Surfing for God

[Epub] ❧ Surfing for God  Author Michael John Cusick – Johndore.co.uk
  • Paperback
  • 205 pages
  • Surfing for God
  • Michael John Cusick
  • English
  • 02 March 2017
  • 0849947235

About the Author: Michael John Cusick

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Surfing for God Every Man Who Knocks On The Door Of A Brothel Is Knocking For God G K ChestertonWhat If Lust For Porn Is Really A Search For True Passion In A World Where There Are Million Searches For Pornography Every Day And Where Over Percent Of Christian Men Report Viewing Porn In The Last Year, It S No Surprise That And Men Struggle With An Addiction To This False Fantasy Common Wisdom Says If They Just Had Willpower Or Faith, Their Fight Would Be Over Is The Answer Really That Simple According To The Counselor And Ministry Leader Michael John Cusick, The Answer Is No But The Big Truth May Be Much FreeingBacked By Scripture, Cusick Uses Examples From His Own Life And From His Twenty Years Of Counseling Experience To Show Us How The Pursuit Of Empty Pleasure Is Really A Search For Our Heart S Deepest Desire And The Real Key To To Resistance Is Discovering And Embracing The Joy We Truly WantCusick S Insights Help Readers Understand How Porn Struggles Begin, What To Do To Prevent Them, And Most Importantly, How To Overcome The Compulsion Once It Begins In The End, This Powerful Book Shows Us All How The Barrier Built By Porn Addiction Can Become A Bridge To Abundant Life

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10 thoughts on “Surfing for God

  1. Raul says:

    I have been waiting for a book like this in a long time As I have recovered from the snares of pornography and still battling from the weight of lust,I have longed for a book that would address the taproots of sexual struggle Now my longing has been satisfied with this thought provoking and life changing book Surfing for God is hands down the best christian book I have read on sexual struggle to this point I definitely concur with Michael Cusick and G.K Chesterton who states that everyone I have been waiting for a book like this in a long time As I have recovered from the snares of pornography and still battling from the weight of lust,I have longed for a book that would address the taproots of sexual struggle Now my longing has been satisfied with this thought provoking and life changing book Surfing for God is hands down the best christian book I have read on sexual struggle to this point I definitely concur with Michael Cusick and G.K Chesterton who states that everyone knocking on the door of a brothel or surfing on the web for porn is really seeking for God Forthen 10 years I have been serious about my walk with God but would continually fall under the fervent grasp of porn Despite my constant praying, fasting, Scripture reading etc., I would continue to act out by drinking the insatiable salt water of lust I always thought that if I just prayedand performedgood deeds, somehow I would free myself from these chains It wasn t until I entered a Christian based Marriage and Family Therapy program where my eyes were opened to the underlying issues of my heart I was filled with shame and guilt My eyes were opened to my weakness, brokenness, and woundedness Once I accepted this truth, God s grace started to liberate me from the prison of porn The reason I say all this is because everything I have experienced and continue to revel in has been beautifully and profoundly expressed in Surfing for God by Michael Cusick Cusick wonderfully bridges the truths I learned as a therapist in training and the faith I have had all along in Christ Cusick has written what I had wanted to express all along He provides a holistic approach to healing from the wounds of not only porn but of any addiction If anyone is really wanting to be transformed from the heart and not just change their behavior, I would definitely recommend this book Cusick talks about the taproots of desire, purpose, grace and truth from our Father in Heaven that induces healing If you are struggling with sexual sin, please open up your hearts to what God is trying to reveal to you through this book You will never regret it

