Surfing for God | A Book Giveaway!
Today, Michael is guest posting about one of his new favorite books and we’re giving copies away! All you have to do is share this post on Facebook or Twitter (make sure you tag me, so I can see you shared) for a chance to win a copy.
What if a lust for porn were really a deep thirst for God?
If you struggle with pornography, you are not alone. Studies show that the vast majority of men and somewhere around 50% of women have looked at porn over the past year. Recently, a friend and fellow blogger Lauren Dubinsky wrote about her struggle with pornography “What I Wish I’d Known Before Watching Porn”—and her article opened my eyes to realization that many of you too are struggling. It’s no longer limited to men. Michael started reading a book called Surfing For God and declared it a must read for everyone, because every one of us struggles with secret thoughts and patterns that bring shame, whether sexual in nature or not.
“Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is knocking for God.” - G. K. Chesterton
You know lust and porn are not God’s best, so why can’t you stop? Common wisdom says if you just had more willpower, more accountability, or more faith, the struggle would be over. Is the answer really that simple? According to counselor and ministry leader Michael John Cusick, the answer is no-but the truth is much more freeing.
Backed by Scripture, Cusick uses examples from his own life and from his twenty years of counseling to show us how the pursuit of empty pleasure is really a search for our heart’s deepest desire-and the real key to resistance is discovering an even deeper passion.
Listen to what Michael wrote:
Michael John Cusick, is a recovered sex addict and a counselor of men who struggle with everything from occasional instances of looking at pornography to full-blown sex addicts who shop for sex. If most men are honest we would say that we fall somewhere in the middle between those two extremes.
Sexual struggle is an unspoken epidemic that has swept the country, and has already claimed the hearts and lives of many men. It has ruined countless marriages, and trapped men’s hearts in a prison of shame and self-loathing, shame so thick and full of lies that it acts like a raincoat keeping the healing and grace of God off of us and away from our hearts. Cusick takes a common struggle for many men and contrary to normal protocol for these types of books which tell you to “try harder”—he calls us to look at our hearts. Men, our desire for sex and the body of a woman is actually a desire for God. This book is a must read for anyone.
Not only does it give insight into the “divine desire behind sexual struggle” but it allows honesty about the ways we numb our hearts and mind from pain. Cusick is honest about his brokenness and has allowed me to be honest about mine, and take a deeper look behind the desires of my heart. I recommend this book to both men and women, as a way of bringing what is shameful into the light and allowing God to heal us.
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To visit Cusick’s website and read the first chapter click here.
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