Dirty Girls Come Clean Paperback – Apr 1 2011
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About the Author
CRYSTAL RENAUD is Founder and Executive Director of "Dirty Girls Ministries," a not-for-profit ministry helping women struggling with pornography and sexual addiction. Founded by Crystal in February 2009, the desire of "Dirty Girls Ministries" is to break through the stigmatic barriers that are keeping women in bondage to this addiction. Crystal has used the experience gained from her own 8-year pornography addiction to counsel hundreds of women as well as writes and speaks in various venues on the topic. Crystal is single and resides in the Kansas City area.
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I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any female suffering with a sexual addiction and / or addiction to pornography. I’d like to thank Moody Publishers for the review copy of this book.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.'