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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, sharp, indispensable
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...
Published on May 11, 2011 by Jared Totten

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good content but a bit redundant and tedious
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...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, sharp, indispensable, May 11, 2011
This review is from: Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free (Paperback)
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, bold, and true., July 5, 2011
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This review is from: Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free (Paperback)
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Purity ever Written, May 25, 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Men, April 8, 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on sexual sin and obedience, April 24, 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome, May 25, 2014
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Put sin to death so that our hearts will be healed and conformed to the image of our Lord, Christ Jesus!
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... to a Sunday church service and listening to a good Minister give his/her sermon and look at your watch ..., November 23, 2014
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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 seats for a hour. Next thing you know it is two hours and then three....
No, I am not putting down this book at all but, I would read a little and not come back to it for awhile and then pick it back up and enjoy reading more. The book would go over and over the reasons why we sin with porn the way we do and steps to avoid it.
Somebody that fails this subject and would accept some help would be a good read for them.
It helped me.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good content but a bit redundant and tedious, March 3, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading and a must for anyone being consumed with ..., October 22, 2014
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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. Easy reading and a must for anyone being consumed with or if you know someone who is caught up in porn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book has really opened my eyes to the truths of Pornography, August 8, 2014
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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. Also, showing that every part of the book is necessary in order to fight the battle of Pornography.
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Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free
Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free by Tim Chester (Paperback - October 4, 2010)
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