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Review: “Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn”

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Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn

Tim Challies

Cruciform Press, 2010, 108pp., paperback/download, $5-10 (depending on format)

ISBN 978-1453807286

Beginning life as a series of blog posts, this book is a very brief and direct treatment of an issue that, like it or not, almost every man must face, with sexual imagery either aggressively invading our hearts or a mere moment away, should our hearts desire it. The closest we get here to a definition of pornography is “a representation of sexuality that promotes either isolating acts of masturbation or abhorrently selfish acts of sexual abuse.” With that broad starting point, the author delivers a short, sharp shock to the spiritual system. Challies succeeds where several authors on a similar topic fails: he manages to be transparent without titillating, being frank but not crude, blunt without becoming vulgar. He urges upon his readers the profound dangers and far-reaching damage of pornography, speaking plainly of sin and grace, with some hard-hitting questions at the end of each short chapter. The whole is well-balanced, as he addresses not only the putting to death of sexual sin, but also the cultivation of genuine holiness in this area of life. In short, he earnestly demands that the porn-sick man get on his knees and – in dependence upon God’s grace in Christ – recalibrate his mind, heart and soul with regard to pornography. Those who are fed up hiding from this issue in their own lives or the lives of others will find this an excellent resource, being less about the spark of sin and more about the tinder of the heart. It drives at the right target, speaks with compassionate yet clear language, and offers a genuine and grace-soaked solution.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 21 March 2011 at 08:10

The poetry of pain

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Tim Challies shares a poem (take note: few holds barred) entitled I Looked For Love in Your Eyes, written by a woman whose husband’s soul had been poisoned by pornography. It will make your soul ache and your eyes weep. It may well send you back to the cross of Jesus for the cleansing of our sins and for grace to be pure.

The lady writes:

I saved my best for you.
Other girls may have given themselves away,
But I believed in the dream.
A husband, a wife, united as one forever.

Read the whole of I Looked For Love In Your Eyes. Learn the awful lessons that this poetry of pain teaches, and apply them, for the sake of your souls and your marriages.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 18 December 2010 at 16:40

Mohler muses

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Four helpful articles from the smoking keyboard of Al Mohler:

Hijacking the brain: how pornography works.  Pointing to a helpful looking book about the way in which pornography invades and captures healthy desires.

Mandatory sex education for ten year olds.  Welcome to our world, Mr Mohler!  Battle lines being drawn in the US that are very familiar to UK readers.

Where are the young men? Considering the absence of young men from higher education, and calling for Christian men to consider the stewardship of their minds.

The crisis of manhood.  General feminisation of society drives some young men towards hypermasculinity as a way of stating their credentials, and – guess what – there are churches, as always, hanging desperately on to the coat tails of a frantic society.  So we now have a Jesus who came to help us tap into our inner cage fighter.  Michael McKinley chips in here.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Thursday 11 February 2010 at 11:34

Pornography in the workplace

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mouse-and-keyboard1Al Mohler has some statistics and comment on the pornification of culture: apparently 70% of pornography is being viewed during working hours in the US.  He mentions one employee of a government-funded agency who is recorded as spending 20% of his working day viewing pornography online.

Online pornography provides the opportunity whenever the inclination is present, and substantially removes the shaming element of the public consumption of filth.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Friday 27 February 2009 at 07:53

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Dealing treacherously with your wife

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Al Baker has an article at the Banner of Truth website about eye-treachery and all that it might lead to. There is straight talking here, intended to convict and effective in doing so. A good article, and one that we in the UK, in common with the rest of Europe – where there is so great a display of female flesh in all forms of media – need to act upon.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 13 May 2008 at 11:17

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