Author and professor of Biblical Counseling, Dr. Heath Lambert, also admits there are many books out there on pornography. Many focus on the information about the industry–money spent, number of movies made, people involved, etc. Other books focus on the devastating impact pornography has on the person entrenched in pornography, including how it can impact their marriage, employment and their loved ones. Yet others focus on the spiritual impact pornography has on these people, harmful impacts on their ministry and the tarnished impact on their witness to others as a Christian (pp. 11-12). So what else is there to say?
In his book Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace, Lambert wants his reader to know his book is going to be different. He focuses on the grace and power of Jesus Christ and how his reader can set them free from the chains of pornography. Lambert sets out to provide tools that are based on Biblical principles and rooted in Scripture.
The Bottom Line
Finally Free accomplishes its desired impact–being a grace-filled, scripturally sound book that points its reader to the tools for fighting for purity. Lambert has chapters based on each tool for his reader to aid his reader in breaking out of the web of pornography. These include using the message of grace in the Gospel as the very foundation of the fight against pornography along with eight tools for the fight. He further points his reader to be aware of the sorrow created by viewing pornography. The need for accountability and the book is specifically designed so that accountability would be possible through following its format. He also supports radical measures such as cutting off contact with the means of gaining access to pornography (Internet, smart phone, etc.). He promotes using the spouse (or future spouse) to fight pornography, but not through accountability; rather through understanding the marriage relationship and harm pornography is having on the spouse. He encourages confession and making amends as a means of fighting and recovery from pornography use. He also suggests that Humility and Gratitude have a place in fighting pornography. Ultimately, one’s relationship with Christ is the very foundation for fighting porn. Lambert focuses on the specifics in attaining the relationship with Christ that will successfully free a person from pornography.
Lambert is a professor of Biblical counseling at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the chairman of the undergraduate program of biblical counseling Boyce University. He is also the executive director of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors–an association that has joined pastors and lay counselors in the pursuit of promoting the excellence of biblical counseling. He has many hours of experience counseling those who have been trapped in the sin of pornography. Lambert has the experience and authority to know his subject area. Although he is a professional in counseling, he also knows his audience and writes in a straight forward and easy to read format. His writing is saturated with the grace and truth of Scripture.
This is a very practical, easy to use guide. It would best be used in a small group or in an accountability relationship with two or more. It is designed for men or for women, but may have more of a bend towards men. I wholeheartedly recommend this book as an aid in fighting and freeing oneself from pornography. It is a solid biblical guide, and grace filled source to encourage anyone in their battle. I think it could also be a help to spouses in understanding the fight and encouraging her husband in fighting pornography. This of course is no substitute for her working through her own impact as my book states, but I believe many will be richly impacted by this useful source. I give this book five of five stars.
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.
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (August 8, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
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