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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031027107X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310271079
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Craig Gross takes the time to tell his story and display the very human face of porn addicts and the stars they idolize. [He] does an excellent job of laying out the growing problems facing our culture without being overly dramatic or needlessly graphic....[The book] effectively communicates an important message: The suffocating prison of pornography can only be battled by the hard, frustrating work of genuinely loving people. A good tool for those struggling to minister in this area.' (YouthWorker Journal)

'...the most helpful tool I've reviewed....Really great stuff.' (Youthworker Journal)

From the Back Cover

Addiction to pornography has exploded to epidemic proportions, infiltrating churches and holding our pastors, friends, and family members prisoner. But no one—not even the church—is talking about this dangerous and destructive addiction.



The Dirty Little Secret follows Pastor Craig Gross as he breaks the silence and begins his ministry XXXchurch.com, a website devoted to fighting pornography. As he meets people in the industry and those addicted to porn, Craig exposes the very real, human face of pornography and the destructive physical, emotional, and spiritual toll it takes. The Dirty Little Secret plainly reveals the addictive lure of pornography, explores the pain and brokenness it causes, and challenges us as individuals and as the church to talk about and openly fight pornography. Don’t be tempted to keep this secret any longer.



If this book won't make you roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, then you need to check your pulse.

—Skip Mathews, president, Integrity Online --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The author is passionately against porn, but not in a judgmental or holier-than-thou way.
Erik Olson
It touched some extremely important lessons for all of us to understand, and again Craig writes In a very easy understood way.
Emil Lavsen
It is obvious that the author has devoted alot of time to research, that in turn led him to write this book.
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Erik Olson VINE VOICE on May 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I first heard about the XXXChurch website a couple of years ago. It looked like an edgy idea by a young Christian man called to stand against porn in the Church. I applauded his courage for confronting the issue head-on, and liked that he leavened his stand with some humor. "Dirty Little Secret" is from Craig Gross, the founder of this organization. As the title suggests, porn is something the Church sweeps under the narthex rug. Since I wage my own battle against self-medication, I was interested in what he had to say.

"Dirty Little Secret" isn't bad. The author is passionately against porn, but not in a judgmental or holier-than-thou way. He and his cohorts set up booths at porn conventions to provide a way out for those who produce and act in adult movies. They also seek to help church leaders deal with their usage, since it has become almost epidemic in the pastoral community. That kind of "grace with teeth" is better than the legalistic and shame-based approach of most churches (when they aren't in denial, that is).

However, despite the author's good intentions, books like this one have a fatal flaw. They are big on showcasing porn's worst-case consequences, but short on providing solid ways of prevention and adequate solutions for addicts (or even dabblers). Like in war, no one gets into porn with the goal of becoming a casualty. Casual indulgers become blase after years of not even coming close to experiencing the hell of a raging porn addict. The more insidious consequences of dabbling, such as subtle effects on dating or marriage relations, should've merited more exploration. It seems that because porn is so easy to get (especially with the advent of the Internet), prevention has been abandoned in favor of focusing on treatment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Randy A. Michaud on July 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
The information in this book changed my life! This is far more than a "how to" guide for resisting the poison that is porn. The telling of the real life interactions and infiltration of the porn industry with the love of Christ by Craig Gross and company will change your heart and forever alter the way you view this problem.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Barr on May 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is a book that doesn't judge or criticize you for looking at porn. Many of us have done it when we were young: Found Dad's porn collection somewhere; Watched (or even been caught) watching porn on the internet. This book gives you respect. Respect in opening up the industry in a no-holds-barred, completely real with real-life experiences kind of way. It shows its not a fairy-tale lifestyle (not that we thought it was), but its enough to think: Do I want to get my pleasure from other people's pain? Examples on how porn has screwed up people's lives (the actors, as well as the viewers at home) makes you think twice.

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This book is extemely well written. It is obvious that the author has devoted alot of time to research, that in turn led him to write this book. This book will expose what is in the shadows of the porn industry. And it also addresses the issues that Christians have with porn, including PASTORS. I have learned so much from this book. The knowledge I have received from this book has helped shape my views on pornography. I feel truly blessed and nourished by this book. If you are looking for ways to break away from porn or you are trying to decide whether porn is good or bad for you, this book can truly help you.
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