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Every Young Man's Battle: Strategies for Victory in the Real World of Sexual Temptation [Paperback]

Stephen Arterburn , Fred Stoeker , Mike Yorkey
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Aug. 18 2009 The Every Man Series
Can any young man escape the lure of sexual temptation in today's world?

You're surrounded by sex constantly--in movies, on TV, video games, music, the Internet. Is it any wonder that it feels impossible to stay sexually pure?

How do men survive the relentless battle against the onslaught of lust?

With powerful ammunition.

The authors of the hard-hitting mega-bestseller Every Man’s Battle know the temptations young men face every day. The fact is, you can achieve victory over sexual compromise.  
Every Young Man’s Battle shows you how to rise above today's debased, self-seeking culture by examining God's standard, training your eyes and mind, cleaning up your thought life, and developing a plan. With extensive updates for a new generation of men, this is the award-winning guide to practical resistance. Bottom line: these strategies are biblical and they have worked for millions of men.

Experience real hope for living the way God designed. Enter the battle.

Includes comprehensive workbook for individual and group study.

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Praise for Every Young Man’s Battle
 
“Every Young Man’s Battle does the best job I have ever seen on the subject
of sexual temptation. Once upon a time we lived in a world that didn’t talk
about secrets, and that world has brought us to the mess we are in today.
Young men must have an honest, blunt, and unashamedly Christian look
at their sexuality. This book will save thousands of future marriages.”
—Jim Burns, president, YouthBuilders
 
“I have never read a book as direct and open as Every Young Man’s Battle.
The profound principles communicate the authors’ personal experiences
and provide the hope that anyone can overcome a day-to-day battle with
impure thoughts. Every Young Man’s Battle helps you see the importance of
taking control over your eyes, your mind, and your heart so that you can
completely honor God in every facet of your life.”
—Scott Bullard, of musical recording group Soul Focus
 
“It’s encouraging to see some real men stand up and sound the alarm to
young men. Stephen, Fred, and Mike’s courage to tell their stories exposes
what has unfortunately become a dirty little secret among men in the
church. The battle cry of the day is for men of all ages to live a pure and
holy life, and this book will crush Satan’s strategy by giving the troops the
guts to talk about what has been taboo in the church for so long. The
authors’ poignant stories paint a picture of battle in which all men can
relate and offer hope and camaraderie to win the war.”
—Troy Vanliere, artist/manager (representing NewSong,
Carolyn Arends, Soul Focus, Jadyn Strand, and Glad)
 
“There has been a gaping void in the search for holiness, and Every Young
Man’s Battle addresses those issues where others have been comfortably
silent. If there is even a spark of desire for purity in your life, this book will
kindle that fire… It is possible to walk in victory, as you will surely find out
after reading the Every Man series.”
—Matt Butler, of musical recording group NewSong

About the Author

Stephen Arterburn is coauthor of the best-selling Every Man Series from WaterBrook Press. He is founder and chairman of New Life Clinics, host of the daily “New Life Live!” national radio program, creator of the Women of Faith Conferences, a nationally known speaker and licensed minister, and the author of more than forty books. He lives in Laguna Beach, California.

Fred Stoeker
is coauthor of the best-selling Every Man Series. He is founder and chairman of Living True Ministries and a conference speaker who has counseled hundreds of men and married couples. Fred and his wife, Brenda, live in the Des Moines, Iowa, area with their four children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource for guys! Feb. 14 2014
Format:Paperback
Fantastic resource for any male struggling with understanding what sexual purity really means. Solid Biblical foundations explained with real life experience. Highly recommended for anyone over age 15.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars review May 7 2012
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i received the book int he time that was written really satisfied of the producth thanks a lot this help me a lot in my life
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4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and helpful. June 17 2013
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This book contains many, many helpful strategies and insights. My only concern is that many descriptions are very graphic.... On the one hand it shows the authors really do know what a lot of men struggle with, but still.... not sure if it needed to be that explicit. But it does contain good insights and helpful strategies.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Poisonous Book June 30 2013
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This book is poison. I have to characterize it that way because it is so crude and unnecessarily graphic in places that I can't possibly recommend that someone read it despite it containing some kernels of truth and good advice. It's inappropriate for a man of any age. And I write this not as someone who is unexposed to the world, but rather as an attorney who has represented rapists, child abusers and molesters. This book is simply no respite from the endless drumbeat of depraved sexuality in culture, and it is a disgusting and gratuitous sexuality at that. For instance, did the author need to tell us how he learned about masturbation? And how to do it? Including lubricant? Also, did the author need to burden us by telling us by name who his favorite centerfold was? (I keep asking myself--what if that woman is/becomes a Christian? Why has he perpetuated her shame for others to read?) The graphic nature of the text is unbelievably bad. Truly awful. Toward the end of the book there are some kernels of truth, but the balance of the book is so outrageous and unbiblical in its graphic depictions that I could never, ever recommend that a Christian or non-Christian alike read this book. The authors have a lot of emotional and spiritual growing up to do before they put books like this in the marketplace. I won't project bad intentions onto the authors, but I will categorically say that their execution is an epic spiritual fail. Mothers, and even fathers, may think that this is the 'strong medicine' that needs to be administered to sons who are caught up in pornography or sexual activity. It is not. This is not the only way to communicate with a young person. No matter how severe his problem with lust and pornography, this book is poison and unredeemable and seriously risks titillating an already lustful mind through its descriptions of furtive sexual acts and thoughts. And this review is coming from a criminal defense attorney who has sat through days of graphic courtroom testimony about sex with minors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Age Specific Sept. 1 2011
By Sir Tut - Published on Amazon.com
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This subject matter appears to be written for the young men 16 to 35. For ages younger than 16 I would consider this presentation a high risk for undesirable behavior.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book Dec 26 2009
By Melissa Row - Published on Amazon.com
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Every Young Man's Battle is a no nonsense book that goes way beyond all of the usual ideas for sexual purity for young and old men alike. It is full of very direct, real world help for any man's struggles with what he sees every day.This book does not shy away from the subjects of masturbation, pornography, and girls and women who dress without enough clothes. (Mothers afraid of teaching your boys about too much of the world's truths, think again and get this book!)This book will give a guy a list of concrete things to do to keep himself out of trouble and moving on a path of healthy, happy living without the overwhelming feelings associated with being addicted to thoughts of sex or the guilt associated with these subjects. This book would be a good choice for any man and is an excellent choice for a single man of any age. (It is also good for young ladies as a help to show them what they are doing when they wear too little and to show them the way men think.---My 17 yr old daughter read this, too! Parental guidance advised for girls though, as it is a bit over the top for our feminine sensibilities and it could easily scare a girl a bit or make her conclude that all men are somewhat 'sick', which isn't the point of it all). As a parent of 5 boys, 3 girls and 'in law' children, too, I highly recommend this book.

