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Your sexual needs are far different from your
man's.
And they may be more dangerous.
When does an
affair begin? Not with the first forbidden touch…but with the
first forbidden thought. Unexpectedly, you find yourself enjoying a
powerful emotional bond with another man. You feel like you matter to
someone again. And the door you thought was locked so firmly–the
door to sexual infidelity–is suddenly ajar.
The only way
women can survive the intense struggle for sexual integrity is by
guarding not just your body, but your mind and heart as well. Every
Woman's Battle
can help you learn to do that.
Using
real-life stories and examples from her own struggle, Shannon Ethridge
helps women like you–whether married, engaged, or planning to
marry someday--to:
·    
Understand the four unique components of female
sexuality
·     Discern the common myths
that keep women standing in the line of
fire
·     Design a new defense to protect
every aspect of your life
·     Cultivate
an unimaginable level of intimacy with your husband or
husband-to-be
·     Develop an affair with
the one and only Lover who will truly satisfy your innermost desires:
Jesus Christ
 
Written in the honest style of the
best-selling Every Man Series but with a uniquely female perspective,
Every Woman's Battle will lead you on a lifelong path to true joy
and fulfillment—sexually, emotionally, and spiritually.

 
Includes a comprehensive workbook for
individual or group study.

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Reviews for Every Woman's Battle: Discovering God's Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment (The Every Man Series):

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January 26, 2006

I read this book in disbelief
My church did this book as a group study and I read it in disbelief. Rampant assumptions were made throughout that all women have the issues and battles that the author stated she has had in her life. Not all women have dysfunctional families, fractured relationships with their fathers, and use their "feminine wiles" to catch a man merely for the conquest and affirmation of their own worth. To assume that each time I watch a movie or read a book and enjoy the story and the characters including the attractive leading man, that I am somehow in the wrong and should feel much guilt over it is also a bit too much for me. Another section blew her credibility way out of the water for me and that is the personal integrity issues with other men she mentions that she dabbled in off and on while she was serving on staff as a minister for almost 15 years. At the point where she gave detailed proper intimacy guidelines, my group gave up on the book. No one in our group could even remotely identify with any of this book except for the self-esteem issues. It is a rather elementary concept that a portion of a woman's personal self-worth is based on her looks. I am so shocked by the book as a whole that there is even a small part of me that questions whether every detail can even be taken at face value.
1

June 5, 2005

One Lie After Another
I've never read a book such as this in my life! It's more than

obvious how the author didn't bother to put any original

thought into the writing.Most of the book contains recycled

myths about men wanting physical fullfillment,women wanting

emotional fullfillment,men are aroused by what they see and

women by what they hear;Are they neighbors of John Gray?!!

What irks me is the assumption of women being passive,receptive,

given toward emotionality rather than sexuality.There's no way

the book can help a red blooded woman trying to cope with the

same temptatiuons a man has.Why can't the church accept men and women as equals,and not aliens to one another? Sure it can

help a woman whom has bought into being sexless,passive and

an emotionally empty;but who wants a life like that!!.

Time to grow a personality and brain Christian women and use

it.Too many churches praise the book as the gospel truth from

God.What kind of God would make two sexes so limited and

opposed to one another:I don't know such a God but apparently

these people believe would do so.I have to agree with the

other reviewers who say the book promotes sterotypes to keep

men in charge of women.One fact about born again men is,they

tend as a group to have exttreme dislike for sexual women - they instead try to objectify women as lustless objects without

any desire.
1

April 6, 2005

poor advice,assumptions,sterotypes
Reading the book was a task.I felt insulted as a woman on all

fronts.Firstly,the book sidelines any true sexuality in women.

All sexuality is said to have a starting point in emotional need,romance and dependency with the male as the hero or

savor if you will to help,protect and provide for the woman.

Women don't have sexual needs but instead use sex to obtain

a protective - understanding man - gag me.

