangerous.

When does an affair begin? Not with the first forbidden touch…but with the first forbidden thought. Unexpectedly, you find yourself enjoying a powerful emotional bond with another man. You feel like you matter to someone again. And the door you thought was locked so firmly–the door to sexu
Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by WaterBrook (first published January 1st 2003)
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Ylva It assumes that every Christian woman is either married or single, but it is mostly about married women. I believe there's "Every Single Woman's…moreIt assumes that every Christian woman is either married or single, but it is mostly about married women. I believe there's "Every Single Woman's Battle" especially for single ladies. Other relationships than marriage are not covered in this book. (less)
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May 09, 2009 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a companion to my husband's books "Every Man's Battle." He has struggled with porn addiction since before we met and got married. I have never had a problem with porn or knew anyone who did so I wasn't aware of its effects. After being married for several years I have come to see how it not only effects the person but everyone around them. So I ordered him the Man's Series and I decided to order the woman's version to read and see what women deal with. It really opened my eye ...more
Zee Kapia
May 09, 2012 Zee Kapia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sex is gift freely given unto us by God to enjoy. But because we live in a perverted world; we abuse and misuse this beautiful act to satisfy our selfish needs. As a young woman I know just how difficult it is to remain pure. Everybody thinks you're a freak when you say things such as "I'm a virgin" or "I'm saving myself for marriage". Friends treat you like a social outcast and the guy you think loves you for you is after that on little thing you're guarding with your life. The media adds insul ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Susanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book to have as a resource for opportunities in the future to help women. I did a quick read through it and thought it has a LOT to offer, especially for women who regularly interact w/ men in personal friendships or in the workplace. It gave a lot of good questions to ask yourself in various situations to expose the motives of your heart and provide protection. I think it's easy to assume "nothing will ever happen to me," but that's not an accurate assumption. This book can off ...more
Melissa Elizabeth
Jul 10, 2009 Melissa Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women looking for an honest wise approach to sexual/emotional fulfillment and integrity
Recommended to Melissa by: A church leader
I think there is a lot of wisdom in this book, some of it should be taken with a grain of salt and definitely read in context. I also think that an updated version would be helpful as, while she writes about sexual/emotional integrity from a single perspective, it definitely feels like it was written for older married women stylistically (terms she uses, and examples are a little outdated for my taste). A fresh perspective with the same good wisdom would be much appreciated in my opinion. But ag ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Kayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s funny how God works. I had looked at this book at a local Christian bookstore, wanting to read it and quite nearly buying it. However, I knew it would likely only go on the shelf and wait for me to eventually get around to reading it. Two days later, I looked at the available options on WaterBrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books page, and saw that it was listed! I was able to save $7+tax by volunteering to review this book! God is good.

So what did I think about this book? I love how each cha
Thought provoking in a good way. I appreciated the candor with which the author handled topics that I have seldom (sometimes never) heard addressed in Christian circles. I felt that there was a good balance between addressing outward behavior as well as heart issues/motivations. Some parts I heartily agree with, other parts, not so much. Despite any shortcomings, this book is a good resource and would be helpful to women seeking greater (inward and outward) emotional and sexual integrity.
Apr 30, 2008 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Even though this book is aimed at women, I found it very informative as a man. understanding the differences in how the two sexes view sexual temptation was enlightening. A "must" read by anyone who wishes to have a more fulfilling relationship with there significant other, or who plan on having one.
Jul 23, 2013 Bicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE that this book blows the cover off the little lies we tell ourselves. An excellent read that exposes the subtle but dangerous justifications we make for our discontent in marriage and the ways it can manifest itself. Speaks to the HEART of the matter, helping you stay pure of heart before God. A must-read for every wan on earth.
tracy mo
Apr 02, 2007 tracy mo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel like this book really doesn't describe "every woman's battle". It probably works well for some women, but I didn't really feel like it was applicable and the "battle" made it seem like there was just one.
May 12, 2009 Chandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women
Shelves: non-fiction
really really great book. i recommend it to any woman -- single or married. lots of honest and practical advice on how to develop healthy relationships with men in general and your husband specifically.
Michele McCarthy
Feb 28, 2008 Michele McCarthy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every woman
Recommended to Michele by: me
A must read for every woman. Shannon is not afraid to speak about the hard issues women face and should guard against. I wish I would have read it years ago. This is not a book for the timid. It is a book for women who want purity in their hearts and minds.
Dec 06, 2008 T.n. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very insightful into women's psyche and internal sexual turmoil that is hard to admit.
Mar 09, 2017 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So glad I read this book. There are so many great things to think about. Good book for single or married. Your thoughts are so very important. Guard your mind & your heart.
Abbie Riddle
Jan 12, 2012 Abbie Riddle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in May of 2011 we bought a copy of 'Every Young Woman's Battle' as we had a teen aged girl living with us at the time. Being familiar with the book 'Every Man's battle' and 'Every Young Man's Battle' we were confident that the book would be solid. The same was true when I saw this book for review: having read the other books I was glad to get a copy of this one too.

The author does an excellent job exploring a subject that has too long been tabu to talk about. I have found this to be a sad s
Sadie-Megin Daniels
I did not like this book. I did not finish it because I did not like it. (If I don't finish a book it isn't always because I dislike it but it was true for this book.) I picked it up because somewhere along the way someone recommended it to me. I don't remember who but I'm sure their intentions were good.

