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I Surrender All: Rebuilding a Marriage Broken by Pornography [Paperback]

By Clay Crosse (Author) & Mark Tabb (With)
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Beneath Contemporary Christian music star Clay Crosse's success lurked a dark secret: pornography. What follows is a story of the power of grace and forgiveness as God rescued Clay and his wife from the brink of divorce and helped them rebuild their marriage.

Publishers Description
Dove Award-winning artist Clay Crosse and his wife, Renee, share their personal story of his struggle with pornography and how they rebuilt their marriage.

Community Description
Clay Crosse was a soaring success in Christian music, but his secret sin threatened everything. He burst onto the contemporary Christian music scene with his 1994 hit "I Surrender All." And over the next four years, his star climbed higher and higher with more number one hits and sold-out concerts. But beneath his success lurked a dark secret: He was addicted to pornography. No one knew he had a problem-not even Clay-until the day God took away his singing voice. What followed was the story of the power of grace and forgiveness. Now Clay and Renee tell their story with the prayer that it will help countless other marriages-perhaps even yours.
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From Publishers Weekly
Contemporary Christian singer Clay Crosse shares his journey as a performer whose 1994 number-one hit, "I Surrender All," captured the attention of the Christian music scene as he secretly battled a consuming addiction to pornography. Crosse tells how a mysterious throat ailment stopped him cold, causing his financial world to tip precariously, and bringing the realization that the road he was traveling was surely going to end in the demise of his marriage, crushing both his faith and his career. Telling his sobering story, Crosse takes turns with wife, Renee, as they candidly reveal the desperate condition to which their spiritual and marital lives had deteriorated before Crosse acknowledged his addiction. After he confessed that he would have had sex with any woman who offered, Crosse and his wife started a harrowing journey toward building a relationship characterized by trust and accountability. Renee had to struggle to overcome a wide range of feelings, including a sense of inadequacy as a wife, as well as hurt and anger at her husband's betrayal. Many Christian readers will appreciate the candor of the Crosses' story, which offers a fragile but persistent message of redemption. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Citations And Professional Reviews
I Surrender All: Rebuilding a Marriage Broken by Pornography by Clay Crosse & Mark Tabb has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/25/2005 page 73
  • Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 60
  • Christian Retailing - 09/05/2005 page 18
  • Ingram Advance - 09/01/2005 page 116

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Item Specifications...

Studio: NavPress
Pages   173
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2005
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
ISBN  1576837327  
ISBN13  9781576837320  

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More About Clay Crosse & Mark Tabb

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Clay Crosse is a three-time Dove Award-winning singer who has spent more than a decade recording and performing worldwide. He has had nine number-one singles. Married since 1990, Clay and Renee began Holy Homes Ministries in 2002, challenging Christian families to live godly lives.
Mark Tabb is the author of eight books, including Greater Than and the 2004 ECPA Gold Medallion Finalist Out of the Whirlwind.

Clay Crosse currently resides in Memphis.

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Reviews - What do customers think about I Surrender All?

GOOD BOOK  Oct 9, 2008
Helpful words for those married to a person addicted to porn. Great to see how their marriage was rebuilt. Gives hope to those still in the thick of the battle.
Very Good Read  Aug 9, 2008
I read the first 133 pages of this book in 2 evenings. It is a very easy read and I didn't see any distraction or smugness in the bouncing back and forth or discussions of Clay's early popularity. I think part of the power of the book is the fact that this person living a lie looked like a Christian superstar from the outside. It could be any person you see in church on Sunday morning.

I especially appreciated the candor and directness of the book. I would recommend it to anyone who knows someone struggling with a "secret sin", not only pornography.
Good stuff...  Apr 25, 2008
Clay and Renee Crosse have co-authored this autobiographical account of the journey that they have endured through Clay's early success in the Christian music industry, his descent into pornography and the damage that ensued in his career and his marriage, and the restoration that God has brought into their lives. The most striking and helpful part of this book is its brutal honesty. The Crosses have clearly decided that they can serve others most effectively by being fully transparent about their struggles. That certainly includes Clay's struggles with the sin of lust but also includes places where Renee admitted her own spiritual weaknesses. It never seemed like they were sharing too much detail, but their candor is most helpful and all too rare in a Christian subculture that seems to prefer stories of artificial perfection.

Another strength of this book is its readability. Their writing style is very conversational, and it is an easy book to digest. It could probably be read in one or two sittings, but I enjoyed reading it over the course of a few weeks by reading one chapter each night.

There are a few weaknesses, to be sure. The readabilitay of the book is connected to its informal writing style, which also makes it feel almost amateurish at points. Some of the conclusions that they drew concerning big spiritual issues seemed overly simplistic, as if Christians need only to read the Bible and pray more, in which case God is obliged to fix all of our problems. Again, a bit of literary nuance would have clarified some of those finer points.

Also, the shared authorship of Clay and Renee, while providing us with perspectives from their two very distinctive journeys, seemed a bit jarring at times, as they bounced back and forth from one to the other. And there were times when they seemed to remain a bit smug about the early success that Clay had, making sure to point out just how wildly popular he had been. Maybe that was simply to juxtapose their current situation from where they had been, but it felt a bit pompous.

These critiques aside, I'm glad to have read this book. The Crosses have done the Christian community a favor by telling their story. Though this book has some weaknesses, it is good to hear a story of two lives, filled with severe pain and wrecked by sin, that have been restored, though not perfected. Many Christians would do well to learn from Clay and Renee.
worth the buy!  Oct 15, 2007
It was like being able to talk to a friend about the situation. I really appreciated how both sides got to talk separately about their own view of this conflict. It really opened up lines of communication between my husband and me with honesty and not playing the blame-game.
A good read  Sep 1, 2007
This is an eye-opening book for anyone to read. It's a very descriptive walk through a lovers life torn by a sexual addiction (which is much more prevelant than it is thought of).

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