More Than a Battle: How to Experience Victory, Freedom, and Healing from Lust

More Than a Battle: How to Experience Victory, Freedom, and Healing from Lust

by Joe Rigney


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It has never been more difficult to flee sexual immorality and pursue holiness.

We live in an age of unprecedented access to sexual temptation. Previous generations faced adultery, prostitution, and brothels. But not every person had a brothel in their pocket. Our society’s obsession with sex, coupled with the technologies that make pornography so accessible, make it more challenging than it’s ever been. 

The result is that our families, our churches, and our society are being devastated by a pornography epidemic.

In More than a Battle, pastor and author Joe Rigney offers hope for Christian men who are seeking to live with integrity and faithfulness in the face of the sexual temptation around them. Drawing on the Scriptures, his personal experience, and his pastoral counseling, Rigney frames the struggle with lust beneath the banner of Galatians 5:16: "Walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” 

The struggle with lust is a fierce battle, an enslaving addiction, and a deep brokenness. Rigney shows us that through the gospel it is the Holy Spirit that gives us victory, sets us free, and heals our wounds.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781087700229
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/02/2021
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 471,849
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Joe Rigney (Ph.D., University of Chester) serves as Assistant Professor of Theology and Literature at Bethlehem College & Seminary. He is the author of four books: Live Like a Narnian: Christian Discipleship in Lewis’s Chronicles (Eyes & Pen, 2013), The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts (Crossway, 2015), Lewis on the Christian Life: Becoming Truly Human in the Presence of God (Crossway, 2018), and Strangely Bright: Can You Love God and Enjoy This World? (Crossway, 2020) Joe is also a pastor at Cities Church in St. Paul. Joe lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three sons.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 Walk by the Spirit 15

2 Starve the Beast 33

3 How Do Humans Work? 49

4 Presenting the Body and Renewing the Mind 67

5 The Longer War 87

6 The Wider War 101

7 The Deeper War 113

8 Sexual Brokenness 125

9 The Subtler War 135

10 A Word to Young Men-Single, Dating, and Engaged 153

11 A Word to Married Men-The Watchdog and the Caged Animal 169

12 A Word to Married Men-Nuisance Lust and Marital Intimacy 187

13 A Final Exhortation 201

Appendix: Further Resources 207

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