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Review: “Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain”

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Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain

William M. Struthers

IVP, 2009, 196pp., paperback, $16 / £10.99

ISBN 978 0 8308 3700 7

This is an interesting and potentially useful book, if understood in its context and aims and employed accordingly.  The author, an associate professor of psychology, helps us to understand the neurological and psychological effects of pornography: how it impacts the male brain. He approaches the matter as a Christian, so he does not put away notions of sin and repentance, nor neglect the tussles of “the flesh” and the work of the Spirit, but that is not his focus. Rather, he is concerned to explain what happens in the brain when pornography is viewed, and how it gets its claws ever deeper into the male mind. While pastors would not want to make this a textbook for counselling, and while it is not a book that will necessarily help someone struggling with this outworking of lust, it will help to understand what goes on in the mind of such a man and the nature of the particular battle in which he is involved, and to appreciate where and how spiritual counsels from Scripture need to strike. Helpful in developing an understanding of the issues without replacing those volumes that address combat with sin either generically or more particularly, and could have benefitted from a more careful editing at points.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 4 March 2011 at 08:37

Posted in Reviews

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