Item description for Storm Tossed: How a U.S. Serviceman Won the Battle of Sex Addiction by Jake Porter...
Overview The author doesn't pull any punches in this hard-hitting story that takes the reader to the Persian Gulf War zone, where Porter served on the USS America and tried to satisfy his cravings in the seedy underworld of Mediterannean seaport cities. Details are not graphic, but this well-written story does reveal the degradation and despair that wrong choices can lead to and also the glorious freedom that he found.
Publishers Description A childhood grief set Jake on a course of rebellion and escape via pornography and suicidal thoughts. In the navy during Desert Storm, temptations in world sea ports fueled his sex addiction. How Jake struggled and found victory will give readers hope, inspiration, and help. The author's descriptions of life on a Navy ship, adventures in international ports, and inner war between his compulsive behavior and his Christian upbringing and beliefs, will appeal to male readers and give women better understanding of the psychological and spiritual battles men face.
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Studio: Cladach Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.53 lbs.
Release Date Jan 30, 2006
Publisher Cladach Publishing
ISBN 097596190X ISBN13 9780975961902
Availability 132 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 22, 2016 02:01.
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More About Jake Porter
Jake Porter is a pseudonym. The author, a California native, lived in Montana during his teen years, and he served in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1992, earning numerous medals and commendations. In civilian life he has worked as a corrections officer, police officer, and armed courier. He currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children. This is his first book. He is working on a novel.
Jake Porter currently resides in Alameda, in the state of California. Jake Porter was born in 1966.
Reviews - What do customers think about Storm Tossed: How a U.S. Serviceman Won the Battle of Sex Addiction?
From storm tossed to a life redeemed May 5, 2006
Reviewed by Erich Birch for Reader Views (5/06)
In his very personal memoir, Jake Porter lays out his life story as a testimony of how destructive and costly sex addition can be. Exposed to pornographic images in magazines at an early age, the author describes the desires that took hold of him and drove him for most of his early adult life. Although raised in a Christian home, upon joining the Navy after graduation from high school he was released from any restraints preventing him from pursuing his lust. After years of destructive behavior, he realizes that the God of his youth was still there waiting for him, and was also the only way that he would overcome his addition.
Porter's story explains that his plight is perhaps more common than many realize. The number of Christian men's help books and similar resources are evidence that this is a battle that most men have to deal with at least to some extent. Porter lives out a story that men who fight these battles will relate to, some more than others. His story will be an example to men who wrestle with this issue, and will be educational in that his life is about what happens if the battle is not fought. Instead of fighting, Porter chose to surrender to the desire and his story tells the price that he paid.
This is a book primarily for men. Women readers are sure to get insight into the intensity of the sex addiction issue, however, most men will have no trouble understanding the author's trials. Porter discovers the answer to his addiction is the same God that has the answer for all of life's other trials. When he finally turns to his Lord for deliverance, he finds that he is set free indeed. He then finds that God even has a purpose for the life that Porter had tried his best to destroy. This book is recommended for the person who struggles with sexual addition and who would benefit from reading the story of someone that has lived this life and desperately sought for a way out.
Society's mixed messages about sex have costs that are often untold. Like alcoholism, some men are exposed to pornographic images at an early age and unknowingly begin their addiction to a life of lust. In his memoir "Storm Tossed," Jake Porter tells how he wandered down this path, how he pursued it through the world of pornography and prostitution, and how he overcame it all only by returning to the God he had abandoned along the way.
An inspirational and engaging read from beginning to end Apr 10, 2006
Storm Tossed: How A U.S. Serviceman Won The Battle Of Sex Addiction by Jake Porter is the intimate depiction of a vulgar addiction of one man during an impassioned time of service to the American Navy. Readers will become involved in the story of Portor's struggle with his compulsive habitual sexual endeavors and potentially damaging lack of loyalty to his nation's military as he rediscovers the path of God he once knew to rejuvenate and fall no less than reincarnate his wounded soul. Storm Tossed is very highly recommended to students of human sexuality, as well as those who are struggling with their own addictions (particular sexual additions), as an inspirational and engaging read from beginning to end.
Devastation & Redemption Apr 4, 2006
Storm Tossed tells the story of how one man fell into a lifestyle of sexual sin and ultimately found redemption through the work of Christ. Taking on the pseudonym Jake Porter, the author tells how his problems began with pornographic magazines in his youth and rejection by girls in high school and college. He led himself to believe that because God wasn't providing him with a wife, he was forced to fulfill his sexual desires in other ways.
So Jake Porter joined the Navy and "saw the world." Along the way he became addicted to prostitutes, even admitting at times that he didn't even want the women, but he was compelled to be with them anyway. At first he would ask God for forgiveness after an encounter, but eventually he gave up. He reached many points of empty depression, and though he desired to commit suicide, he could never bring himself to do it. The final chapters tell of how honesty and faith brought him to the point of claiming victory over his addiction. The Epilogue provides some practical tips for wives whose husbands who are heavily addicted, as well as for men.
My main criticism about Storm Tossed is all of the secondary characters seem flat. This is probably due to the story being filtered through the theme of sexual addiction. The result is that very little is known about the personalities of the other characters, even the author's wife. For the most part, all the reader learns is how someone either corrupts or aids Jake, or simply helps to move the story along.
Apart from the criticism, Storm Tossed is an intriguing read. Jake Porter's story shows the devastation sexual sin can cause in a man's life as well as the redemption that can be found in submitting one's life to Christ.