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Think Before You Look: The Consequences of Secret Temptation

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40 POWERFUL REASONS TO RISE ABOVE TEMPTATION

 

The treacherous sea of PORNOGRAPHY is drowning millions of young and middle-aged men. Research indicates that 60 percent of Christian men are addicted to pornography. Most are naive and unprepared as they journey into the attractive but deadly waters. The best approach to helping men with this struggle is to give them strong preventive tools.

THINK Before you LOOK  provides a useful and ...

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Overview

40 POWERFUL REASONS TO RISE ABOVE TEMPTATION

 

The treacherous sea of PORNOGRAPHY is drowning millions of young and middle-aged men. Research indicates that 60 percent of Christian men are addicted to pornography. Most are naive and unprepared as they journey into the attractive but deadly waters. The best approach to helping men with this struggle is to give them strong preventive tools.

THINK Before you LOOK  provides a useful and timeless approach to avoiding the temptations of pornography before it's too late. The content springs from the author's experiences working with thousands of men and counseling many about the painful issues revolving around the porn industry. Each brief chapter explains the practical rationale and biblical basis for steering clear of pornography's clutches.

The chapters are succinct, sometimes humorous-though meaty enough to offer solid biblical equipping for the battle. It's approach leads to a fast-paced read that avoids academic and clinical terminology yet is designed to further personal or group Bible study.

THINK Before You LOOK  promises to help those drowning and warn others who are considering the shadowy water.

 

SOME OF THE 40 REASONS TO AVOID PORNOGRAPHY:

> To avoid a life-pattern of deception

> To live in reality rather than fantasy

> To develop disciplined

> To avoid the pathway that could easily result in infidelity

> To model strong and genuine moral values for my children

40 powerful reasons to rise above temptation. The treacherous sea of pornography is drowning millions of young and middle-aged men. Research indicates that sixty percent of Christian men are addicted to pornography. Most are naive and unprepared as they journey into the attractive but deadly waters. The best approach to helping men with this struggle is to give them strong preventive tools. Think Before You Look: Avoiding the Consequences of Secret Temptation provides a useful and timeless approach to avoiding the temptations of pornography before it is too late. The book is unique because the title does not presume guilt. The content springs from the author's experiences working with thousands of men and counseling many about the painful issues revolving around the porn industry. Each brief chapter explains the practical rationale and biblical basis for steering clear of pornography's clutches. Each chapter is succinct, sometimes humorous; yet meaty enough to offer sold biblical equipping for the battle. The approach avoids academic and clinical terminology. Instead, the writing is fast-paced, direct, and designed to lead to further personal or group Bible study. Think Before You Look promises to help the drowning and warn those considering the shadowy water.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899571645
  • Publisher: AMG Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,447,229
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

 C O N T E N T S

 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS  VII

FOREWORD  By Trent Dilfer  xiii

PREFACE  XVII

INTRODUCTION: CONSIDERING THE CONSEQUENCES   1

A LONELY LUST  7

 

AVOIDING THE CONSEQUENCES OF SECRET TEMPTATION

40 POWERFUL REASONS TO AVOID PORNOGRAPHY  9

 

