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Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn Paperback – Jun 29 2012

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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Cruciform Press (Sept. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453807284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453807286
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 172 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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Fantastic book for both brothers and sisters in Christ with bold Scripture to be armoured with and personal testimony of one who has been through the trenches of Spiritual Warfare and risen victorious in this lifelong battle.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa530087c) out of 5 stars Much Needed Book Nov. 5 2010
By Joshua Cousineau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Even though Sexual Detox is rather short, it is jam packed with great content. The book seeks to address the struggles men have with pornography and masturbation and to help lead the reader into a proper, biblical view of our sexuality. Sexual Detox is broken up into six chapters, Reality of Pornography; Pornography vs. Marriage; A Theology of Masturbation; Four Gifts of Sex; Detox in the Bedroom and Detox in Your Soul. These chapters each end with a short section of questions called Think. The Think sections are designed for you to talk through in a community of trusted guys who will help you overcome the sinful temptations that assault us all. At the end of Sexual Detox, Cruciform Press adds a great sermon from C.H. Spurgeon entitled, "Comfort for the Tempted" on 1 Cor. 10.13.

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!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa53008d0) out of 5 stars Brief, Yet Helpful Nov. 16 2010
By T Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In his book, Sexual Detox, Tim challies offers simple, biblical counsel for men who are struggling with the tragic impact of pornography on their sexuality. Challies understands the prevalence and the destructiveness of pornography, and he speaks in his book to the hearts of men who need God's help to again view sex rightly.


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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5300d08) out of 5 stars Honest and helpful treatment of a difficult subject March 18 2011
By Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 fail: 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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5cdb0e4) out of 5 stars Quick, Potent Read Feb. 7 2011
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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Honestly, Tim isn't casting any new light onto the subject of Christian men and their struggles with Porn, masturbation, and God honoring sex. What he is doing is delivering solid, well thought out points that get right to the heart of the matter without holding back. This resource is probing, direct, and insightful. It says the right things, asks the right questions, and leaves you in just the right spot to kill your sin.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa5cdb090) out of 5 stars Excellent content, unfortunate narration Nov. 23 2010
By Nathaniel LaClaire - Published on Amazon.com
In Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who are Sick of Porn, author and blogger Tim Challies addresses young, single men in an effort to help them discover God's plan for sex and sexuality. He is writing to those who have grown up in a sex-saturated culture where pornography is far more accessible than it was as recently as when the 33-year-old author was growing up. Temptation is all around us and most of us have, he says, begun to give in.

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.

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