By Heath Lambert
Pornography, lust, and sexual immorality are enemies to the church. They creep into a Christian’s life and into the life of the church only to leave devastation, destruction, and heart-ach. This is why I am overjoyed to tell you about a book that was written to provide freedom through God’s word for those who struggle with pornography and lust. Paul says to the Ephesians, “Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people” (Ephesians 5:3). Do you want to be freed from the grip of Pornography? This book will point you in the right direction.
Heath Lambert makes clear from the start that the book that it is not ultimately about pornography. Rather, the book is about the “amazing power of Jesus Christ to free you from pornography.” He goes on to say that “Jesus’ power is extremely practical, and so this book is practical as well.” Lambert goes about providing eight biblical strategies to help those struggling with lust and pornography have freedom. One of the radical strengths of this book is its emphasis on grace being the power to change. Many books of this kind leave you discouraged and overwhelmed. This book leaves you encouraged, empowered, and dependant on Jesus, the only real provider of freedom. Lambert says “Every strategy you employ in your fight for purity must be grounded in the grace of God in Christ if it is to lead to lasting freedom.” This is the main reason I recommend this book.
Chapter 9 is my personal favorite chapter. This chapter leads the reader to see victory overpornography as more than just not looking at pornography. The real victory comes when you desire and seek to look at Jesus more than you desire and seek to look at porn. As Lambert says, “you cannot look at Jesus and look at porn at the same time. You have to stop doing one to do the other.” This understanding of desire is central and beneficial.
Each chapter ends with a set of main points and exhortations. This helps readers go from knowledge to action in practical ways. Moreover, this book is not just for those who have a struggle with pornography. This book provides help for addiction in general and provides a helpful tool when helping others through this challenge. I pray that if you deal with this death causing sin, you would find the magnificent power of God’s grace by reading this book.
Book Review by Pastor Jonathan Ahlgren
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