Other books I recommend on this or similar subjects are:

Books by Douglas Wilson:Fidelity: What It Means to be a One-Woman Man, Future Men, Her Hand in Marriage: Biblical Courtship in the Modern World, Reforming Marriage,

Books from the 'Every Man' series:Every Man's Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time (The Every Man Series), Every Woman's Battle: Discovering God's Plan for Sexual and Emotional Fulfillment (The Every Man Series), Every Young Woman's Battle: Guarding Your Mind, Heart, and Body in a Sex-Saturated World (The Every Man Series),

All are very good books for their intended audiences. Wilson's books are deeper but are great for high school students that enjoy a good read.
29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some good advice; crippled by the authors' bias. 4 out of 10 Oct. 10 2011
By John K. Patterson - Published on Amazon.com
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Lust, most assuredly, is a problem for men who struggle to please Christ in their lives. In a faith that says God created men and women as equals, it can be especially damaging for women to be treated like passive objects for the man's sexual satisfaction. The authors of "Every Young Man's Battle" start out with the commendable goal of addressing the dehumanizing evils inherent in pornography and lust, and to be sure, some of their advice to the younger male generation is very good. Toward the end, Fred Stoeker writes to the boys who potentially would date his daughter, telling them to look at things from his point of view as a father. His encouragement to "carry her honor" and to treat her with respect stuck with me for a long time after I read the book, and can still help encourage me to not lust after women. And through the earlier chapters, there are some jewels of wisdom for the discerning Christian to pick up. "Bouncing the eyes" might work for men who find their lust out-of-control, and it is good to be reminded that Paul's instruction that we "must have not even a hint of sexual immorality."

Unfortunately, this book crashes into the same mountainside that has ended the good potential for many other romance/sex books aimed at younger Christians ("I Kissed Dating Goodbye" being one egregious example): Legalism. Specifically, this is legalism bred by the authors' own preconceptions. Their specific experiences and beliefs are stretched too far, turned into supposedly "Biblical" commands that Scripture simply does not give or imply.

By far the most prominent bias is against the young man's sex drive. The writers briefly acknowledge that sex and the human sex drive are gifts from God, and can be holy in the context of marriage. Then they attack the natural, God-given instincts of the young men they are trying to help, talking to the reader as if he is a sexual pit bull who could ravish Daddy's Little Girl unless he gets himself under control. It is a fear-based response to the problem, rather than a discerning response of love and grace. They treat the man's pre-marriage sex drive as a disease, as if lust is its only defining trait. Rather than recognize the young man's sexuality as God's gift and working to affect a positive change in their readers, they see it as Satan's territory until you're married.

Another harmful assumption is their unhealthy emphasis on the "innocence" of women in general. When girls share their admittedly heartbreaking stories of how premarital sex affected them, the authors place most or all of the blame on the males. Unless the girl was raped, however, she must acknowledge that it was her mistake, too. I realize that the authors are emphasizing the man's responsibility to set standards and not manipulate the girl, but that gives them no right to heap all of the blame on the man whenever a couple has sex too soon. They also commit an extreme disservice by talking about women like they have little or no sex drive. Sex is regarded as something the man wants, and generally women "just want to cuddle." Once again, the young men are treated like horny beasts, chasing innocent ladies for their bodies. The book provides a distorted picture of both sexes, and God's design for sexuality in each of them.

Distortions of Scripture also work against the writers' good intentions. Masturbation is treated like the Bible "obviously" condemns it as sinful, when the issue is much more complicated, and interpreted differently by many godly Christians. And in the aforementioned chapter by Fred Stoeker, he picks the story of Uriah's death as a brave stand for sexual integrity. The Bible's account, however, makes it painfully obvious that Uriah was not tempted to do anything wrong. It would have been perfectly legitimate for him to leave King David, and go home to have sex with Bathsheba. Unaware that David was manipulating him, he had every right to be with his wife (though he waived that right out of his devotion to David), so we cannot look at Uriah as a hero against temptation, unlike Joseph with Potiphar's wife. That would have been a much more appropriate example for Stoeker to make his point.

So, the book is taken down by its legalism and faulty assumptions about the sexes; "solutions" based more on worry and fear than on love and devotion to God; and inappropriate uses of Scripture. For those reasons, despite some good points and the authors' honorable intent, I cannot in good conscience recommend this book. The chapters regarding sex in Stephen Simpson's "What Women Wish You Knew About Dating" are far more true-to-life, and treat the young man with much more respect.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars every youn mans battle Sept. 12 2013
By marlene mckane - Published on Amazon.com
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did not like the book which my husband tried to use to teach young men, it was too graphic and caused more problems with lust than it solved
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