- Paperback: 147 pages
- Publisher: WaterBrook; 1st edition (August 16, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781400071289
- ISBN-13: 978-1400071289
- ASIN: 1400071283
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
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“There is no more common enemy of true manhood than the diversion or the perversion of our sexual capacities. I welcome every contribution to the arsenal of resistance.”
—JACKW. HAYFORD, LITTD, founding pastor of the Church on theWay and chancellor of The King’s University
“This book will revolutionize the marriage of every man who reads it. Why? Because every man battles sexual temptations and every marriage grows stronger when these temptations are defeated. The vulnerable, honest, and insightful pages of this book reveal what every man must know.”
—DRS. LES AND LESLIE PARROTT, authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts
“This timely resource presents clear practical principles for sexual purity. Arterburn and Stoeker call for courage, commitment, and self-discipline as they lead men into a more successful relationship with God, family, and spouse. This book is truly for every man.”
—DR. JOHN C. MAXWELL, founder of EQUIP
“God has used Steve Arterburn countless times to impact my heart and life; I am thankful for him and his investment in Every Man’s Battle. I am also grateful for Fred Stoeker. Fred pours himself into this book with honesty, vulnerability, and a practical strategy to fight the good fight. He offers biblical truth and hope to anyone with ears to hear how to battle the war of sexual temptation. Read with an open heart—Every Man’s Battle may save your marriage and your witness.”
—DR. GARY ROSBERG, president of America’s Family Coaches and coauthor of Guard Your Heart and The Five Love Needs of Men and Women
“Every Young Man’s Battle does the best job I have ever seen on the subject of sexual temptation. Once upon a time we lived in a world that didn’t talk about secrets, and that world has brought us to the mess we are in today. Young men must have an honest, blunt, and unashamedly Christian look at their sexuality. This book will save thousands of future marriages.”
—JIM BURNS, president of HomeWord
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As a single man, you're in a war against sexual temptation.
But God has given you powerful ammunition.
"A comprehensive workbook for personal or group study!
You're bombarded by sexual images. You're constantly battling inner urges. You want to do right-in fact, you want to meet God's standard of avoiding any hint of sexual immorality. But accomplishing that goal is a challenge.
If you are a single man struggling to remain sexually pure, you are not alone. Now there's practical, hard-hitting help from the authors of the blockbuster Every Man series. "Every Single Man's Battle Workbook guides you-or your men's group-through an honest and clear exploration of God's Word. You'll undertake a personal journey into key Scriptures, wrestle with questions for reflection and examination, and discover the practical tools and Biblical strategies you need to live the pure life God is calling you to-- even while living in a sexually soaked culture.
Make a frontal assault on the temptation every single man faces. This workbook provides all the resources you need.
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The book begins with the authors' stories, and reference is made to how, after one of the author's divorces, God had to go to plan "B" for his life (9). I believe in the Sovereign God Who doesn't make mistakes and doesn't need to turn to a plan "B"!
The authors talk about pornography as being the primary problem of single men, and I question if that is accurate. Perhaps I am not the average single man, but I raise the question about their assumption.
The authors, to my reading, write only about single men who intend/desire marriage. They do no address those persons who have/believe they have the gift of celibacy. Just because one has the gift of celibacy does not mean that one will never have a lustful thought. They need to also address those who are "eunuchs for the Kingdom" - either here or in another volume. Those single men have their own unique set of issues and temptations.
Still, the authors make three points about single men and sexuality which I agree are extremely important: Singles must have others to whom they are accountable - not just to God, but to other human beings who will help them and pray with them and be a human reminder of their desire for purity.
Spiritual revival is of utmost necessity. Everyone needs to be in the Scripture every day, and singles will find help in pursuing after God in pursuing after God - not giving themselves the time and the opportunity to stray.
And, all sex before marriage is sin. We often try to excuse this act or that act, so long it is not a genital act, but God condemns all sexual acts prior to marriage. That is a message we need to hear over and over - it is a message which society finds scandalous, but it is true.
However, the straw that breaks the camel's back, which makes me not recommend this book, is the theology throughout the "companion guide" that as Christians, victory is available to us, but we have to appropriate it for ourselves. They give examples of people who received victory and then gave it away, etc. This is a misunderstanding of the Scripture.
We are victorious in Christ. Period. The battle has been one. We have been justified.
"'Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 15:54b-56, ESV).
"For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" (I John 5:4-5, ESV).
We were born dead in our sin, slavers to the world, the flesh, and the devil. But Christ had given us victory over sin and death through His Meritorious Work on the cross, which satisfies for we who believe.
Martin Luther said that we are simultaneously justified and sinners. Christ has done the work, our debt has been paid, His Righteousness has been applied to our accounts, so the elect of God are Christ's forever - yet we sin.
What does that mean? That we have not rightly or fully appropriated the victory? Has Jesus promised us sinless perfection in this life? No! We are righteous in God's Sight through Jesus. The Holy Spirit now indwells us and leads us to grow in holiness. We continue to sin in this life - though, hopefully, less and less - and when we do, we turn to our faithful Savior and confess our sin to Him and receive the forgiveness He already merited for us on the cross.
I am victorious in Jesus because Jesus is victorious and has made me His own. Now, I struggle and run and fight my way towards the finish line, confessing my sin and relying on Jesus - not on my application of the victory.
[This review appears on Amazon.com and on my blog. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.]
"Every Single Man's Battle - Staying on the Path of Sexual Purity" is another installment in this popular series of books. While it is a very quick read, they pack a lot of challenging and through provoking material into roughly 185 pages. This even includes a workbook to apply the information within the book. In this book, the reader is challenged to explore key scriptures and consider what God is saying to them about living a life of purity.
While female readers may dismiss this as a book for only single men, I would encourage you to read it as well. As my wife often points out, men think very differently than women. This might give you some insight into the thoughts and struggles of EVERY man, not just single men. It might give you a respect for their battle. It might also challenge you as many woman face the same struggles but are embarrassed to discuss it.
I give "Every Single Man's Battle" a 4 out of 5
Disclosure of Material Connection: Multnomah Publishers sent me a free copy of this book as part of their bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."