Friday, September 27, 2013

"Finally Free" Blog Tour

Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace 
by Heath Lambert
If you have struggled personally against the powerful draw of pornography, or if you have ever tried to help someone fighting this battle, you know how hard it is to break free. But real freedom isn’t found by trying harder to change. Nor is it found in a particular method or program. Only Jesus Christ has the power to free people from the enslaving power of pornography.

In Finally Free, Dr. Heath Lambert, a leader in the biblical counseling movement, lays out eight gospel-centered strategies for overcoming the deceitful lure of pornography. Each chapter clearly demonstrates how the gospel applies to this particular battle and how Jesus can move readers from a life of struggle to a life of purity.

If you or someone you care about is fighting this battle, there is good news: No matter how intense or long-standing the struggle, Jesus Christ can, will, and does set people free from the power of pornography.

Table of Contents:

 CHAPTER 1 – Grace as the Foundation in the Fight Against Pornography
 CHAPTER 2 – Using Sorrow to Fight Pornography
 CHAPTER 3 – Using Accountability to Fight Pornography
 CHAPTER 4 – Using Radical Measures to Fight Pornography
 CHAPTER 5 – Using Confession to Fight Pornography
 CHAPTER 6 – Using Your Spouse (or Your Singleness) to Fight Pornography
 CHAPTER 7 – Using Humility to Fight Pornography
 CHAPTER 8 – Using Gratitude to Fight Pornography
 CHAPTER 9 – Using a Dynamic Relationship with Jesus to Fight Pornography
 CONCLUSION – A Call to Holiness and Hope
 APPENDIX – Help for Families and Friends of Men Struggling with Pornography

About the Author:Dr. Heath Lambert serves as the Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling at Boyce College and regularly teaches at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams (Crossway, 2011), and co-editor (with Stuart Scott) of Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture. He also serves as the Pastor of Biblical Living at Crossing Church, is married to Lauren, and is the father of Carson, Chloe, and Connor.

My Take:

When I requested this book for review, I was planning to have my husband read it since he is the one who deals with this issue the most when he disciples other men. But now that I have read his review and heard his thoughts throughout the time that he was reading this book, I am planning to study this book myself. The basics of this book come down to dealing with sin in your life. Yes, this book focuses on pornography, but the biblical and practical principles can apply to anything that we as humans struggle with.

As members of a church that is very involved in the Biblical counseling movement, I was excited to learn that this book is by an author who is also involved in this movement. The Bible has answers for our life in 2013, and I am so thankful for those who are willing to counsel from the scriptures.

My Husband's Take:

Finally Free is a book on dealing with the sin of pornography.  It is written specifically to men who are struggling with an addiction to pornography or to people trying to help men who are.  But this book is different from other books that I have read on the topic of pornography.  Most books spend a good deal of time describing pornography and how big a problem it is in our culture.  However, if you are already struggling with this issue, you don’t need a history or statistics lecture, you need Jesus to help you conquer your sin.  And that is where this book begins and ends - with Jesus.

Also, the best part about this book is that it doesn’t just apply to pornography.  It applies to any sin in your life that you are continually struggling with.  Perhaps it is gambling or drinking or even something less obvious, like joining in with inappropriate conversations at work.  Whatever it is, this book teaches how to deal with any sin issue that you are struggling with by relying on Christ and His saving grace.

Heath Lambert gives clear evidence of Jesus’ love for us and clear scripture backing it up.  He shows how God wants us to behave and how we can accomplish it.  He also gives very clear practical advice on how to deal with the sin of pornography and gives examples to show how it looks in reality.  At the end of each chapter are a list of questions and tasks to help you apply what you learned in that chapter.  They are very real and practical questions that make you deal honestly with your sin and level with God on dealing with it.

This book is a terrific resource for someone stuck in the mire of pornography.  However, it is also a great book for anyone dealing with a specific sin that is a source of great struggle in his/her life.

We will give Finally Free ... 5 BookWorms.

Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace
by Heath Lambert
Zondervan Publishers
Publication date: August 8, 2013

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Publishers through Cross Focused Reviews. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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