The discription of a woman's sexuality is as follows: passive,

receptive,self obsorbed eeewww he's attracted to me! ah nothing about the woman facing sexual desire,nothing about

real temptatiion issues,irresponsible assumptions about how

women 'think and 'behave' toward men.I read it because I'm taking a sociology course on how sterotypes influence our

sexuality,gee there are plenty here!What I'm hearing from the

author is women have sex to keep men and secure a relationship

women use sex to get love. This idiotic simple minded thinking will only reinforce sterotypes and keep women and men on the

path to even more confusion and misunderstandings.What I'd call

endless chatter on a woman comparing a man to her husband and

romamnce is enough to make any sane reader sick.
3

March 8, 2012

some good points
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.
1

February 14, 2016

It is horribly incorrect. As a woman who works in a ...
I literally threw this book in the trash. It basically tells women that they can never, ever interact with a man safely unless he's her husband. It is horribly incorrect. As a woman who works in a male-dominated field I'd never even be able to do my job correctly while following the advice in this book. And, surprise, I'm happily married and have no problem being professional in my work and "gasp!" friendships! with men. We are all human beings with the ability to be grown ups, to make choices. I really didn't appreciate this book treating men and women like they have no common sense or ability to make their own decisions in life. It made me sick. Also, ladies, men can go without sex and not cheat on you. I promise. If he cheats on you because of that then HE is being wrong and horrible. It has nothing to do with you. You deserve better.
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April 12, 2005

Hard to read
I felt like I was taking a class in junior high from a

prudish teacher.What is this writer trying to convey to women about sexuality!He misses the boat when he rants about women

needing emotional connection before sexual connection.Didn't we all here this from misinformed teachers and friends as we grew up.There is nothing about real life situations here.When dealing with living breathing beings,one cannot think for a moment all women are the same.Written by a man who has a tough

time dealing with women as sexual creatures.I would not

recommend the book.Read "Good Girls Do" if you can find it.

It was one of the best books ever written about sexual desires

of real women!
1

October 27, 2016

It overly imputes bad motives for too many things and thinks strict rules ...
An oversimplistic and legalistic book. It overly imputes bad motives for too many things and thinks strict rules will solve any problem. Instead of examining issues from different perspectives, the author makes harsh judgements. She provided no new insight or careful examination of female sexuality. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
5

August 30, 2015

It took me in a different direction of my thoughts ...
It took me in a different direction of my thoughts. I was naive about myself, and about who I was. I'm so grateful my Husband encouraged me to read it, because we both thought it was to help me with my husband's sexual addiction, but it was more about me, as a woman, and how God made me. I'm really enjoying the knowledge that I have learned, from this book. Thank you for caring Shannon.
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January 13, 2012

Did not apply to this married mother
Every Woman's Battle: Discovering God's Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment by Shannon Ethridge is for women who plan to marry, are engaged or married... heterosexually, of course (this is a Christian book after all).

This book assumes that all women are at risk of having an extramarital affair and that, basically, it is only a matter of time before... oops, those panties just took themselves off and, well, you know the rest. I've never before heard of a concept of "sexual integrity" but apparently this is a big issue. Now why women who are not even married need to be thinking about how to prevent having an affair, I don't know. Because isn't the Christian teaching to not even have a sexual thought until the wedding night? So I'm confused about why there would even be any talk about extramarital affairs to women who are not even engaged.

I do agree with having a relationship with Jesus before being able to have a strong relationship with any person. That I wholly understand.

As far as the rest of the book? As a woman who has been married almost 10 years, dated that same man for 4 years before marriage, I did not find anything in the book that represented anything that I've ever gone through. I'm human, I've procreated and have two beautiful children to show for it... and I just have not gone through all these sexuality struggles that apparently all Christian women do.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Multnomah in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion here is my own.
5

