Book Review: Delivered: True stories of men and women who turned from porn to purity

Delivered: True Stories of Men and Women Who Turned from Porn to PurityDelivered: True Stories of Men and Women Who Turned from Porn to Purity by Matt Fradd
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a sobering read, at times heartbreaking and infuriating, at times humbling and hopeful. It includes the stories of four men (one includes a joint interview with his wife) and four women who endured addiction to pornography and eventually struggled their way to freedom by God’s grace. This book pulls no punches in showing the soul-killing and love-killing effects of this addiction. Nor does it sugar coat the terrible grip it has on those who are trapped in it, or the pain and confusion it can inflict upon their families. It does not lie and give you an easy, step-by-step guaranteed process for breaking free. Rather, it tells the stories of people who did break free, along with the real costs of that struggle. It provides hope, without empty promises, and ultimately reminds us that freedom can only be found in surrender to God. Without that utter dependence, no process and no amount of effort can ever be successful.

A word about who should read this book. Obviously anyone who uses pornography, or who has a loved one who does, could benefit. However, I would take the perhaps controversial step of recommending this for teenagers. I can understand if parents are reluctant to share this book with their thirteen or fourteen year old children, for fear of exposing them to something so ugly and destructive. I understand and respect that instinct. However, if your children are in their teens and they are in public school, the odds are they have already been exposed to the real thing. The earlier they hear the truth about how ugly, perverse and destructive this vice is, the better. This book may not be the instrument parents decide to use to try to inoculate their children, but all parents do need to make that decision and do need to use something. This book could well be a valuable weapon in the fight for the souls and sanity of our children.

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