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About the Author

Tim Challies is a blogger, author, web designer, book reviewer, and pastor. His websites include Challies.com and DiscerningReader.com. Tim has written The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, published by Crossway, and The Next Story, published by Zondervan.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453807284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453807286
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am a follower of Jesus Christ, a husband to Aileen and a father to three young children. I write books and blogs for fun while doing web consulting for a living. I worship and serve at Grace Fellowship Church, edit Discerning Reader and am a co-founder of Cruciform Press. My books include "The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment," "Sexual Detox," and "The Next Story."

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This book is also an extremely easy read.
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The raw insight provided by the author gives exquisite details into the mind and act of sexual sin.
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I heartily recommend this book to every man.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Cousineau on November 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
Even though Sexual Detox is rather short, it is jam packed with great content. The book seeks to address the struggles men have with pornography and masturbation and to help lead the reader into a proper, biblical view of our sexuality. Sexual Detox is broken up into six chapters, Reality of Pornography; Pornography vs. Marriage; A Theology of Masturbation; Four Gifts of Sex; Detox in the Bedroom and Detox in Your Soul. These chapters each end with a short section of questions called Think. The Think sections are designed for you to talk through in a community of trusted guys who will help you overcome the sinful temptations that assault us all. At the end of Sexual Detox, Cruciform Press adds a great sermon from C.H. Spurgeon entitled, "Comfort for the Tempted" on 1 Cor. 10.13.

The content of this book is stellar. As a youth pastor, husband and guy I have read many books that look at the problems addressed in Sexual Detox. Many times these books have great content but always seem to leave you wondering just what the author means. They tend to show the problem and sinful acts of sexual behavior but never draw a hard and fast biblical line as to what can and can't be done. Sexual Detox not only calls sin for what it is, a blatant offense to a glorious God, but it also confronts the many 'gray' areas we often try to hide in.

Sexual Detox is not only firmly biblical, but also immensely practical. This book can be of great help to men who have struggled, are struggling or could struggle (which is all of us) with pornography, masturbation or a distorted view of their sexuality. The questions at the end of each chapter make it ideal for use in an adult men's small group or fight club.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Travis Peterson on November 16, 2010
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In his book, Sexual Detox, Tim challies offers simple, biblical counsel for men who are struggling with the tragic impact of pornography on their sexuality. Challies understands the prevalence and the destructiveness of pornography, and he speaks in his book to the hearts of men who need God's help to again view sex rightly.

Positives

Challies writes in a way that is open and frank without crossing the line into being crude. Often, in a book on this topic, the author, in order to prove he is a real guy with real guy struggles, will share too much with his readers in too descriptive a way. Challies does not fall into this pattern. This is good, as Challies performs the rare feat of talking about issues of lust without stirring up dangerous images in his readers' minds.

Challies plan of organization in this work is also effective. Before he gets into the nuts and bolts of what men need to do, he spends two chapters helping guys to develop a biblical theology of their sexuality. This is good, as men need to first understand what God has taught on this issue before they can make lasting changes that honor God.

This book is also an extremely easy read. A pastor could give Sexual Detox to a young man who is struggling and not fear that the terminology will be too much. This book could possibly even be used with youth so long as the youth minister or a parent worked with the young men to get through some of the issues in the text.

Negatives

A slight negative that I have regarding this book is that, because of its readily accessible writing style, arguments are not always as thoroughly made as I might prefer. On occasion, Challies will tell us that "This is the reason that...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Walker on March 18, 2011
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Beginning life as a series of blog posts, this book is a very brief and direct treatment of an issue that, like it or not, almost every man must face, with sexual imagery either aggressively invading our hearts or a mere moment away, should our hearts desire it. The closest we get here to a definition of pornography is "a representation of sexuality that promotes either isolating acts of masturbation or abhorrently selfish acts of sexual abuse." With that broad starting point, the author delivers a short, sharp shock to the spiritual system. Challies succeeds where several authors on a similar topic fail: he manages to be transparent without titillating, being frank but not crude, blunt without becoming vulgar. He urges upon his readers the profound dangers and far-reaching damage of pornography, speaking plainly of sin and grace, with some hard-hitting questions at the end of each short chapter. The whole is well-balanced, as he addresses not only the putting to death of sexual sin, but also the cultivation of genuine holiness in this area of life. In short, he earnestly demands that the porn-sick man get on his knees and - in dependence upon God's grace in Christ - recalibrate his mind, heart and soul with regard to pornography. Those who are fed up hiding from this issue in their own lives or the lives of others will find this an excellent resource, being less about the spark of sin and more about the tinder of the heart. It drives at the right target, speaks with compassionate yet clear language, and offers a genuine and grace-soaked solution.
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