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"This is a dangerous and beautiful book, filled with courage, filled with hope. This book will set you free. The process Michael describes here works--I've seen it happen with many menThat's why you should read this book. Then give it to every man you know."
--John Eldredge, Author of Wild at Heart and Beautiful Outlaw

"Surfing for God is a profoundly necessary book for men. Not only does Cusick connect our sexual struggles and desires to our spirituality, he demonstrates through his own redemptive journey how to embrace the brokenness we carry, and live out of that place. This is where a true and centered life is found. I'm thrilled that this book is available for those haunted by sexual struggle, and have found it deeply encouraging in my own story."

--Charlie Lowell, Jars of Clay

"All of us have addictions--some to success and approval, others to pornography and other vices. Surfing for God
 is a truly helpful resource for those struggling with painful and destructive addictions to pornography and sexual sin. The forthrightness of the author--one who is on his own healing journey--will be a blessing and a guide for all who struggle to take the journey from this particular bondage to the freedom that comes in embracing that which is life indeed."
--Ruth Haley Barton, Founder, Transforming Center
Author of Invitation to Solitude and Silence and Sacred Rhythms
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Michael John Cusick is an ordained minister, spiritual director, and licensed professional counselor who has experienced firsthand the restoring touch of God in a deeply broken life and marriage. Michael founded Restoring the Soul, a ministry whose mission is to provide life changing soul care to Christian leaders. Michael's passion through 25 years of ministry is to connect life's broken realities with the healing power of the gospel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849947235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849947230
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,287 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By James R. V. Matichuk on May 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
Pornography is a real problem. Consider these statistics:

-25% of search engine requests are for pornography - 68 million per day.
-70% of the hits on Internet sex sites occur between 9-5 on business computers.
-Over 50 percent of evangelical pastors report they viewed pornography last year.
-Over 70% of Christian men report viewing pornography in the last year.

And I would say, that as a whole Christians have responded rather poorly to what amounts to a sin epidemic in our culture. So I am happy to recommend a book which gets at the heart of some of the issues which are tangled up with pornography. Michael John Cusick is an ordained minister, licensed professional counselor and spiritual director. He is also is a recovering sex addict (living in freedom) who had an addiction to pornography, strip clubs, masturbation and prostitution. He sees the bankruptcy of a life in bondage, but he also knows that men act out in sexual sins because they are broken and wounded.

But before I tell you about this book, let me briefly tell you where I think other Christian approaches get this wrong. One popular Christian book seems to say:

Objectifying other women is wrong, just objectify your wife. She is there primarily for your sexual pleasure(based on a reading of Job's famous `covenant with his eyes in Job 31).
Women who are not your spouse are sources of temptation and should be avoided at all costs.
You should also avoid places like parks, the beach, roads that women jog on, supermarkets, hair salons and shopping malls.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Book Reviewer on May 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God." - G.K. Chesterton

Author Michael John Cusick has offered a fresh text on the battle within a man's heart over lust. It is clear within the text that the Cusick knows what he is writing about. He understands the battle within a man's soul and this what he can discover in porn is broken promises, emptiness and major hurt - that trickles outside of the computer screen into reality of relationships and life.

In the text, the author exposes pornography for what it is - SIN. It is dangerous. It is NOT a game. It will leave a man lonely, damaged and scarred with major repercussions that ripple into the avenues of his life. One of the circumstances that come with porn struggle is that it takes a man and turns him into a control freak. When a man is searching for porn, he is never told no by a porn film. With one or one-hundred clicks of a mouse, a man can see whatever he wants without ever being told no. This action then follows him when he walks away from his computer and he envisions this control in all avenues of life...therefore damaging his interpersonal relationship skills.

If you've never understood the clear lies of porn, please read this book. The exposing of the broken & empty promises are so clear and true.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Charles E. Roberts on May 22, 2012
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by Chuck Roberts, MA, LPC

"If you are losing the battle, please read closely: following Jesus consists of so much more than trying harder and white-knuckling your way through it. You can be free. God has charted a path to freedom that men before you have walked. You can discover this path leading to authentic transformation in your soul, a path that consists of so much more than sin management. You also need to know that your masculine soul is deeper and truer than your desire for porn." -Michael J. Cusick

Back in January I found out that one of my former professors was about to publish a book about sexual addiction. As a counselor who is always looking for resources to recommend to my clients, as well as reading for my own continuing education, I immediately contacted Michael Cusick to inquire about the book. He graciously sent me a PDF of the book for me to read in advance, with the caveat that it was for "my eyes only." Since then his book has caused me no small amount of trouble. I work with sex addicts in my counseling practice. Most of them show up at my office carrying a mountain of shame, wanting desperately to be free and wondering if that's possible any longer. Within the first few pages of Michael's book I knew I was holding a gem, a resource that would be lifegiving to my clients. The "trouble" I jokingly refer to is that I've had to tell clients the past couple of months, "there's a really helpful book on its way if you can just wait a little longer." Good news, it's almost here! (It's now available for pre-order on Amazon).
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