1.    I enjoy the pleasure of a love relationship with God   11

2.    I fulfill my true identity as a child of God  16

3.    I experience God's provision of empowering grace  19

4.    I enjoy my spiritual freedom to its fullest  23

5.    I avoid a life pattern of deception  27

6.    I cultivate a soft and sensitive conscience  32

7.    I turn away from the solicitation of harlots in my heart  36

8.    I refuse the temptation of idolatry  39

9.    I prove to be a faithful steward of my money  43

10   I prove to be faithful steward on my time  47

11.  I abstain from any promotion and support of the pornography industry  51

12.  I preserve God's gift of loving sexual expression for its intended purpose  56

13.  I protect the purity and power of my God-given imagination  60

14.  I develop disciplined character  64

15.  I guard the integrity of my Christian testimony  69

16.  I promote health and harmony in the body of Christ  72

17.  I cultivate a stronger resistance to future interpersonal sexual sin  75

18.  I nurture the proper biblical view of the sanctity of womanhood  78

19.  I relate to women as equals and persons of ultimate worth  82

20.  I learn to live in reality rather than fantasy  88

21.  I steer clear of unnecessary personal guilt and shame  92

22.  I cultivate a lifestyle of contentment and satisfaction  96

23.  I experience the blessing of living as a servant  101

24.  I learn the relational skills of authentic intimacy  104

25.  I avoid future mental, emotional, and spiritual scars on my life.  109

26.  I experience the joy of the Christian life  113

27.  I lay up eternal rewards  116

28.  I learn to deal with the causes of my problems rather than treating symptoms 120

29.  I prevent potential temptations for others in my sphere of influence.  123

30.  I honor the trust and prayer support of those who have invested in my spiritual life.  126


               IF I AM MARRIED

31.  I avoid adultery in my heart.  129

32.  I encourage my wife's trust  133

33.  I honor my vow of marital purity and faithfulness  136

34.  I keep my marriage union pure from fantasies of other women  140

35.  I communicate acceptance and honor toward my wife  143

36.  I avoid the pathway that could easily result in infidelity  146

 

              IF I HAVE CHILDREN

37.  I minimize the risk of my children being exposed to pornography  149

38.  I model strong and genuine moral values for my children  153

39.  I avoid embarrassing and embittering my children  157

40.  I encourage all of the above positive qualities in their lives  160

 

CONCLUSION    163

APPENDIX: 40 PRACTICAL POINTERS FOR AVOIDING PORNOGRAPHY   165

NOTES  168

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2008

    Uncomfortable

    I couldnt even finish the book. I was using the book for school to write a paper and the book was just disgusting. What's wrong with sexuality? It's only in America that people will be ashamed of their bodies or even looking at another body. sexual impurites? that's archaic thinking that has kept the middle eat in burkas. if you're christian and have no sense of thinking for yourself, read this book. pornography is not an addiction. medically, masturbation is a stress releiver. anyone with half a brain would know that this book is BS and an easy way to make money off of stupid people

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2005

    An Apologetic Writing on Sex God¿s Way

    There has been an issue eroding the effectiveness of the Christian church for many years. In the last 10 years the erosion has been growing exponentially. The issue is sexual impurity in the church. In one research study two thirds of all Christian men admitted to ¿struggling¿ with pornography. In a Barna research study, 40% of the pastors surveyed admitted to viewing internet pornography in the last 30 days. Sexual impurity has not been addressed from the pulpits of many churches so the problem grows unchecked. Christians have become comfortable with being Christian and being sexually impure at the same time. Cable and Satellite TV, the internet, and now cell phones bring pornography not only right into your den, but wherever you go. Professed Christians will not be comfortable with their sexual impurity after reading Daniel Henderson¿s new book, ¿Think Before You Look.¿ The book deals directly with sexual impurity in a thought provoking, gentle, open and hard-hitting style all at the same time. Balanced might be an appropriate term. He starts by telling us, as Christians, about our true identity as children of God. He bluntly states, ¿a devoted follower of Christ indulging in pornographic eroticism is a complete contradiction of character and a violation of basic identity. The bible says that a true Christ follower is, at his core, a brand new person. (2 Cor. 5:17) The power of the cross has transformed you from darkness to light and transformed you from a sinner to a saint.¿ Although Neal Anderson is not mentioned, I found Anderson¿s material on who we are in Christ very pivotal in my personal journey. Henderson supports his 40 powerful reasons with 6 versions of the bible and quotes from Shakespeare, Ben Franklin, C.S. Lewis and Neil Clark Warren, just to name a few. When speaking about time wasted in pornography he quotes Ben Franklin, ¿Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that¿s the stuff life is made of.¿ Quoting from the book, ¿I must treasure every minute because eternity is in it. What a powerful incentive to avoid the time waster of porn. I can give more of myself to my wife, family and friends. I can carve out more time for ministry and service. Others will be blessed. I will feel better, and eternity will reward me for my stewardship.¿ Henderson states flatly, ¿¿to be against abortion, euthanasia, starvation and other plights that degrade human dignity, but to support pornography is a contradiction in the worst fashion.¿ The 40 reasons to avoid pornography are credible enough on their own without going to the extreme of claiming that we might become rapists or turn out to be another Ted Bundy. I would have liked a bibliography in the book. I highly recommend this book for all Christians.

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