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Undefiled: Redemption From Sexual Sin, Restoration For Broken Relationships Paperback – September 1, 2009
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The often quoted saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” holds true in this recent work of Dr. Harry Schaumburg. The Church of Jesus Christ is thoroughly enmeshed in one moral crisis after the other, and we have been in desperate need for a truly biblical answer to this crisis. Several thousand years ago, someone said, “...Increased years should teach wisdom.” It is evident that Dr. Schaumburg’s years of experience and his commitment to a thoroughly biblical approach to dealing with this issue has produced a work that shines with penetrating light into the one of the darkest areas of 21st century Christian life. I commend this work as a handbook for study in every church, as a resource to every pastor who has or will face this matter in their ministry and as a diagnostic tool for personal evaluation of one’s own life and walk. No pastor’s library should be without this wonderful tool. If Undefiled is taken seriously, it could produce a sea change in Christian behavior.
Bishop Joseph L. Garlington, Sr.
Covenant Church of Pittsburgh
Reconciliation Ministries International
As the Church awakens to the mushrooming challenges of sexual sin and temptation, this book is important. Not only does Dr.
Schaumburg capture hearts through compelling narrative, he addresses the real issues head on. The author integrates a much needed Biblical
view of sex into the fabric of everyday faith. But most importantly, Dr. Schaumburg emphasizes the concept of sin, rather than the more
typical categorization of sexual sin as disease. Because sin is thoroughly addressed here with the gospel of Jesus Christ, hope and
power are present. Undefiled is substantial, but written in a way that people can comprehend. It is my prayer that this work will be
widely read - leading to understanding, repentance and faith, and God's blessing for people and families.
From a former client:
Before going to see Dr. Schaumburg, I was terrified. Not only had my world as I thought I knew it crumbled, but I was desperate for some answers to why my spouse had done these things: didn’t he care about our marriage? Our family? What was so wrong with me that he had to go elsewhere? While reeling from the revelations, I faced the thought of what to do next: should we spend more money we didn’t have on counseling that although it was “christian” hadn’t helped in the past?
Now, as an alumni of Dr. Schaumberg’s method, I can tell you that this book offers a real answer for the above questions facing so many broken marriages today. The real solution is not about the counseling, the recovery programs, and finding who to blame for one’s behavior--we tried those and they didn’t bring true change. Dr. Schaumberg’s method gets to the heart of the matter, literally. He guides each person to examine their own heart and see how it lines up with God’s will for their life, step by step, just as if you were going through his program. You will not be the same person you were if you read and follow the instructions in this book; in it you will find the keys to sexual redemption.
From a former client:
The resources Harry is making available to use in the local church will transform people’s hearts and minds. I am confident that the truth contained in these new resources will begin to shatter the strongholds that have held many captive for years. If more people are exposed to this truth, hopefully the tide of self-help can be stemmed and the tide of clean heart, clean mind can begin to grow.
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Schaumburg correctly gets to the root of sexual addictions and how to be free from them: it’s a heart and sin problem. Though he knows the answer lies within the gospel, he doesn’t just simply say, “Take one of God’s-pill and your problems will blink away.” His main point is captured in chapter eight: “When you change the inside of your life … the outside will change, too, … sexual redemption is a deeper work … than a successful averting of the eyes, a good accountability partner, working the steps, having a plan of protection, or escaping a dysfunctional family.” (77) This internal heart change is reinforced throughout the book, from every conceivable angle, and succinctly condensed in Appendix 3: What Does It Mean to “Get It”?
He believes that people, unfortunately, seek help for sex sins, perhaps even with godly sorrow and a deep desire to change their external behavior, but often fail in their attempts to change their behavior. Why? Their goal is to save their marriage, not reap the consequences of this sin, etc. Their methods focus on controlling external behavior through all the latest methods. They’re a people focusing on everything but internal heart change.
His communication style leans more to that of a preacher than a counselor, as he repetitiously fortifies his argument with terms like gospel and sin, heart and head, redemption, forgiveness, and God’s empowering presence but nuances these words with decades of counseling experience in this area.
Schaumburg primarily addresses his thoughts to men struggling in these areas. Because Christian sex typically revolves around the topic of marriage and the character of a person, he’ll naturally interject his perspective on the proper marriage model and the ideal man. Whether you agree with his perspective on these two areas, this book can still help.
His perspective on marriage is in line with "Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood," edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. I could’ve done without his repeated vent against “wimpy men,” which impressed upon me that Schaumberg’s idea of the ideal male falls very close to being a John Wayne. This should not surprise: as he has been through many hard situations and risen to the occasion; e.g., newly married he and Rosemary set off to Afghanistan, minus any financial support; they lost a child two days after birth, and still ministered in Afghanistan for five years; he’s also the survivor of several other hard scenarios and went through what he calls “a crises of faith.”
This book would be especially helpful, if you're struggling in this area or want to counsel someone forward from this area! This pastor easily recommends it.