Wednesday, June 22, 2011

book review: Every Man's battle

When I requested this book I didn’t notice the part of the title that said this is a companion guide for personal or group study. Although the book might be used as stand-alone material with the reader adapting as necessary to not having read the book, it didn’t work that well for me.
The authors address an important question --how to stay on the path of sexual purity – while being bombarded from every direction with impediments to staying on the path.
The first 50+ pages give the reader a good introduction and overview of the problem and the reasons why men should be focused viewing sex as God intended it. As the authors point out it’s difficult to maintain a biblical viewpoint with the access of internet pornography, movies that 20 years ago would have been rated “R” but are now rated PG-13, and the use of sex in print ads…all to sell something.
One thing that particularly stood out was that thanks to the prevalence of pornographic or sexually stimulating materials so readily available, men are becoming more inwardly focused: even within the confines of marriage, sex often becomes more about intensity than about intimacy.
As the authors point out, if single men don’t fight and win this battle, they get married and it quickly becomes the married man’s battle.
There are some excellent tips in this book for single and married men.
I can’t give this book the high score that it probably deserves because it came as a stand-alone and it seems that it really needs to be used in conjunction with another book.
“I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.

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