This reviewer readily admits a bias regarding sexual education for young people, being of the opinion that youth should be provided with as much accurate information as possible, enabling them to make informed decisions and not be frightened or shamed by their thoughts and feelings. This book is published in association with Alive Communications of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and stays quite true to its professed strict Christian philosophy. Libraries searching for the Christian view of sexuality might consider this book an option for promoting abstinence. Unfortunately, it moves far beyond that viewpoint by professing, "Masturbation is progressive.... This is bondage, and God hates bondage in His sons." In the chapter that discusses marriage ending the masturbation cycle, the authors state, "You see, before marriage, Satan does everything he can to get you to have sex with your girlfriend; after marriage, he does everything he can to keep you from having sex with your wife. Do we need to repeat this point? If so, please read the above paragraph again." When exploring the idea of stopping all sexual thoughts, looks, and actions, they say, "Hopefully, nocturnal emission will kick in quickly to take the edge off while the river dries up... but those banks may never get filled because of 'overuse.' Some guys have never had a nocturnal emission simply because their regular masturbation and promiscuity keeps the banks from filling up." The primary theme of the book is expelling all "lustful" and "sinful" thoughts and walking with God, allowing nothing to distract a young man from his faith. Unfortunately, although this conviction might be the fervent goal of some Christian teens, it might alsocause a great deal of shame and guilt for young men who are struggling with their sexual feelings. VOYA CODES: 1Q 1P S (Hard to understand how it got published; No YA will read unless forced to for assignments; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2002, WaterBrook Press/Random House, 227p,
Praise for Every Young Man’s Battle
“Every Young Man’s Battle does the best job I have ever seen on the subject of sexual temptation. Once upon a time we lived in a world that didn’t talk about secrets, and that world has brought us to the mess we are in today.
Young men must have an honest, blunt, and unashamedly Christian look at their sexuality. This book will save thousands of future marriages.”
—Jim Burns, president, YouthBuilders
“I have never read a book as direct and open as Every Young Man’s Battle.
The profound principles communicate the authors’ personal experiences and provide the hope that anyone can overcome a day-to-day battle with impure thoughts. Every Young Man’s Battle helps you see the importance of taking control over your eyes, your mind, and your heart so that you can completely honor God in every facet of your life.”
—Scott Bullard, of musical recording group Soul Focus
“It’s encouraging to see some real men stand up and sound the alarm to young men. Stephen, Fred, and Mike’s courage to tell their stories exposes what has unfortunately become a dirty little secret among men in the church. The battle cry of the day is for men of all ages to live a pure and holy life, and this book will crush Satan’s strategy by giving the troops the guts to talk about what has been taboo in the church for so long. The authors’ poignant stories paint a picture of battle in which all men can relate and offer hope and camaraderie to win the war.”
—Troy Vanliere, artist/manager (representing NewSong,
Carolyn Arends, Soul Focus, Jadyn Strand, and Glad)
“There has been a gaping void in the search for holiness, and Every Young
Man’s Battle addresses those issues where others have been comfortably silent. If there is even a spark of desire for purity in your life, this book will kindle that fire… It is possible to walk in victory, as you will surely find out after reading the Every Man series.”
—Matt Butler, of musical recording group NewSong