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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishing (April 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802463002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802463005
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #266,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must have resource April 1 2011
By C. Miley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dirty Girls Come Clean is part testimonial, part resource and part informational. It is also 100% needed. It is the story of Crystal Renaud's personal journey through addiction to pornography and her recovery process. In fact, this book came about as a result of her search for resources to assist in the recovery journey, and not finding any that adequately addressed the specific issues and needs of women facing this particular addiction.

Part of the book adapts a technique used in many sexual addiction recovery programs called SCARS (Surrender, Confession, Accountability, Responsibility, Sharing). A chapter is devoted to each category, with explanations and testimonials from women at various stages of recovery included, which are detailed but never graphic. Practical action steps/questions are included at the end of each chapter, as well as additional available resources, making it useful for independent use as well as group settings.

This book was very well written and is so inspirational. It approaches porn addiction and its potentially associated behaviors (such as masturbation, sexting, sexual activity) as symptoms of a "core unhealed woundedness". The bottom line is that God never wastes an experience, even (maybe especially) the painful ones. Instead of hiding behind her shame and guilt, Renaud is using her experiences for God's glory and wants this book, as well as Dirty Girls Ministries, to be a tool of liberation from bondage. Her style is very conversational and user-friendly, making a taboo subject less threatening.

Dirty Girls Come Clean is a book of inspiration and hope. While I think it is destined to become 'the' go-to resources for women dealing with porn addiction, I also believe it is a must have resource for anyone who works with girls/women in any capacity. You just never know what that person is or will be going through, particularly in this sex saturated culture. It is unapologetically Christ centered, but would also be a useful resource for anyone struggling with this issue, regardless of religious affiliation (or lack thereof).

I can't recommend this book enough.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book for review purposes from Moody Publishers. No other compensation was received.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dirty Girls Come Clean: Escaping the grip of sexual addiction Feb. 5 2014
By CJohns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Just the thought that young girls and women could be hooked on pornography is mind-blowing enough; but to actually read first person accounts of young girls and women speaking out about their own sexual addiction is an eye-opener. A well kept, dirty little secret is finally out of the bag. Women engage in, and even act upon their sexual fantasies just like men do. This is more than just girls gone wild.

Author Crystal Renaud, a former "bad girl" herself, details in her book, Dirty Girls Come Clean, how she became addicted to sex and pornography when she was just 10 years old. A "dirty" magazine accidentally left in the bathroom by her older brother fueled her adolescent curiosity about all things concerning sex. Renaud's heightened curiosity would draw her even more deeply into the darker world of pornography. She was not only obsessed, she was hooked.

"I soon (and rather quickly) discovered that pornography was everywhere. And it was easily accessible virtually anywhere I went. Leaving absolutely no stone unturned, I engaged in pornography on television, in movies, and eventually on the Internet," Renaud says.
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Renaud, admittedly a Christian, would remain faithful to her addiction for nine years. Renaud's bottom hit the rock when she found herself in a cold, dingy hotel room awaiting a sexual encounter with a stranger she'd met over the Internet. You've got to read this book to find out what happened next.

The good news is that Renaud survived her youthful indiscretions and went on to become the founder of Dirty Girl Ministries Inc, which provides women with help, hope and healing from pornography and sexual addiction. Over 2,000 women from all walks of life have sought out DGM's sex addiction counseling and recovery services. It's estimated that Christian women make up about 25 per cent of sexually addicted women but 70 percent of them are ashamed to admit it. In Renaud's book, Dirty Girls Come Clean, former dirty girls find a safe place to bare their souls through their own testimonies of recovery. Dirty Girls Come Clean also outlines a tried and true road to recovery for those experiencing sexual addiction, and makes it uncompromisingly clear in that full recovery is only possible when Jesus Christ is at the center.

If you or someone you suspect is suffering from sexual addiction, help is available. Share this review or better yet, get a copy of Dirty Girls Come Clean for someone you love.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Honest Inventory April 1 2011
By N. Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been addicted to porn for as long as I can remember, and I came across Dirty Girls Ministries about a year ago. I found this book refreshingly honest, with it's testimonies from Crystal Renaud and other women who have dealt with this addiction. I am still in the pre-process stage of dealing with this addiction. Over the past 5 years, I have had different periods of freedom. Probably for about 6-7 years, I had been free from pornography, but I was still masturbating. Almost 2 years ago, I spiraled down a dark path of depression, and started looking at porn again. I sought counseling, have friends who I confessed to and stayed accountable to, but I still remained solid in my addiction.

I don't understand it. Recently, like just this week, I was thinking about whether I trust God. Whether He's enough for me. The honest answer is "no." That response makes me uncomfortable, but also I realize how complacent I am in my addiction. Crystal's book helped me become slightly more free to be honest with God, myself, and others. I'm still deep in the addiction, but I hope I can begin to come out with God's help.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not just a problem for men Nov. 24 2013
By Madam Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For the few of you that follow my reviews I feel the need to say, I am not addicted to pornography! But if I was I would definitely have found this book very useful!

Call me naive but when I thought of pornography addiction I generally only thought of it as a male problem. But as the author, Crystal Renaud, pointed, that's a big part of the problem. The women that do have an addiction feel they have no where to go and think that they have to face their problem alone. Thankfully now, there are resources for them. Crystal not only wrote this book, but founded "Dirty Girl Ministries," an organization aimed at helping women who are suffering from pornography addiction.

One thing I really like about this book was that, even though it is a Christian self-help book, the author states,

"I write this book from a Christian point of view because it's my personal belief that Jesus is the reason I stand free from pornography today. But as I said, pornography addiction knows no creed. Pornography affects everyone. So it is my hope that the steps provided throughout this book will be beneficial to all women, from all walks of life."

I like that it isn't as exclusionary as other Christian self-help books can be, the author really tries to help everyone with this addiction. That being said it is very Jesus-centric but not enough to be a huge turn off for most non-Christians.

This little manual contains, personal stories, writing prompts, surveys, tests, resources, testimonies, and more. I'm sure it is a massive help for those coping with pornography addiction. I've read self help books for drug addictions (again dear readers, I'm not suffering from drug addiction either, I just read a lot!) and many of the steps listed are similar.

I received this book free from Moody Publishers in return for my honest, unbiased, opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Not just a guy thing Aug. 13 2012
By LindseyNarmour - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I heard about Crystal Renaud by way of a website containing an interview with her. She spoke about her win over an addiction to pornography and sexual temptation, and how she was able to start Dirty Girls Ministries, which serves "to break through the stigmatic barriers that are keeping women in bondage to this addiction."

Crystal's book, largely autobiographical and never unflinching from cold, hard truth, is one that many women need to hear. There is a common misconception floating around, that women do not struggle with attacks from the Enemy against their sexuality...however, temptation lurks at every corner for women no matter how old they are or how stably married. Through this book, Crystal seeks to break the ice and get the discussion started about preserving women's sexual purity, and offers truth and hope to women whether they are tempted or are trying to recover from an addiction.

Stories from women remind the reader that a struggle with sexual temptation is not just 'a guy thing' and explores ways women can not only seek to step beyond their past, give themselves permission to be hurt and to acknowledge their wounds, but also take their hurts to the Cross and surrender their future sexual purity to the Lord.

While this book is recommended to women struggling with an addiction to porn or other sexual temptation, and not for younger readers or as a casual handbook to sexual purity, Crystal's bold, honest writing will ground women in the truth and guide them out of the dark. A powerful book--hard at times to read, convicting, and much needed in a culture too prone to 'covering up.'


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