Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Passion Principles by Shannon Ethridge

It's no secret that long-lasting marriages are hard to come by these days.  And what's one of the most common reasons for marital tension? Sex. It's a topic that is sensitive and sometimes hard to talk about.  Most of the information we do get is from the media, which is often very misleading.  That's why this book is so needed.  The Passion Principles is the most well-rounded, straight-forward book about sex that I've read.  Written in a Q & A format, Shannon answers 40 frequently asked questions about sex from a Christian worldview.  The questions are divided into 4 sections which explore all aspects of sexuality: Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical.

Shannon Ethridge has been researching, teaching, and coaching couples on the topic of sexuality for years.  She knows the issues and questions that often come up in marriage that are hard to discuss and overcome.  She shares many real-life scenarios in the text, letting the readers know that they are not alone in their struggles.  She is also very open about her own experiences.  Yes, the straight-forward talk may make you blush at times, but it's also very refreshing hearing the truth shared so openly.

If you decide to read this book as a couple, there are discussion questions and prayers following many of the answers.  Every couple is unique, so using these questions and applying the information to your marriage would be very beneficial.

Valentines Day is just around the corner.  This would make a great gift to give your spouse and begin reading together! (Oh, and be sure not to skip over the forward by Gary Thomas...he presents an analogy that will not be easily forgotten!)

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review.

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