The first thing that didn't sit well with me about this book (and the others in the series) is that it claims to be for "every woman" (or "every man" depending on which book you're reading). Bu
Aug 11, 2013 Jaylee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity, reviews

This book is very similar to all the other books I've read like it... it's full of "Every woman experiences x, y, and z" when I don't experience any of those things, and "Every woman wants this and that," when I want neither. When I was younger, these kind of things would drive me into identity crises over whether or not I was girl enough or whatever.

Like all other books like this, when you tell people that you disagree with the book, they get very defensive o
Fernanda La Salye
Considerar a mulher casada absolutamente imune aos efeitos da cantada de outro homem é uma demonstração de total falta de conhecimento da natureza humana, em especial da feminina. É certo que a maioria das mulheres é preparada cultural e historicamente para manter-se fiel (a traição masculina, mesmo sendo uma afronta diante de Deus, costuma ser mais tolerada pela sociedade machista). Também não há dúvidas de que o amor verdadeiro gera confiança mútua.

No entanto, algumas esposas aparentemente seg
This was a very powerful book. There are so many "self-help" books out there for women and I really believe that this is not one of them. The reason I say that is, it not only improves your life, but those around you. Self-help books are just that; only helping you. This book wants you to seek our a better relationship with your husband. This book was eye-opening because there are things that we don't realize that "we" as women struggle with. Most of the time you have people telling you that you ...more
Aug 15, 2014 April rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It gets two stars because parts were slightly helpful, but I think this book misses the mark in several ways. First, it relies on my personal ability to keep my shit together sexually, emotionally, mentally, with God's help as a handy afterthought. I believe that true change is by God's hand. Yeah, I get it, there are some practical steps I can take to avoid/overcome sin, but any real change in me starts and ends with Christ. Second, I felt it didn't adequately address men and women talking to e ...more
Feb 24, 2016 Yolanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book really helped me understand a woman's emotional needs and realize that they are created by God for a purpose. All human emotions are from God and are to be used to help us understand Him and not just to get a momentary pleasure for ourselves. I've taken a long time to read this book because there is a lot to absorb and learn. It takes what the Bible says about love, sex, marriage and commitment and teaches how to apply this truth to my life and overcome a lot of past hurts. I v ...more
I think this is a great book for any Christian woman to read. Whether you are married, unmarried, or are in/not in a relationship, you can take something away from this book. This author knows what she is talking about because she has been through a lot and she sets the standard high for the way you should live your life in a God honoring way. The purpose of this book is to teach you to live a pure life and to draw closer to God. I borrowed this book and definitely want to buy it because it hone ...more
Though there was perhaps some modern psychology, most of it was fairly Biblical and practical. It's something good for women, married or not, to read to help them resist temptation. Some of the advice for married women was more intimate than I really needed to read about, but I read it to think of the future if I ever get married (probably her "Every Young Woman's Battle" would be more suited to me). Overall it was convicting and a good reminder of some things I had heard before.
Sarah Ott
May 09, 2010 Sarah Ott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith-based
Maybe it's just me or the point that I'm at in my life but I didn't see much of this applicable to me. I do agree though that we measure the men in our lives by the men in our friends lives and the lives we see portrayed in books and tv. I also approve of the fact that obviously there are women who struggly sincerely with these issues and its awesome that it can bring a whole ton of women together and acknowledge and openly and honestly discuss their struggles.
Aug 23, 2007 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: christians interested in womens issues
This book was just ok for me. I see the value in it for women that fit the "comparison" struggle mold and if that is you, I TOTALLY recommend it. However, I didn't feel it was one of the more life changing books I read. She does give some practical practices to avoid comparison and draw closer to the Lord. I read this while dating Chris and reading lots of dating books and it has been a good tool in understanding lots of women but overall, it was just ok for me!
Mar 25, 2016 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author did a great job of outlining the kinds of temptations and struggles with chastity that afflict women and her explanation of the root causes was spot on. Unfortunately, I thought some of her theology was a little wonky as was some (not all) of her solutions/suggestions. Still worth the read!
Stephanie Thode

I didn't like the first part of the book. It honestly made me mad the way those women thought. I guess because it took me so long to find Mister Right I can't imagine thinking about anybody else or getting emotionally involved. This book has made me anticipate my wedding night even more. I'm thankful for what God has given me.
Aug 09, 2008 Kathryn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marreid Women
Recommended to Kathryn by: Jenny L. 3 or 4 years ago
Shelves: christian
Let me first say that this book is really geared towards married women, which I am not, so that has to do with why I found some parts slow/not relevant etc. This is probably why they came out with a version called Every Young Women's Battle later. I thought that for the most part the author gave very sound advice.
Nov 16, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Every Christian woman, married or single should read this book, I guarantee most women don't even realize they are in a battle when it comes to what our culture and world teaches us about sex and marriage. I am so grateful God urged me to sign up for this bible study at church, it has taught me so much.
Karla Owen foisy
This book is one I would recommend to every newly married woman. No one expects to be unfaithful, but that might be the reason it happens so often. Ethridge speaks with women about being prepared when temptation comes their way. Temptation is usually not a blatant sexual invitation as much as a slowly-developing friendship increased innocent flirting and attention.
Jul 15, 2012 Leanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The description of this book doesn't do it justice. I had put off reading it for a long time because I thought it only had to do with preventing affairs. It does talk about that, but so much more as well.
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Shannon is a million-copy best-selling author, speaker, lay counselor, and advocate for healthy sexuality with a master’s degree in counseling/human relations from Liberty University. She has spoken to youth, college students, and adults since 1989 and her passions include:

* Challenging adults and teens to embrace a life of sexual integrity
* Encouraging married couples in their pursuit of sexual
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