This book covers the core subject matter very well
June 26, 2013
The core subject of this book-sexual and emotional integrity-was covered very well. I'm glad that Shannon Ethridge has stepped out to address this topic so wholeheartedly. Apart from a couple of minor points that I thought lacked clear and accurate Scriptural support, I was satisfied with the overall study and would recommend it to other women struggling with the issues she addresses.
I chose to review Every Woman's Battle by Shannon Ethridge because I had heard a lot about it and I like the author.
I appreciate Shannon's honesty with her books, especially in this one. She doesn't beat around the bush she just gets straight to the point, which I like. This book covers sexual desires that women think about and while most people don't agree that just thinking emotionally about other men is adultery, it really does have an impact on who you are as a person and your relationship. That is probably the biggest thing I got from reading this book, how the mind is extremely powerful.
Shannon talks about how you may not cheat on your husband or boyfriend or whoever physically but you are mentally and emotionally. I really enjoyed her perspective and the different verses she includes to back up what God thinks on these issues. Married or not, any woman could read this book and walk away with something new to think about.
"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."
I'd wanted to read this book for a while. When I finally got around to it, I was disappointed...
I love how each chapter ends with Scripture, and Shannon Ethridge (the author) quotes Scripture throughout the book. Appropriately . For women who are struggling with sexual and emotional temptations/sin, only God's Word is the Truth that will set them free.
It was a very difficult book for me to read. She has a friendly style of writing, so I'm not sure exactly where my hang-up was... There were a few sections in the book where I marked up the margins ( i.e. I disagreed heatedly with the author. ), but not enough to keep me from recommending the book to a friend who is bombarded by and struggles with such temptations. Here's one section where I disagreed with her:
"[In Matthew 22:37-40] Jesus was saying that the law isn't what is important. Love is what is important. If we love God, love our neighbor, and love ourselves (in that order), then we can live far above any set of rules or regulations. We have freedom to live apart from any legalistic standards when we live by the spirit of love." (p. 28)
My response (in the margin): If we love God, neighbor, & self, then from that love, we obey His law!
I didn't work through the workbook (which is in the same binding with my copy), but it looks doubly beneficial. I think the application concept would make this book more suitable for me. Since I struggled with reading through the book so much, I would have to give it about a 3 on the 5 star scale.
I received this book for free via WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The perspectives above (not quoted from the book) are entirely mine.
Very very important book for women to read! We think we have it easy when it comes to keeping our sexual integrity intact but we don't, there really is so much more to it than just not sleeping around. Well written! Shannon Ethridge speaks from personal experience so you know she's not just writing something she made up that doesn't actually mean anything. Very highly recommended, especially for use in a women's small group.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.