  2. Lucas says:

    Unfortunately, I began reading this book again and could not stomach it Although I do understand the author s heart and admire his realization of the brokenness of pornography versus the satisfaction of a relationship with Christ Jesus our Lord, I feel he went off into the deep end and this became almost the entirety of the book The majority of the book focused on how we view pornography because our heart wants a meaningful relationship with Christ All I can say is this, like with any other s Unfortunately, I began reading this book again and could not stomach it Although I do understand the author s heart and admire his realization of the brokenness of pornography versus the satisfaction of a relationship with Christ Jesus our Lord, I feel he went off into the deep end and this became almost the entirety of the book The majority of the book focused on how we view pornography because our heart wants a meaningful relationship with Christ All I can say is this, like with any other sin, we view pornography because we are dead in sin until Christ has mercy upon us We enjoy it To spend a book speculating on the premise without producing any solutions seems a waste to me I also found it concerning that at the end he had this manipulative form of contemplative prayer, in which he tells the reader to say these specific words to have a life changing encounter with God I would most certainly not recommended this book to anyone Instead, I would suggest Finally Free Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace by Heath Lambert, which is full of such rich, biblically sound advice in this struggle Please believe me when I say that it brings me no pleasure to write such a critical review, but I hope to speak the truth in love in order that the body of Christ may continue to pursue Him in all sincerity without distractions such as this, which promotes meaningless speculation

  3. James says:

    Pornography is a real problem Consider these statistics 25% of search engine requests are for pornography 68 million per day 70% of the hits on Internet sex sites occur between 9 5 on business computers Over 50 percent of evangelical pastors report they viewed pornography last year Over 70% of Christian men report viewing pornography in the last year And I would say, that as a whole Christians have responded rather poorly to what amounts to a sin epidemic in our culture So I am ha Pornography is a real problem Consider these statistics 25% of search engine requests are for pornography 68 million per day 70% of the hits on Internet sex sites occur between 9 5 on business computers Over 50 percent of evangelical pastors report they viewed pornography last year Over 70% of Christian men report viewing pornography in the last year And I would say, that as a whole Christians have responded rather poorly to what amounts to a sin epidemic in our culture So I am happy to recommend a book which gets at the heart of some of the issues which are tangled up with pornography Michael John Cusick is an ordained minister, licensed professional counselor and spiritual director He is also is a recovering sex addict living in freedom who had an addiction to pornography, strip clubs, masturbation and prostitution He sees the bankruptcy of a life in bondage, but he also knows that men act out in sexual sins because they are broken and wounded.But before I tell you about this book, let me briefly tell you where I think other Christian approaches get this wrong One popular Christian book seems to say Objectifying other women is wrong, just objectify your wife She is there primarily for your sexual pleasure based on a reading of Job s famous covenant with his eyes in Job 31 Women who are not your spouse are sources of temptation and should be avoided at all costs You should also avoid places like parks, the beach, roads that women jog on, supermarkets, hair salons and shopping malls The problem with this advice is that it basically gets guys to modify their behavior, but does not touch the wounding and longing that led them to a pornography addiction in the first place although to be fair, this approach takes serious the idea of sexual sin and the need for accountability It is also unrealistic Only stay at home dads can avoid women, who are increasingly colleagues and men s bosses in all walks of life.Cusicks approach is muchholistic He sees pornography and other sexual sins as sympomatic of the deep longing for connection and reality and yes, ultimately God By sharing the story of his own struggle and victory , he addresses the root issues of pornography, the empty promises and real idolatry, personal brokenness and the cycle of shame, but also the real freedom that is ours in Christ and transformation that is possible and the disciplines which care for your soul He is also attentive to a very real, spiritual dimension to this struggle and the dynamics of temptation and its relationship to idolatry His advice for those lost in sexual temptation online is to unplug, pay attention to your desires and cravings to find out what is happening in your heart, and to practice solitude and centering prayer Ultimately he wants people to journey from their self medicating numbness, to a relationship with God where desires are rightly ordered and they are attentive to their own soul care in community, of course.Nevertheless I think this book has two limitations which I think are significant It treats sexual sin and pornography as a personal, individual sin This needs to be addressed but he never addresses the other side of the equation Men who go to prostitutes victimize women men who view pornography, go to strip clubs and seek out adult entertainment, have participated in an unjust system which truncates the humanity of women and men and causes tremendous psychological, physical and sociological damage I applaud Cusick s efforts to address the ways sin and acting out come from personal brokenness I just want him also to address the significant justice issue that is wrapped up with this This book is also limited in terms of audience This is a book written by a man for men, and speaks most meaningfully to men who are married Single guys can read this profitably while making adjustments in a couple of places however, I have friends who are women who also struggle with an addiction to pornography While much of this advice is applicable to them solitude and centering prayer, the need to pray through and address woundedness and idolatry , they will find themselves unaddressed by Cusick When you consider the real shame that comes with sexual sin and that pornography is considered by many Christians a man s sin, the cycle of shame is compounded for women who are stuck in addiction to porn and sex This book could have easily been inclusive of both genders in addressing a real struggle which affects both sexes But for the particular niche of men who struggle working through their own personal issues, I think this book is one of the best This is a book I would use pastorally and found a lot of it personally helpful So it gets a solid recommendation from me.Thank you to Thomas Nelson for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for this review

