My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This Christian book is designed to be read in daily or weekly increments over 6 weeks, but I read it all in two days! It has reflective questions at the end of each section that can be answered alone or in a group study.
I loved that this book is saturated with Scripture! Almost every other page quotes Scripture or refers to a Bible example. The writing is thoughtful, and exhorts the reader to think carefully about God’s Word, and to examine our hearts circumspectly. It really puts a spotlight on the truth of spiritual warfare, and how our sexual nature plays a large part in that battle.
A good portion of the book deals with our spiritual and sexual identities, and how we can deceive ourselves into thinking that those identities are separate from each other. I was glad that the major focus of the book is God’s love and forgiveness in the midst of our sin.
One of the main focuses of the book is to explore how some particular emptiness in our lives drives us to fill that space with sexual sin. And the book does a wonderful job of showing how only God, only the love of Christ, can fill that emptiness and bring us what we truly desire- emotional intimacy with God. This is illustrated with personal stories and short testimonies from real (anonymous) people, who declare God’s grace and love through their own sexual struggles.
There are whole chapters full of practical advice for resisting temptation, but my favorite was the advice on how to know if the thoughts and feelings of sexual guilt or desire are coming from God or from Satan. Sometimes there are storms of wild thoughts racing through our heads, and it is so difficult to find the truth in all that chaos. Asking yourself, “Is that thought I’m having from God or is it a lie of Satan?” and having a real logical way to KNOW the difference is invaluable when navigating the murky waters of sexual morality.
I really loved the practical advice and real-life answers in this book!
Disclaimer: I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher/author through NetGalley, in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.