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Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free Paperback – November 4, 2010
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"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)
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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."
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.
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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Have you ever gone to a Sunday church service and listening to a good Minister give his/her sermon and look at your watch and see that you have been sitting on those hard wooden... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jim9500
The book is well written. It gives insight to how porn distorts our image of women, sex and relationships. It consumes our time and self worth. Read morePublished 15 months ago by R. Jackson
I really liked the layout of the book and how Tim broke down all the ideas and convictions that we should have step by step. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Time4achange
Put sin to death so that our hearts will be healed and conformed to the image of our Lord, Christ Jesus!Published 20 months ago by Scott