  4. Nathan says:

    There is a lot of really good information in this book, and I really enjoyed reading it Its main emphasis is finding the deep, core need that underlies a person s sexual struggle, and learning to fill that need in a healthy way This concept is incredibly powerful, and has helped me tremendously in my own journey.The book also contains much other good content, including a practical overview of the neurology relevant to sexual compulsion, and practical advice on how to handle cravings and care f There is a lot of really good information in this book, and I really enjoyed reading it Its main emphasis is finding the deep, core need that underlies a person s sexual struggle, and learning to fill that need in a healthy way This concept is incredibly powerful, and has helped me tremendously in my own journey.The book also contains much other good content, including a practical overview of the neurology relevant to sexual compulsion, and practical advice on how to handle cravings and care for one s self.The main reason I m not giving this book five stars is how it ends Near the end of the book the author spends a fair amount of time promoting mind emptying transcendental meditation under the terms centering prayer and entering the silence While I do believe there is much value in learning to be mindful and to slow down and listen to God s voice, I don t believe transcendental meditation is the biblical route to these outcomes.Should you read this book There s a lot good here, a lot which is likely to benefit you if you or someone you love struggles with sexual compulsions Unfortunately, I can t recommend this book without reservation, and would ask that you compare what you learn with scripture and not accept anything without critical thought and comparison with the Bible

  5. Andrew Husen says:

    Overall, I think this book was better than average when it comes to contemporary, Christian books About a third of the book was the typical for the genre presentation of a model without really giving the reader a good reason to adopt that model Another third of the book was moderately helpful insight on the topic And the remaining third gave a very general but helpful explanation of the biophysical mechanics of the topic along with strategies and tips in light of those biophysical realities Overall, I think this book was better than average when it comes to contemporary, Christian books About a third of the book was the typical for the genre presentation of a model without really giving the reader a good reason to adopt that model Another third of the book was moderately helpful insight on the topic And the remaining third gave a very general but helpful explanation of the biophysical mechanics of the topic along with strategies and tips in light of those biophysical realities This book was not a waste of time, but I also did not find it particularly groundbreaking either Two stars it was okay

  6. Kevin Naylor says:

    Cusick does the church a great service in this book There is so much misunderstanding when it comes to how personally handle struggling with pornography and how to help others struggling with pornography Cusick cuts through the crap and helps us get to the heart of the issue in a deeply transformative way.

  7. Stephen Garcia says:

    A fantastic book for anyone with addictive tendencies Geared toward guys It s the only book I ve read on this topic and I wholeheartedly recommend it This book treats sinful behavior as fruit of a deeper rooted issue, and gets to the heart of what brought freedom in my own story If you really want change, buy it.

  8. William "Spig" says:

    This isn t a coffee table book but as I ve looked back over my life and poor decisions I made before I started my walk with Jesus and the baggage that I brought in my marriage I need this breath of grace I didn t need a list of how to work harder I ve tried that This book challenged me again to look at my life story and try to rewrite the ending.

  9. Brandon says:

    This is the best book I have read on the topic So much so that I bought 10 copies for people to give to when the conversation comes up.The author digs at the heart of the issue unlike other resources I ve found.

  10. Josh Baker says:

    I don t personally know of any better resource when it comes to this topic So good.