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Monday, April 7, 2014

The Passion Principles Celebrating Sexual Freedom in Marriage

Book Description:

Move beyond the mechanics of sex to a rich and rewarding connection!

God’s desire is for couples to enjoy vibrant sexual relationships without inhibition, awkwardness, fear, resentment, guilt, or shame. With honesty and frankness, life coach and best-selling author Shannon Ethridge opens the minds of both husbands and wives to embrace a lifestyle of passion and pleasure. Divided into four sections, The Passion Principles helps couples celebrate the spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical dimensions of sexuality.

Questions include:

What was God thinking when He created sex?
Why do humans think about sex so much?
Will there be sex in heaven?
How did we get such different ideas about sex and love?
How can I get past his or her sexual past?
How can I help my spouse heal from the sexual abuses he or she suffered?
What if my heart is telling me I married the wrong person?
How can we balance mismatched sex drives?

Some chapters end with questions for personal contemplation or for couples to use as conversation starters, and other chapters end with prayers that foster a deeper spiritual and emotional connection, making this book a perfect guide to a more passionate love life.

Cafe Lily's Review:

This book could be a good resource for couples who are looking to strengthen their bonds of marriage and improve their sexual relationship.  The book is straight forward and doesn't shy away from the "hot" topics.  Just about everything you can think of is covered in this book, right down to practical tips for both husbands and wives.

The book is written for married couples, and stresses the importance of sexual freedom WITHIN the bonds of marriage. Shannon breaks it down into bare bones, straight forward, no nonsense information. It is highly unlikely that you will have to wonder what she is talking about, during any chapter in this book.

I didn't agree with everything presented in the book, but the author states in the beginning that some parts will be controversial.  She admits that at some point, she will probably offend readers but that is not her motivation.

I didn't find myself offended exactly,  but concerned that some of the information presented in this book could cause more issues in a marriage, rather than help.   I would never use this book in marriage counseling, or suggest it for a couple who is having serious dysfunctional issues with their sex life.

Overall, this is an "eat the hay, spit out the sticks" kind of book - take what you can learn from it and leave the parts you disagree with.   The main point of the book, according to the author is helping couples find a healthy sexual balance in their marriage. 

I would suggest reading it for yourself, however it is not something I would go out of my way to recommend. 

If you REALLY want to improve your marriage at all levels, I would strongly suggest that you check out Marriage Today with Jimmy and Karen Evans.  I would recommend any of their books, dvds, etc. without hesitation.


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