The Passion Principles: Celebrating Sexual Freedom in Marriage is written by Shannon Ethridge, the author of the best selling Every Woman’s Battle series.
The Passion Principles is a very comprehensive discussion on sex in the context of marriage from a Christian worldview. The book is organized into 40 different questions covering various aspects of sex within a marriage: the spiritual, the mental, the emotional, and the physical. All questions are addressed to help give wisdom and guidance to both the husband and the wife. To bring some balance to the male/female perspective, Ethridge shares thoughts from her husband throughout the book.
I especially appreciated the author’s heart to see individuals and couples find wholeness and healing from past sexual hurts, trauma, and misinformation. She approaches painful subjects like abuse, extramarital affairs, and divorce with compassion, grace, and truth. To illustrate and educate the principles outlined in the book, she uses emails and stories from those she has counseled in the past and her own personal journey.
Ethridge is not shy on the subject of sex and those who would consider themselves to be more conservative, may find this book a little too open and honest. She is very transparent about her own past and struggles both before and after she got married, but in my opinion she isn’t unnecessarily explicit for the most part. Although scripture is used throughout the book, I wouldn’t call this a definitive theological treatment on the subject of sex.
Overall I would say that this is a great and practical resource for both those in premarital counseling and those who are already married, regardless of whether or not you are struggling with intimacy in your marriage.
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