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Man Vs. Lust: A Young Man's Guide to Sexual Purity Paperback – December 1, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 73 pages
  • Publisher: Clearnote Press (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098435140X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984351404
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,125,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Because of the pervasive immorality of our culture, many young Christian men wish they had a godly Dutch uncle who would take them aside and tell it to them straight. Well, they do have one and he wrote a short, little book for them this one. David Canfield has good sense and good humor in equal measure, and I trust that many young men will find this book very helpful. --Douglas Wilson, Minister, Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho

Honest, practical, insightful, powerful, and most of all biblical, this brief book is strong medicine for a dying world. I pray it will bless thousands of men, and thousands of marriages. It has already blessed me, and I pray it will bless you. --R.C. Sproul, Jr., Founder and Chairman, Highland Ministries, Virginia; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

About the Author

David Canfield received a Doctor of Music in Composition and has had his works performed all over the world. For several decades he's been the world's leading classical record expert, producing the world-wide standard guide. He serves on the faculty of Clearnote Pastors College and is an elder at Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. As an elder, David has spent years mentoring young men with sexual addictions. This book is the fruit of those labors.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbenhase on February 6, 2011
In Man vs. Lust, David Deboor Canfield sets out to encourage and equip young men to battle their sexual sin, warning them that "all sexual immorality has tragic consequences" (9). He begins by laying a biblical foundation, helping the reader to understand sex, its meaning and its purpose. From this base he argues the dire need for sexual purity and goes on to offer very practical, insightful advice for battling lust and other sexual sin.

Given the fact that most young men--even the well-meaning ones who know they must keep themselves from lust and fornication--don't truly have a biblical understanding of sex, Canfield's systematic explanation of marriage and sexuality is almost invaluable. By establishing a framework for understanding what God intended sex to be, the author is able to show very clearly why it so terribly important to flee this type of immorality.

However, Canfield does not stop there. He goes on to give very practical advice and specific guidelines for safeguarding oneself against sexual sin, stressing the importance of discipline in all areas of life. To many young readers, this may be the best advice they've ever received...

By progressing through the natural chronology of a young man's life (from pre-dating years until post-wedding years), Canfield is able to tactfully deal with a number of practical issues that arise along the way, ranging from finding a woman to the touchy subject of sexual abuse. He does not shy away from any topic that relates to male sexuality, instead confronting awkward conversations head-on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josh on January 15, 2011
Man vs. Lust is a small book by David DeBoors Canfield that I recently read and that I have found to be extremely biblical and extremely practical. Although it is primarily intended for young men, I believe it can be a valuable resource for many others as well. I have personally benefitted from many of its insights, and I have shared parts of it with several others, including the woman I am pursuing and the high school guys I disciple. I will actually be leading my discipleship group through this book in the next few weeks. It is short enough to be read in a few days, yet deep and practical enough to be used as a continual resource. The author has grounded each of his points in Scripture, while also throwing in many contemporary real world situations.

The book starts out with an excellent introduction explaining God's purposes for marriage and sex. It clearly demonstrates how both sex and marriage point us toward God, giving us a physical means to understand spiritual realities. I thought one of the best parts of this chapter was the explanation of why homosexual relationships (aside from being clearly forbidden in Scripture) cannot honor God and his plan for sex and marriage.

Man vs. Lust builds upon that early biblical foundation to tackle many tough issues regarding purity, temptation, sin, and practical ways to approach these issues for people who are single, dating or engaged, and also those who are married. I really appreciated all of the different real life stories that were presented so that guys in different stages of life could relate.
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