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Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity

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I crafted every portion of you and I am delighted with my work. I have a purpose and a plan for your life, and I will walk with you every step of the way. Will you trust me? When you think of purity, what comes to mind? Perfect behavior? Impossible standards? Everything focused on waiting for that special guy? If so, you’re not alone. The good news is purity isn’t just a l ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 28th 2011 by Zondervan (first published December 27th 2011)
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Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pure Love, Pure Life: Exploring God's Heart on Purity is a non-fiction title for young teens and up regarding the Biblical aspects of remaining sexually pure until marriage.

I was really impressed by the way Elsa Colopy tackles the subject, and the voice she presents in her text. She comes across as very open and approachable, but not too buddy-buddy and not too parental. I think this is a very fine line to walk, especially if you're an adult trying to speak to teens about anything regarding sex
May 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I grew up in a Christian home, a pastor's home in fact. I've been in Bible studies, church services, conferences - you name it - and I've pretty much heard it all when it comes to the subject of purity. As a 22-year-old, I feel like a lot of what I've heard over the years is outdated and comes from people who haven't really "been there" or "experienced" the world I live in. A world of temptation and a world where purity isn't always the most "popular" option. Elsa's book on purity really hit hom ...more
Patty Hearts Dave
Mar 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Elsa Kok Colopy was raised in a family that went to church. She was a boy crazy elementary student. She was looking for her knight in shining armor that she saw in all the tv shows and movies that she grew up watching. When she got into her teenage years, she began having sex. As an adult, she got married, had a child and got divorced. She realized that she needed to turn to God. She saw that He wanted to be her knight in shining armor. Slowly, she turned back to Him. She discovered that living ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I am a Christian teenager, and to be honest this book really opened my eyes. It had so much meaning and words of comfort. This book tells about how even though someone might have made mistakes in the past that God still loves them and wants only the best for them. This book would be wonderful for any teenage girl, it could help set them on the right path, bring them to our Father in Heaven or closer to Him. This book is full of TRUTH, a
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every teen girl
Recommended to emma by: Z Street Team
Shelves: nonfic, christian, arc
This book is amazing! It breaks down purity onto parts and gives all the info on the subject as possible. It's also great because real stories are shared... It's so encouraging and it has helped me SO much. I especially liked the part about how guys feel the same way about it as I do- sometimes I get afraid that my future husband isn't going to be able to save himself, so that was great to read.
Overall, i thought this book was really awesome. Thanks, Z Street Team for letting me read this!
Kathy Russo
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Goodreads First Reads Winner

Pure Love Pure Life explains author Elsa Kok Colopy’s journey to purity. It gives the reader a chance to see how to get on or not stray from the path to purity.

I am not a person of faith, yet I truly enjoy reading books on the subject to see how others view it and also because the works are usually exceptionally well-written. Pure Love Pure Life is no different.

This is a book geared toward teenage girls, but it can be beneficial to anyone who reads it. Colopy points
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Truth be told, if I hadn't received this in First Reads, I probably would not have picked it up. With that being said, I will admit I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked this book. I expected it to be a little preachy and it wasn't. The author managed to cover topics in a way that reminded me of talking with an older adult who was trying to give me guidance. I am nowhere in the age range of the target audience of this book, it's labeled as Juvenile Fiction, I am 25. I would recommend ...more
Jalynn Patterson
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When you think of purity, what comes to mind? Perfect behavior? Impossible standards? Everything focused on waiting for that special guy? If so, you re not alone. The good news is purity isn t just a list of don ts don t think that way, don t look that way, don t act that way. It s a God-designed plan for a happy life. Honest, humorous, and real, Pure Love, Pure Life provides practical tools to help you navigate the temptations and frustrations you face every day, stories from gir
Jill Williamson
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review by Jill Williamson

There are, like, a thousand books on purity out there, and I’ve read a lot of them. What I felt was different about this book was that it got me thinking about purpose, which is one of my life passions. God has a purpose for each of us, whether we believe it or not. And he is asking us to seek him out and trust him.

Lots of people think that believing in God and living for him means that we have to follow a long list of rules. When I first started following God, that’s w
Jan 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Lowdown: Wouldn't it be great to live a pure, undefiled life? In today's culture, a truly pure life is hard to find. Being pure has as much to do with the spiritual as it does the physical. In this truthful, to the point book, Elsa Kok Colopy shares her story of her deep pit of heartache, and the awesome love of God that pulled her out of it. She shares techniques on how to avoid lust, and how to maintain your purity. She uses God's love letter to us as her ultimate resource, and shows how G ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this via Goodreads.
I wish I could have read this as a young teen - Colopy's writing is like talking with a dear aunt or older family friend whose been through some different things and acknowledges that staying pure isn't all that easy. Unlike a lot of other books that try to hammer home the whole "if you really love God this is easy," crap, this books explores different situations teens might encounter and how to honor God through your responses to them. It
Gabrielle W.
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Though the book is written for teenage girls, I feel that anyone can find this book to be very, very useful.
I'm in my twenties and I found this book very intrusting.
The book lays out the reason why you should stay pure. In today's culture, a truly pure life is hard to find.
But Elsa gives great examples of how and why to stay sexually pure. She refers to the bible a lot, which I like because I want nothing more than to live a godly life and please God.

