Academic journal article Theological Studies

Overcoming Pornography Addiction: A Spiritual Solution

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Overcoming Pornography Addiction: A Spiritual Solution

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Overcoming Pornography Addiction: A Spiritual Solution. By J. Brian Bransfield. New York: Paulist, 2013. Pp. x + 101. $14.95.

In this compact and rich volume, Bransfield deals with the current "public health crisis" (v) of Internet pornography by providing a case study, a scriptural framing of each topic, a thorough phenomenological description of the disorder, and integrating current psycho-theological treatment approaches.

"Tom," a happily married man with children and a successful high-paying but high-pressure job, is caught in the web of spending hours daily with his habit of viewing graphic sexual material on the Internet. Falling asleep one night, he is discovered by his concerned wife, and his hitting bottom begins his change. Tom's story, so like that of many similarly ensnared, unrolls in each chapter.

The Johannine narrative of Jesus with the Samaritan woman at the well (chap. 4) illustrates the transformation of the woman and Tom from sufferer to encountering Christ and being saved.

The various stages of Tom (and others like him) from initial curiosity through gradually increasing time on the Internet, and slow, steadily deepening involvement in his destructive habit are graphically and fully described. …

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