Men and women are different. Men need strong male mentors. Men are visually oriented. Men are sinful human beings and so are women. Men are tempted to misuse God's gift of headship within a Christian household and God's gift of sexuality which was intended for one man and one woman married to one another until death parts them.
"With insights for both married and single men alike, this book offers hope for freedom from pornography" (publisher's website).
The author writes as a Christian an as associate professor of psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He writes from his strengths. My initial and lasting impression is a book heavier on sociology and psychology and brain chemistry than theology. There is a Law focus.
Human wisdom is great at being a scale, a ruler, and rendering a diagnosis on sin. Such struggles with a sin that so easily entangles is not something a man can deal with alone. Accountability is good, but it is a Law approach.
Pastors need more resources and helps in this subject. Thank you to IVP for adding to my list of helps for the men in the congregation I serve. IVP would do well to provide a companion volume focusing more on the pastoral care side of addictions like that of sexual images.
In short, one needs more of the Gospel of Christ. That is the missing ingredient to well-intentioned but Law-based Christian strategies. Reform a sinner and you get a reformed sinner. Educate a sinner and you get a disciplined sinner. Discipline a sinner and you get a disciplined sinner. Forgive a sinner and you get a forgiven sinner who is at the same time a Saint in Christ Jesus.
The Appendices are a good starting place, but fathers, brothers, a good mens' Bible study, an an honest talk with a Biblical Christian pastor are a better way to deal with sin. We need to hear of the forgiveness of sins in Christ.
These two books for men complement one another but are only a part of the picture. Christianity has been seen as a feminine religion due to misunderstandings and subversive cultural motives for the last century. It is time to equip our men in their vocations as manly Christian men, Baptized, Christian Husbands, and Christian Fathers who are Christian Heads of Household. The Word is our only offensive weapon in our struggle against sin, death, the power of the devil, and our own sinful flesh. And that Word should be properly and clearly distinguished between the Law and the Gospel, with the Gospel predominating!
The Rev. Paul J Cain is Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sheridan, Wyoming, Headmaster of Martin Luther Grammar School, a member of the Board of Directors of The Consortium for Classical and Lutheran Education, Wyoming District Worship Chairman, and Editor of QBR.