Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn (A Book Review)

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Every week, I have the privilege to meet with a group of men for lunch. The topic of conversation tends to ranges from frivolity to faith within a short period of time. However, by the end of our hour together, I am both encouraged and convicted. I am lighthearted and lamenting. The purpose of our meetings is to cultivate both friendship and faithfulness. Friendship with one another and faithfulness to God, our spouses, and our children.

The most recent book we read together was Tim Challies’ Sexual Detox: A Guide For Guys Who Are Sick of Porn. This book is short in length but not lacking in wisdom regarding biblical purity for men. With much clarity and conviction, the author challenges true Christian men to pursue sexual purity through God’s eyes.

Chapter three presents a difficult subject for men, but Challies applies a no-holds-barred approach that is refreshing. The author tackles the topic with keen reasoning and even critiques of well-known evangelical authors like Dr. James Dobson. Admittedly, I believe Challies is correct in his disagreement with Dr. Dobson concerning the subject matter. 

Chapter five offered an interesting contrast between the definition of sex and its counterfeit. Defining the term, Challies then provided five questions to aid a husband in determining what is appropriate in the bedroom.

  1. “What is your heart in this?”
  2. “Is this the act of a conqueror or of a servant?”
  3. “Does this bring pleasure to one or to both?” 
  4. “Does this trouble either your conscience or your spouse’s conscience?”
  5. “Can you thank God for this?”

It is the very subject of questions that I wish to conclude this book review with. A great feature of this book is the “Think” section concluding each chapter. The author includes insightful and articulate questions for further consideration to the reader. These questions are quite beneficial for use in a small group setting. Reading them aloud at your local Wendy’s establishment will certainly garner a few stares! 

The author’s greatest gift, in my opinion, is his ability to weave Scripture throughout each chapter. A good expositor anchors his argumentation on the authority and clarity of Scripture. Tim Challies anchors that which has taken up residence in his soul and produces a clear and resounding call to all men for detoxification of their soul through the means prescribed for them in Scripture. My heart cried yes to the author’s pleas, and my soul found relief that there exist men who stand up against the continued sexualization of the world and say, “This is not right.” 

Needless to say, I highly recommend Tim Challies’ Sexual Detox: A Guide For Guys Who Are Sick of Porn. As an added bonus, the publishing company also includes a sermon by Charles Spurgeon entitled “Comfort for the Tempted” (an exposition of 1 Corinthians 10:13). 

I look forward to more of Tim Challies’ books, and as of this book review, my wife and I are currently reading his productivity book Do More Better.

 

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