Thursday, March 8, 2012

Book Review: Every Woman's Battle by Shannon Ethridge

Shannon Ethridge's book Every Woman's Battle: Discovering God's Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment is just one of the Every Man Series you have no doubt seen or heard about.  The book contains 12 chapters broken up into 3 parts and a workbook in the back for further study.  Basing much of the work off her own struggle for sexual purity, she brings out several key points in her book that I particularly liked.
  • men are not the only ones involved in a battle for sexual integrity
  • women may not struggle with pornography to the same degree as men, but some explicit romance novels leave them just as guilty
  • women need to guard their minds and emotions from leading them down a path into an affair
  • allowing ourselves to compare our husbands with the other men around is a dangerous practice
  • women need to set up boundaries to help protect their marriage
  • God desires a close, personal relationship with every believer - and that is ultimate fulfillment
 While she had many more "good points," I found it difficult to follow her line of reasoning throughout the book as a whole.  I often disagreed with her and sometimes felt her concepts were more pragmatic than Biblical (and maybe even contradicting herself in parts of the book, though not intending to).

 She wrote in one part of the book about steps to take after realizing you have fallen into an emotional affair.  As part of the steps, she never makes it a necessity to confess the sin to your husband.  However, later in the book she seems to make it clear that this is a necessary step, at least when confessing sinful relationships that happened before you were married.  Again, she never laid the Biblical foundation at the beginning, so it is no wonder that things get a little confusing.

One chapter of the book entitled "Retreating with the Lord" started out good, and she encouraged women to get away periodically just to spend time alone with God.  But then I just felt she went too far.  She spoke of "dating" Jesus and gave examples of people setting up a table for 4 and having dinner with all the members of the trinity.  She mentioned laying in bed and imagining having Jesus "stroking my hair."  I don't want to offend anyone who may be able to relate to this, but I just found this weird a little too much for me.  

 I do believe this is a topic that needs more attention.  I was hoping this would be a good book for a group study, which I think is the intent of the book, but I was very disappointed.  Considering how wildly popular this series is -- I may be in the minority.

3 out of 5 stars

I received a free copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program through Waterbrook Multnomah Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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