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Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace Paperback – August 12, 2013
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"No other book I have read so helpfully lays out strategies�strategies you can actually do and that will actually work�in the fight against porn. . . . This book will equip you for the fight." ---Tim Challies, author of Sexual Detox --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
About the Author
Heath Lambert (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Executive Director of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors and the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church Jacksonville, FL. Lambert is also a visiting faculty member at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams (Crossway, 2011), co-editor of Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God's Resources in Scripture (B&H, 2012), and co-author of Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change (P&R, 2015), and author of A Theology of Biblical Counseling: The Doctrinal Foundation of Counseling Ministry (Zondervan, 2016).
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I tend to pass on most books that address the topic of pornography these days. The reason: Many Christian books miss the target all-together. They either focus on addiction, make excuses for men trapped in the sin of pornography, minimize the sin, or offer graphically explicit "help" that does more harm than good. Frankly, most books that deal with this topic are drowning in psychological nonsense that ignores the plain teaching of Scripture. So I pass on most of these books.
However, Heath Lambert's book, Finally Free is different. Here's are several themes I see emerging from the pages of Lambert's book:
An supreme allegiance to Scripture.
A passion for holiness.
A clinging the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
An intense hatred of sin.
A longing to help men trapped by the sin of pornography.
A long list of biblical strategies for defeating sin.
A commitment to exploring themes of sanctification which are grounded in God's forgiving grace and his transforming grace.
The main point of the book serves as the foundation for this excellent piece of writing:
To alert readers to the grace of God which forgives and transforms. Grace that forgives is greatly needed and will of course, bring a great deal of encouragement to men who struggle with sexual sin.
But forgiving grace does not go far enough. Struggling sinners also needs grace that transforms. This kind of grace brings healing. This kind of grace bring hope, and health, and life change. This kind of grace destroys the pull and power of the sin of pornography.
Lambert does a terrific job of blending gospel-centered hope, admonition, and rebuke. Men who struggle in this area should turn to this resource as a source of deep encouragement which will lead to victory over sin. Frankly, Heath Lambert's work is the best contemporary help available in dealing with this kind of sin. The book would be suitable for one-on-one discipleship and would also serve readers well in a small group setting.
Path: Lambert expertly relates the Gospel and its power as the foundation for this book, and then practically walks through the steps to see the forgiveness and transformation take place. Chapter 1 is dedicated to understanding the Gospel and then the following chapters deal with 8 Gospel enabled tools to fight the desire for pornography. Chapter 2: the difference between godly and worldly sorrow. Chapter 3: what true accountability looks like. Chapter 4: radical measures to stay out of hell. Chapter 5: confession and repentance. Chapter 6: Your spouse and purity. Chapter 7: those who pursue porn are prideful. Humble people don't pursue porn. Chapter 8: gratitude and the fight. Chapter 9: how a growing relationship with Jesus will put a desire for porn to death.
He also includes a very helpful appendix for those who have been hurt by a loved one involved in pornography.
Sources: The author brings biblical truth, counseling experience, and wise teachers together in a format that is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to remember.
Agreement: As a pastor who works with young men and families, this is an exceptional book. He is tasteful, so much so an early teen could read it (a problem I had with "Every Man's Battle), yet thorough. He is Gospel centered. He is practical.
While reading the book I was making a note of the people for whom I was going to buy a copy and read through it.
Disagreement: This is the best book I have read yet on the subject and struggled to think of a way to make it better.
Personal App: Am I living in light of the power of the Gospel?
Favorite Quote: "You cannot look at Jesus and look at porn at the same time" (144).
"Jesus is not your lapdog. He is your Sovereign Savior" (148).
This is a top shelf book. It would be worth another read and I would highly recommend it.
I have been working through this book with several guys over the past 2 months. Here are some questions we use as we discuss each chapter.
How would you summarize this chapter?
What was something that stuck out to you?
How do you see that in your life?
Why do we sometimes not want to believe that?
How does this connect to chapter 1, God's transforming grace through the Gospel?
What steps forward are you going to take after reading this chapter?