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5 Stars Out Of 5
Totally worth the read.
May 11, 2012
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 what I wanted, believe it or not. I wanted to the rules. I wanted to be sure that I would never mess up my life again. But that's not how it works. We all mess up, whether we love God or not. And Elsa gets that. Man, do I wish I had read this book when I was a new Christian!
Elsa walks us through all the questions a teen girl might have. It's not about setting impossible standards or being perfect, it's about loving God and letting God love you. It's about learning his plan for your life and embracing that. Can you imagine? God loves you and wants to give you a purpose while you're here on this earth. How cool is that?
This book is filled with practical advice, true stories of girls who've struggled, and discussion questions to get you thinking about how to apply all this to your own life. Totally worth the read. I highly recommend this one.
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 pure was what she thought, did, saw, and chose to experience. After twelve years of being a single mom, she met her husband and they kept their dating relationship pure. They choose not to be sexually involved until they were married.
Pure Love Pure Life explains Elsa's journey to purity. It also shows the reader had to stay or get on the path to purity. This is a book geared toward teenage girls, but it can be beneficial to anyone who reads it. Elsa points out that God not only wants us to be sexually pure but also pure in heart, mind, and body. This book focuses on sexual purity but Elsa explains that everyone needs to have an all-around pure life in God. She makes the point that you need to know why God wants you to stay pure, if you are going to stay pure. There are Bible verses throughout this book that show us how to live pure. We learn there are benefits of purity and consequences of impurity. This book is great to show that we should be getting our view of sex from God and the Bible not from music, television, magazines, or the Internet. At the end of each chapter there are discussion/journal questions to help bring everything together. There are questions and answers at the end of the book on subjects that weren't discussed in the book.
This book doesn't preach to the reader. The author has "been there and done that". She wants to keep others from making the same mistakes. She gives great examples of how and why to stay sexually pure. I would definitely recommend this book for teenagers before or after they start dating. This book will help parents get a better understanding of how to discuss boy/girl relationships with their children. The most important point that Elsa makes is that because you haven't always lead a pure life it doesn't mean you can start living it now. The saying "Today is the first day of the rest of your life!" holds true.
I received a free copy of this book from ZStreet for my honest review.
Thank you, Elsa Kok Colopy for an excellent book on the benefits of waiting for intimacy until marriage. Every sentence is one I would say to each of my grandchildren and am planning to give them all a copy of the book as they mature. Your real-ness (I know that's not a word) made each word you said be more important. Thank you for deciding to deliver this message in very understandable and relatable terms. Bravo to you on this one!
That may be the lie the enemy plants in your mind when you read the title of Elsa Kok Colopy's new book, PURE LOVE, PURE LIFE: EXPLORING GOD'S HEART ON PURITY.
How do I know it's a lie? Because I know teens. Because I know adults. Because I know the stories of broken hearts and bad relationships, of fear and failure, of marriages set on a shaky foundation because of past sin. And because I believe God intends us to have so much more.
As a MOPS author and former editor for Focus on the Family's Thriving Family magazine, Elsa Cok Colopy has a direct line to the impact purity--or the lack of it--has on marriages, families, and personal life. She also knows how to speak to teens and young adults. As she opens her heart, readers reap the blessings of her transparent, encouraging style.
Instead of focusing on checklists or rules, Colopy points readers towards God's desire that our lives express His heart. Since true purity comes from within, she helps readers focus on the attitudes behind their actions, adding plenty of practical tips and real-life examples along the way.
Freedom shines through this book which covers more "what-if" questions and individual situations than I anticipated. Each chapter ends with a set of discussion/journal questions appropriate for individual and/or small group study. I especially loved the final chapter, which sets forth all kinds of appropriate ways readers can pour out their passion as part of the pure life God intends.
Another book on purity? One that both challenges you and equips you to live the life you long for? Check it out!