Surfing For God is a book written on the subject of sexual struggle from a Christian perspective. More specifically this book deals with issues of lust and pornography, the fallout that occurs when our hearts and minds are consumed with such things, and also how there is hope and that victory can be found.
The author Michael John Cusick is both an ordained minister and a licensed counsellor with a very powerful story of his own battle with sexual purity. He brings both personal experience and professional expertise to this subject.
Having taught and led small groups on this subject, I have reviewed and read numerous resources on lust and sexual purity and I have to say that this book is by far the strongest material I have read. What I appreciated most about Cusick’s approach is how balanced it is (the spiritual & the physical) and how the answer to the problem isn’t “try harder”.
Cusick makes it clear from the beginning that our hope to live whole lives, free from sexual struggle and lust, doesn’t come from trying harder, managing our sin, or assembling a group of accountability partners, but rather our hope is found in the cross. It’s in the Gospel of Jesus that freedom can be found. Freedom is found in heart transformation, not numerous attempts at behavior modification.
Cusick talks thoroughly about this subject from a spiritual and scriptural perspective, but also talks about the physical make up of our brain and how pornography literally changes how our brain functions. This chapter is fascinating and does an excellent job of explaining the chemical reactions that happen in the brian in a way that everyone can understand.
In the end this book brings so much hope to the struggle men have with the issue of lust. Cusick guides his readers to discover the lies that we base our faith and struggle on and to replace those lies with truth. Our identity as Christian men is not defined by the world, our struggle, or our own opinions, but rather is determined by the God who created us and died for us.
I highly recommend this book to men who are struggling with lust and pornography and/or to anyone who has a loved one struggling in this area. If you teach on this subject or lead a small group or recovery group, I would also suggest reading this book.
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