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"It is great that a Christian leader has taken the risk to write a book on a topic that at this point remains controversial. What is the church to do? Which programs are churches to promote and support? What obligation do pastors and leaders have to help those struggling with pornography and other addictions? If it is true that a third of people in churches are struggling with porn, according to Chester, then this book and 20 more should be written until our churches hear the alarm and address this issue." (Kent Miller, YouthWorker Journal, March-April 2011)

"Tim Chester's Closing the Window provides insightful reflection on the problems that many Christians who are struggling with pornography will find easy to relate to. Full of practical and spiritual insights, it stays true to the message of grace and hope that is found in the gospel of Christ." (William M. Struthers, associate professor of psychology, Wheaton College, and author of Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain)

"Finally, a book which rightly puts the struggle with purity, pornography and sexuality into the larger biblical framework of what it means to know God in the midst of our brokenness! This is a wonderful resource to add to the arsenal of anyone serious about finding freedom from the power of pornography. In addition to that, Tim has written a book that can be effectively used by pastors and leaders. It is an excellent pastoral tool to help those dealing with and impacted by the false promises and lies of our porn-is-the-norm culture." (John Freeman, president, Harvest USA (www.harvestusa.org))

"One of the greatest challenges facing Christians today is the call to sexual purity and integrity. Tim Chester's book will prove indispensable for those committed to that challenge. By exposing the lies that fuel pornography addiction and offering practical tips for staying free, he arms us with the tools we need to win the battle against porn." (Andy Comiskey, founder and director, Desert Stream Ministries, and author of Strength in Weakness and Naked Surrender)

"Tim Chester offers hope, and the possibility of living free from the snare of pornography. . . . Without sounding superspiritual or piling on the guilt, this book emphasizes the fact that we cannot change without God's help. . . . Chester's diligent research and nonjudgmental approach will, I promise, help many Christians who are struggling with porn." (Lyndon Bowring, executive chairman, CARE)

"Christians think sex is great, but its misuse is bad! Pornography draws Christian men into a dark world where shame and guilt replace joy and freedom. This book superbly diagnoses the problem and points to God's healing. Tim Chester's writing will rescue many a marriage and restore many a man to a place where purity and passion coexist in biblical relationship." (Stephen and Janet Gaukroger, Clarion Trust International)

"Tim Chester believes that churches need to talk about porn, and has written a helpful book that explains why. I believe it will be a lifeline for those who feel trapped and say, 'I can't change.' It contains a message of grace, strength and hope." (Ian Coffey, director of leadership training, Moorlands College)

"Tim Chester has hit the nail on the head! Pornography is a cancer eating the heart of the church, and this excellent book tackles it head-on. As you would expect, it is thoroughly rooted in the Bible, very well researched and highly accessible. Crucially, Tim also offers fantastic practical and realistic help and advice that us men would do well to take advantage of. I highly commend this timely book." (Carl Beech, general director, Christian Vision for Men, www.cvmen.org.uk)

About the Author

Dr. Tim Chester is director of the Porterbrook Institute. He also coleads The Crowded House Sheffield in the U.K. and speaks at conferences around the world. He was previously research and policy director for Tearfund and tutor in missiology at Cliff College. Chester is also the author of a number of books, including The Message of Prayer and Closing the Window.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 151 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (November 4, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830838422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830838424
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Tim Chester is a pastor of Grace Church in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, UK (www.thecrowdedhouse.org/boroughbridge) and a tutor with the Acts 29 Oak Hill Academy (www.porterbrookseminary.org). He blogs at www.timchester.co.uk. He has previously been Research and Policy Director for Tearfund UK and a adjunct lecturer in both Reformed spirituality and missiology. He is married with two daughters.

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Christians and pornography. Depending on who you talk to, you'll get one of three responses: 1) it's a deeper, more wide spread problem within Christianity than we know or want to admit, 2) the problem is overblown and the statistics are imbalanced, or 3) *cough* uhhhhhh, next topic.

In Closing the Window, Tim Chester cites a number of different studies and surveys that have very consistent results: one in three. One in three people in the church are struggling with pornography. While I'm not one to bicker about the numbers, I think it's fair to say that it's a growing problem for each subsequent generation within the church.

And Tim has written a gospel-saturated little book (146 pages) that will be indispensable for anyone leading men, young adults, or a whole church. As just such a leader, I am constantly looking for books that handle tough topics in a way that is simple, clear, and relatively brief to build a "loaner library". I believe that Tim Chester's Closing the Window is the book for just that purpose.

The structure of the book revolves around "Five Keys in the Battle Against Porn":

1. Abhorence of porn
2. Adoration of God
3. Assurance of grace
4. Avoidance of temptation
5. Accountability to others

"We become Christians through faith and repentance. We continue and grow by ongoing faith and repentance. And this means that we counter porn through faith and repentance. Battling porn with faith means embracing the truth about God in place of the false promises of porn. Battling porn with repentance means turning from self to worship God."
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I hardly ever use all caps but this seems appropriate: WE NEED TO BE OPEN ABOUT THIS STRUGGLE WITH OTHER PEOPLE. Whew. I said it. Anyway.

The framework of this book is built with the "Five Key Ingredients In Your Battle Against Porn" that are super helpful in getting free from this addiction.

As opposed to the usual "just stop masturbating" book, Closing the Window challenges us to have a vision and desire for God that overcomes the fleeting desires of pornography.

Some of the best writing I've ever read on the topic. Thanks, Tim.
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I would recommend this book to teens and adults, men and women, Christian or not. Even though it is written by a Christian author, and he does use many Bible references, if you are addicted to porn and would like to be set free, this book will help you to see your need for something bigger than yourself to set you free. And you might just find yourself falling in love with the God who made you.
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I wrote the book "The War Within, Gaining Victory in the Battle for Sexual Purity." Of the 70+ books that I have read on this topic, this book and Michael Cusick's book "Surfing For God" are the only two books that I confidently say are 'better than my book'. I whole heartedly recommend it. It goes to the heart of matter, highlighting the false premise or lies of porn, and the promises of God that counters these lies. He gives five overarching principles of breaking free from pornography. It is solid Biblically and founded on great theology. It is a MUST READ
Bob Reehm
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This book is fantastic. It deals with the reality of the sin. It deals with the heart level struggles. It deals with the behaviors that need to change. Its not shallow, simplistic, or behavioralistic. If you want a book that will convict you, encourage you, and gives a gospel founded approach to dealing with these issues you will not be dissapointed.
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This is overall a helpful and honest book; honoring to God's goal for purity. But I was pretty tired of it by around half way through, and forced myself to finish. By that point the message and testimonies seemed redundant, so I felt "I've read this before." I think the first four (of five) chapters could have been condensed to around half their length. The fifth chapter -- a positive perspective on the goodness of marriage -- was fresh and somewhat redeemed my experience with the book.

Part of the reason the book seemed so flat and undistinguished from one part to the next was the poor "chapter" divisions in the Kindle edition: Each section of a chapter was coded as a chapter in itself. An additional formatting problem was that endnotes all appeared as one paragraph; going back one page refreshed the view so that each endnote then stood as an individual paragraph.
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