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Surviving Sexual Brokenness: What Grace Can Do

4.5 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1449707316
ISBN-10: 1449707319
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Westbow Press (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449707319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449707316
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,574,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Thom Hunter is an author and public speaker, based in Norman, Oklahoma. He shares the truth with compassion and encouragement for individuals and families who struggle with sexual and relational brokenness, particularly within the church and in Christian families. Thom and Lisa have been married for more 38 years. He is available to speak to your church or group. Contact him at th2950@yahoo.com.

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In the introduction to Thom Hunter's book, _Surviving Sexual Brokenness: What Grace Can Do_, there is a paragraph which I underlined and referred to almost every time I returned to the book: "It took me a long time to admit I was 'sexually broken.' I knew from an early age that engaging in sexual activity with a person of the same sex was wrong. I knew it instinctively, but I also knew it spiritually. God's Word was clear on the issue. Still, it seemed impossible to resist and yielding to it cost me greatly. Only by accepting the fact that I was `broken,' could I accept my need for repair, through a desire for holiness.'"

As the leader of a recovery group for sexually broken Christian men (freeinchrist@yahoogroups.com), this paragraph could easily exemplify the problem and also the solution to the pain and suffering of hundreds of people I encounter; their misery is genuine, for they are truly sexually broken; but as for the solution, they are as individuals in a very dark room, holding an extension cord of wholeness, but unable to find the electrical outlet because of the terrifying darkness. And that outlet is the grace of God

Sexual brokenness is sexual brokenness, regardless of the form in which it manifests itself - pornography, adultery, homosexuality, pedophilia, bestiality, incest, etc. Thom Hunter's book alludes to possible causes for this brokenness, but he is not rash enough to proclaim that he has found the solution. As a father of five who fought, fell and rose again to fight against unwanted same-sex attraction, he has suffered fractured relationships with some of his children. He has been vilified and cast out of his own church by those who apparently choose to hide their own brokenness.
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This is a book that has surprised me in the way it has stayed with me and brought me back again and again to it's pages for just one more glimpse into the helpful insights it offers. If I could change anything about this book it would only be it's name. For I believe this book not only offers hope and inspiration to those who struggle with sexual brokenness but to any who struggle with life in general, no matter the area of weakness and confusion. Chapter Ten, RECLAIMING TATTERED INTEGRITY, includes practical down to earth steps that clearly guide the reader in the direction to restoration and offers hope to those who feel they have no more chances left. I have found myself sharing the valuable truths in this book in many conversations of late. As a volunteer chaplain in local prisons I often witness the devastation and grief which come from past experiences of sexual abuse. The subsequent bad choices which evolve from abuse leave the victim dangling on a tightrope of addictions and strongholds with a chasmal void of loneliness and despair underneath. This book takes an honest hard look at brokenness and the rationalizations, delusions and despair that surround it. If you, or someone you know, needs a practical how to book for finding wholeness this book is where to begin. It not only shines the light on those who have fallen but on those who are suppose to be there to help them back up. Many thought provoking and convicting statements are made in this book that have made me take a long hard look at the true meaning of compassion and the harm that we can unintentionally inflict when our intentions are to help. This book is for strugglers, for those who love them and for those who need to learn how to love them.
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Mr. Thom Hunter in his book SURVIVING SEXUAL BROKENESS ventures where very few go in the Christian world: transparency, sexual brokeness and restoration. There is no "Halleluyah Mask" here! It is a powerful and gutsy book that raises visceral emotions that most would rather keep in darkness but emotions that nonetheless need to be exposed for healing and restoration.

In his masterful way of wordcrafting, Mr. Hunter artfully, beautifully and painfully takes us on his journey of sexual brokenness and how the L_RD has used this pain to minister to others. Some of the issues brought up are disappointment from people that one should feel comfortable with, unmet expectations, violated trust, and trying to live up to the expectations of others behind a facade of suppurating and bleeding wounds and the book does so WITHOUT delving into quasi-pornografic details.

It is a cautionary tale for those who secretly flirt with sin while deceiving themselves by believing that it won't happen to them or that they won't be caught---the deception of denial; it is also a powerful testimony of redemption and restoration. I have used the lessons that I have learned from his fall and restoration to counsel others in areas that the Body of Messiah would rather keep silent about and/or ignore. Silence=death in one form or another! It not only raises issues but offers hope and solutions for men and women who have been bruised from addictions and hidden wounds, whatever they may be.
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I don't know Thom personally, only through blogging online and reading what he has written. In this book, Thom shares from his personal experience, without delving into lurid detail, in such a way as to give grace to others who are in the struggle themselves.

If I were required to describe the book using a single word, I would use the word transparent. This isn't a theory book or an abstract look at the problem of sexual issues in the body of Christ. This is the story and lessons learned by a man who has been through the fire personally and been given the grace and the gift to share the lessons learned with those are at an earlier point in the journey or who have not gotten the courage to start. Make no mistake about it, this book will challenge and prod in a good way.

There may be those who question the notion of sexual brokenness that Thom is talking about in the book, but statistics bear out the depth of the issue within the church itself and in society as a whole. We live in a culture that glorifies sex and promiscuity and promotes an "anything goes" attitude toward sex. While most churchgoers understand the inherent problem with this worldview, we have struggled with how to respond. Some pastor's have gone along with the "sensationalization of sex" and made responding to it part of their marketing ploy if you will. Others have chosen to not say much at all. Thom addresses head on the fact of sexual brokenness that surrounds us in the pews and offers help on reaching out to those who have already wrecked into the shoals or are perilously close to such a disaster. Despite the cries of those who would say otherwise, ignoring God's plan for sex will lead to brokenness.
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