May 09, 2009

I read this book as a companion to my husband's books "Every Man's Battle." He has struggled with porn addiction since before we met and got married. I have never had a problem with porn or knew anyone who did so I wasn't aware of its effects. After being married for several years I have come to see how it not only effects the person but everyone around them. So I ordered him the Man's Series and I decided to order the woman's version to read and see what women deal with. It really opened my I read this book as a companion to my husband's books "Every Man's Battle." He has struggled with porn addiction since before we met and got married. I have never had a problem with porn or knew anyone who did so I wasn't aware of its effects. After being married for several years I have come to see how it not only effects the person but everyone around them. So I ordered him the Man's Series and I decided to order the woman's version to read and see what women deal with. It really opened my eyes because although I have never looked at porn or been unfaithful to my husband sexually it showed me that woman can be unfaithful emotionally. When a woman is unhappy in her marriage she may begin an emotional affair with another man without realizing it. A nice man will come along and begin to say and do things that their husbands either don't or have long since stopped. Therefore, it starts out innocent enough but before long that man's nice words and actions end up leading her to a sexual affair. And even if she is strong enough in her values to not let it ever lead to a sexual affair in reality she has had an emotional affair because she is looking outside of her husband for her needs and thus has cheated herself and her husband out of their God given relationship. It is really eye opening and helps you to see to be careful with what male friendships you make and to nurture them with care and to make sure you aren't looking to them for fulfillment you should find in your spouse. ...more
5

April 10, 2014

:))
WOW! Is all I have to say! I wish I had this book many, many, many years ago....would've saved allot of heartache and mistakes. I highly recommend this book to every Christian woman out there. Shannon Ethridge brings up allot of things that we do and have no idea we are doing them, or maybe we do and gives scripture as to how God wants us to be. I plan on reading this book again and I already bought one and gave to a friend in a relationship and is at a loss, but this will help. I already know things I plan on changing in my life, to be the way God intended me to be.
5

July 12, 2011

Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I attended a Women's Retreat at my church about 3 months ago. Upon completion of the retreat, we were suggested to read this book. Once leaving to go home, I felt like everything my parents taught and showed me while I was a small child was confirmed. I still had questions. Mainly, I wanted to know how to become more intimate with Him while I waited for my future husband. I wrestled with this question for 3 months. I prayed. I just didn't know. This summer I was sent to an internship in rural TN, where I knew NO ONE. In order to pass my free time, I started reading books. Then I remembered that I'd been wanting to read it. I read a sample and was HOOKED! This book has helped me to face so many issues I've been faced with in the past. It has taught me as to why my thinking was always different from those around me. In addition, I know understand why I've been feeling so unfulfilled and had a craving but no idea what for. That craving is to have an intimate relationship with God. There points in this book where I had to stop reading because I was being convicted by the Spirit or I started crying because it was the God given Truth. I love that this book is so intricately tied with the Word. I'll be rereading this many times. I hope it enriches you as it had done for me.
1

September 24, 2013

Extreme Measures and Not a Good Workbook for a More Modern Women
While I respect Shannons views, she seems disconnected from a true single woman's life and intimate pursuits in the modern world. The author communicates in this book that any type of sex act (including masterbation) is absolutely evil unless your husband is in the same room. What?!?! Making love is a beautiful, spiritual experience designed by God. She lost me there.

For a woman who is looking for a true guide and workbook to achieve a healthy, intimate and Godly relationship, read Sex and the Soul of a Women. This book states that sex is a beautiful act design by God. Furthermore we should respect ourselves and use sex with our partner to worship Him. This author of this also proclaims that all should wait until marriage but does not make statements to have the reader believe she is evil.

Unless you are an extremely strict, devote, sheltered Christian (which I respect but am not), read and use the questions in Sex and the Soul of a Woman for a true healing and spiritual experience to help you in the search for a Godly relationship with your spouse or loved one.

While I'm sure this book has helped others, it definitely failed me.
1

January 26, 2018

Like, I'm a pretty traditional person...
This book is weird. Like, I'm a pretty traditional person, engaged, and was recommended by a pastor to read this. I found it to be horribly legalistic and out of touch. Like, the author used horror story after horror story of broken relationships to try and motivate readers to be sexually pure, and it's not effective. It really doesn't teach me how to prepare my heart, life, and sexuality, but instead is a poor attempt at an unrealistic rulebook, including rules that don't equip women in a workforce with men in it. I felt like the overall message was, "if you're married, stay away from all men, because you'll just end up fantasizing about them and then sleeping with them". I just don't think it's impossible for women to have some self control...

