June 2, 2012

"Surfing for God" Book Review

G.K. Chesterton once wrote that "every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God." Author Michael Cusick unpacks this idea in his first book Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle, specifically in regards to men who struggle with addiction to pornography. Cusick argues that behind this addiction men really are in search of a relationship with God, that they're filling a legitimate need in an illegitimate, damaging way.

Cusick writes the book in everyday language making it easy to understand and a rather quick read. He integrates theology and counseling in a way that's helpful, but at the same time not making light of the addictive, sinful habit. Cusick is gracious, as it's a road he's walked himself, but he doesn't sell out on the truth either. Overall, I thought the author did a great job at presenting his argument in an honest, but tasteful manner, that conveys that healing and redemption is within the reach of men who struggle with sexual addictions. This is book that not only would I recommend to the men, but for Christian counselors, and those who know men with this struggle, as it explains what's really at work behind the addiction and how to help. 

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