Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Book Review: Surfing For God

The title and subtitle: Surfing For God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle, pretty much sums up what this book is about. Micheal Cusick offers an explanation for the fascination that men have with pornography and sexual images. Most of us have heard this fascination explained with something along the lines of "men are more visually stimulated than women; it's how we're wired."  But Surfing For God offers a radically different reason: we are made to worship God, and we men are finding a sort of substitute--something that promises to fulfill that need, even as it's guaranteed not to keep that promise.

It's an intriguing idea, one I've never heard before. I'm still digesting it, but I will say that the author makes a compelling case, using Scripture and science to back up his claims. I will say that it fits together well with many other recent attempts to explain why men do what they do. In fact, "Wild at Heart" author John Eldredge has endorsed "Surfing For God."

Lust is a common struggle for most men, and Christians do not get a free pass. I hope this books claims, if true, will lead to freedom for many of its readers.

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