Sidenote to one line that really bugged me.
The author made is sound like listening to non-Christian music is a huge compromise in sexual purity, and suggested that the music is on par with the limitless poets in the mainstream music industry. Frankly, Christian music is not as entertaining as non-Christian music. Go ahead and like it, but to a classically trained conessiuer, who has high appreciation for good poetry, most Christian music sucks, and often focuses, ironically, on a self-centered person dropping christianeze. And villanizing non-Christian music is a low blow, because some of it is just fun and not all sexually charged. And no, Ms. Ethridge, after listening to it, I do not digress into a bunch of crazy, inappropriate fantasies. As someone once told me, "We're all made in the image of God. We are all creators; some of us just don't know it yet". People are made in the image of God (including these so-called anti-Christian arists of secular music), and the author made non-Christian people an enemy, when they are just people who haven't heard His voice. I found this premise of disrespect of His image unsettling, but found this to be a theme throughout the book. A pity that this kind of literature is so popular with Christians in the US.
2

January 27, 2016

Disagree with author
I was anxious to get this book, but after reading a couple of chapters, I don't know if I'll finish it. I wanted to see what she said about certain things and I totally disagree with her. I've done a lot of reading and research on one item in particular from various Christian publications/authors--and yes from a Biblical perspective--and she is totally on the opposite side of the fence. Her answers are too simplistic on some things and too rigid on others. I did not find it helpful and would not recommend it. Maybe it depends on exactly what your issue is that you're looking for help with.
1

Aug 11, 2013

CAN YOU BELIEVE I READ THIS BOOK???

This book is very similar to all the other books I've read like it... it's full of "Every woman experiences x, y, and z" when I don't experience any of those things, and "Every woman wants this and that," when I want neither. When I was younger, these kind of things would drive me into identity crises over whether or not I was girl enough or whatever.

Like all other books like this, when you tell people that you disagree with the book, they get very defensive CAN YOU BELIEVE I READ THIS BOOK???

This book is very similar to all the other books I've read like it... it's full of "Every woman experiences x, y, and z" when I don't experience any of those things, and "Every woman wants this and that," when I want neither. When I was younger, these kind of things would drive me into identity crises over whether or not I was girl enough or whatever.

Like all other books like this, when you tell people that you disagree with the book, they get very defensive of it. "Maybe you're just not ready for this book" or "Maybe you just can't accept the truth." I think popular Christian books like this get treated like ABSOLUTE TRUTH when they are written by fallible human beings. Especially because the woman who wrote this book has no background in psychology... her only qualifications for writing this book are that she is the wife of the man who wrote Every Man's Battle.

In general, the message of this book is basically "lower your expectations and stop falling in love with fictional characters because men are pretty terrible and will never be able to measure up. Also you should consider being sexier so your man doesn't need to stray from you."

I'm just really glad I no longer consider myself a Christian and no longer have to confine myself to standards like this.

EDIT, 4 yrs later: oh also ps, figured out I'm not a woman. So maybe that also had something to do with it. ...more
5

May 09, 2012

Sex is gift freely given unto us by God to enjoy. But because we live in a perverted world; we abuse and misuse this beautiful act to satisfy our selfish needs. As a young woman I know just how difficult it is to remain pure. Everybody thinks you're a freak when you say things such as "I'm a virgin" or "I'm saving myself for marriage". Friends treat you like a social outcast and the guy you think loves you for you is after that on little thing you're guarding with your life. The media adds Sex is gift freely given unto us by God to enjoy. But because we live in a perverted world; we abuse and misuse this beautiful act to satisfy our selfish needs. As a young woman I know just how difficult it is to remain pure. Everybody thinks you're a freak when you say things such as "I'm a virgin" or "I'm saving myself for marriage". Friends treat you like a social outcast and the guy you think loves you for you is after that on little thing you're guarding with your life. The media adds insult to injury by over-promoting the act... Pheewww It really is a battle, but a battle that can be won. Every Woman's Battle: Discovering God's Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment by Shannon Ethridge