This will be a book I will share with frie
Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book on, and slowly made my way through it. I don't think I am a very religious person, but this book still made sense and was interesting to read. It does talk about God and the Bible, and is based on religion, but it is easy to understand and is not just scripture. The author shares some of her life story and stories from others on living the pure life. It made a lot of good points and was worded in a way that got your attention. I found the journal or discussion quest ...more
May 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book.

Being a teen in this time is hard because so many people are pressuring for sex and making it seem like we have to do things in order to "fit in."

But this book was so inspirational in understanding WHY we choose to stay pure. Because you can't just say "God wants me to." Well, WHY does He want us to? What's the reason?

Not only did this book provide practical tools in being pure, but it also showed how much God loves me and why waiting is such a beautiful thing.

I reco
May 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh my stars.... I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! This is my second book on purity (even though I'm a happily married woman of 8yrs.) because I have a teen daughter that I need to be able to relate too and this book was the key!!! This book made/makes it so easy to talk, share and be real in our daily walks with temptation around every corner and on every television screen... Thank you Elsa for keeping it real with today and what we're all facing everytime we walk out our doors!!! Whether young or old, single ...more
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding book not only for Youth but for parents and Youth Leaders as well.
It is great more religious leaders are speaking put of the immorality among all but particularly youth.
Elsa has presented this topic with a light, refreshing but down-to-earth approach.
The youth can follow the guidelines and record their thoughts feelings and actions as they follow along with the instruction and scenarios.
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to own
Mar 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
First of all I’d like to thank and the author for the free book.

What a great book to read and right before Easter too! It is a book that makes you think of your decisions and helps you figure out how to overcome certain situations. Although it has some nice examples of different life situations I was hoping that the author might share more about her life. It seems like her story might be of helpful for women who have made mistakes and need affirmation that it's not the end of the w
Apr 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012
My sister had given me this book to read. I read it just because she asked me to.

If I was a teen and read this book, wait no if I was a teen I would never finish reading this book. It is a easy read but it's deffinetly not persuading me to live a pure life.

This would have been a better book had the author written more about her lif, it seems like she might have a good story to tell. Yet she writes of other peoples experiances.

My sister owes me for my lost time reading this book.
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this book. I'm older than the target age group, and I read a lot of these types of books as a teenager. But this one was different- real and relevant and interesting. The author's writing style was great, too- engaging and never boring. I felt like I got a lot from this little book. :) I especially like that it emphasized emotional purity (as well as physical purity), because I think that's something that is often overlooked.

*I won an ARC of this book through First Reads.*
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am thrilled to have read this gem of a book, and to have it as a resource to recommend to others. In college, I leaned heavily on Elisabeth Elliot's Passion and Purity, and this book is the Passion and Purity for the new generation. I hope that many young girls benefit from its truth and wisdom and appreciate Elsa Kok Colopy's candid style.
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

This book is aimed toward teen girls. The author does not come off as preachy. She is open and real, having been there, being able to relate to the pressure to have sex and the modern view that waiting until marriage is outdated. She explains why she came to believe purity is important.
May 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Probably the most realistic and relevant book I have read on teen purity. Elsa hits the topics head on with an honest view of purity and why it matters. At the end of each chapter she has reflection/journal questions which were perfect for individuals or in a group setting. I lead a group of 15 middle school girls through this book and would recommend it to anyone looking to do the same.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is a great book for teenagers in a serious relationship! She is a great writer and rwrites the truth. I won this book through a give away on I will definately have my daughters read this when they are teenagers. She writes straight from experience and does a great job explaining why God wants us to stay pure. Awesome book! I am recommending it to youth pastors I know!
Feb 15, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good book, I really enjoyed reading it.
Sue Larson
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Would be a great required reading for all teen girls!
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I have been enjoying reading this book so far.
Feb 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book! Check out my review here: http://writingchristiannovels.blogspo...
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible-studies
Spring 2016: Ruthie, Payton, Zakiya
Jun 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book is not the usual kind of books I read. I didnt really like it because I am nit a very religous poerson. I think it was a good book to help people with purity though
Shannon Stitchman
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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