Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn Paperback – Jun 29 2012
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Tim Challies is a blogger, author, web designer, book reviewer, and pastor. His websites include Challies.com and DiscerningReader.com. Tim has written The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, published by Crossway, and The Next Story, published by Zondervan.
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The content of this book is stellar. As a youth pastor, husband and guy I have read many books that look at the problems addressed in Sexual Detox. Many times these books have great content but always seem to leave you wondering just what the author means. They tend to show the problem and sinful acts of sexual behavior but never draw a hard and fast biblical line as to what can and can't be done. Sexual Detox not only calls sin for what it is, a blatant offense to a glorious God, but it also confronts the many 'gray' areas we often try to hide in.
Sexual Detox is not only firmly biblical, but also immensely practical. This book can be of great help to men who have struggled, are struggling or could struggle (which is all of us) with pornography, masturbation or a distorted view of their sexuality. The questions at the end of each chapter make it ideal for use in an adult men's small group or fight club. In this sex-drenched world this little book can help bring a biblical view of manhood and sexuality to those who are struggling.
I can see this book as being a great tool for the following,
- Husbands and wives to read through and think through together
- Personal study
- A group of married guys to study through
- A group of college aged guys to study through
- Pre-marital preparation for men
- It can also be a great tool to be passed out to men who have known struggles
I am planning on using sexual detox in my premarital and am also working on a way to use it with some of the guys in my ministry. I would highly encourage you to purchase Sexual Detox, it may help save your marriage and bring greater glory unto Jesus!
Challies writes in a way that is open and frank without crossing the line into being crude. Often, in a book on this topic, the author, in order to prove he is a real guy with real guy struggles, will share too much with his readers in too descriptive a way. Challies does not fall into this pattern. This is good, as Challies performs the rare feat of talking about issues of lust without stirring up dangerous images in his readers' minds.
Challies plan of organization in this work is also effective. Before he gets into the nuts and bolts of what men need to do, he spends two chapters helping guys to develop a biblical theology of their sexuality. This is good, as men need to first understand what God has taught on this issue before they can make lasting changes that honor God.
This book is also an extremely easy read. A pastor could give Sexual Detox to a young man who is struggling and not fear that the terminology will be too much. This book could possibly even be used with youth so long as the youth minister or a parent worked with the young men to get through some of the issues in the text.
A slight negative that I have regarding this book is that, because of its readily accessible writing style, arguments are not always as thoroughly made as I might prefer. On occasion, Challies will tell us that "This is the reason that..."and I might feel that more reasoning should be given.
Challies also writes much about how men need to rely on others in their local church to help them with their struggle. This is absolutely right advice. However, Challies does not have as much to say to help those men whose local churches may not be ready to help them due to unbiblical leadership, lack of counseling, lack of church discipline, etc.
If you want to read the absolute best book on Christians and dealing with lust, I would recommend Josh Harris' Sex Isn't the Problem, Lust Is. However, if you want a very good book that is shorter and a bit more modern, I would certainly highly recommend Challies' Sexual Detox. This really is good material to help men recognize the destructiveness of pornography and how they can begin to get away from it.
Challies begins by discussing the problems that pornography causes in marriages, arguing that detoxification is necessary in order for a man to be the loving husband that God has called him to be. He then discusses the topic of breaking free from sexual sin, specifically pornography and masturbation, and addresses the most common myth about breaking free. Next, he delves into the "theology of sex" and how "self-centered sex" fails this theology. Finally, he digs into what detoxification involves and what freedom means. Each chapter ends with questions aimed at getting the reader/listener thinking about how the chapter applies in his own life.
I was impressed by this book. The author avoids being crude, a practice that is common in books on this topic, while being perfectly frank. Often books on the topic of lust are too explicit, painting pictures in a guy's mind that do more harm than good, but he does an excellent job staying away from such talk. He also avoids giving lists of dos and don'ts, focusing more on the heart than on specific acts, which is good. Another refreshing aspect of the book is the focus on the theology of sex and how pornography and masturbation are in direct opposition to God's plan for sex and sexuality. This ensures a proper biblical approach to breaking free.
I think that this is an excellent book for pastors to keep on hand and would recommend it to any man who is struggling in this area. It is easy to read, clear and concise, and covers both why detox is necessary and how to accomplish it.
Since I listened to the audiobook, a comment or two about the audio quality is in order. I found the recording quality to be excellent, but the narration left a lot to be desired. The book was read by the author, which I often like, but in this case I found disappointing. Challies could probably have delivered a moving talk on the topic had he not been tasked with reading the exact verbiage of the printed book, but because he was, the delivery was stiff and lacking emotion and sincerity. Narrating an audiobook must be extremely difficult and I applaud him for doing it, but the audiobook would have been greatly improved had a professional reader been hired.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this audiobook free from the christianaudio Reviewers Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.