My rating: 5 of 5 stars





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March 9, 2009

This book wasn't for me, but there is useful information in it.
I found a lot of the points to be repetitive, which I understand if you want to reiterate the point. For me it just wasn't a good fit. Although, I agree with the author that women also struggle with the sexual battles just as men, the book didn't approach my needs or concerns. Nonetheless, I did gain valuable insight, but overall the book was just okay.

I would suggest reading the look inside excerpt. If you like what you read, then buy it. If not, then skip it, because its not going to get any better.
3

December 28, 2005

Wish it would have gone a little more indepth
I really liked this book and could relate to much of it. However, I wish the author would have spent more time dealing with the reasons women have self-esteem issues in the first place and what happens to us if we do cross that line to adultery. Even though I know it is a Christian book, I also wish the author would have shown other ways of dealing with issues. For example, if I was not Christian and had read the book, I would have hoped that she would have made mention of a good counselor (not necessarily Christian), self-help groups, or the possibility of anxiety and/or depression issues. Not everyone who reads this book will embrace the concept that all a woman needs is a relationship with Jesus and all of her problems will be solved.
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January 26, 2016

If you want sexual integrity, this book is for you...
Wonderful book for those women who want to lead pure lives and be true to their bodies. Great for Christian women to remember their integrity in a sex-filled world. Helped to teach me things about women that I didn't know (and I'm a woman).
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April 14, 2006

Helpful to the faithful.....
I ordered this book on a recommendation of a dear and true friend who serves upon the ship M V Odulus, which sails throughout the world preaching it's Christian religion and bringing books and knowledge to those in deprived places on this earth. I highly recommend the book for anyone who is truly faithful and believing in Jesus Christ...it would definately be helpful from a religious aspect. But for those of us who are atheists, or only believing of a "higher power" or "energies", this book will leave you befuddled and chuckling ever so lightly. I think the book is truthful in regards to it's direct religious aspects, but personally, leaves the rest of us shaking our heads in religious discomfort.
3

July 10, 2013

Lots of excellent info, but missing some action strategies
This book gave a great discussion on what kinds of patterns women fall into that lead to compromise, but there's not really a step by step battle plan to avoid these pitfalls. Its good to be more aware, but for women looking to change their behavior the practical path isn't as clear as it could be. Definitely worth the read and convicting about the little things that seem "innocent". Also does a great job of illustrating the toll that "innocent" indulgence takes on relationships even when it doesn't "go anywhere".
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April 19, 2011

Every Woman's Battle
Bought this on the recommendation of an aquaitence. Was not impressed with it, I only skimmed it after reading the first few pages. If I was struggling with these issues, it might be a good reference. I was not exactly sure what the book was about, but the person recommending it raved about how it changed their life. I think it just wasn't something I needed.
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Jan 12, 2011

I picked up this book to have as a resource for opportunities in the future to help women. I did a quick read through it and thought it has a LOT to offer, especially for women who regularly interact w/ men in personal friendships or in the workplace. It gave a lot of good questions to ask yourself in various situations to expose the motives of your heart and provide protection. I think it's easy to assume "nothing will ever happen to me," but that's not an accurate assumption. This book can I picked up this book to have as a resource for opportunities in the future to help women. I did a quick read through it and thought it has a LOT to offer, especially for women who regularly interact w/ men in personal friendships or in the workplace. It gave a lot of good questions to ask yourself in various situations to expose the motives of your heart and provide protection. I think it's easy to assume "nothing will ever happen to me," but that's not an accurate assumption. This book can offer some great preventative measures! ...more
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September 2, 2017

Skip it!
This book was lame. Made way too many wrong assumptions about human nature.

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