Item description for Pure Desire: Helping People Break Free from Sexual Struggles by Ted Roberts...
Overview Dr. Ted Roberts found Christ in the skies over Vietnam, where he flew life-and-death missions as a Marine fighter pilot. Unbeknownst to his wife, however, he also brought home from the war an addiction to pornography. Since his recovery, Dr. Roberts has spoken to thousands of men about similar problems, and has reached an inescapable conclusion: Hell is using sexual bondage to tear the church apart! Our world, our homes, and our churches have become raging battlefields over this issue. In these three sessions with Ted, he addresses single and married people, with keys for winning the battle of staying pure by respecting God's boundaries, exercising self-control and by walking in purity. Ideal for pastors, church and lay leaders, small groups marriage classes, men's groups, retreats, support groups, youth and Christian counselors.
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Studio: Gospel Light Publications
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2000
Publisher GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLISHERS #9
ISBN 0830723358 ISBN13 9780830723355
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More About Ted Roberts
DR. TED ROBERTS is senior pastor of East Hill Foursquare Church in Gresham, Oregon. After coming to the Lord as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, Dr. Roberts obtained his masters and doctorate in seminary and he has served in a multiplicity of ministries. His passion to care for the particular needs of hurting people has greatly grown his church and led to his transition to giving birth to Pure Desire Ministries International. He is a popular speaker and accomplished author. Pastor Roberts is now in the process of passing the baton as Senior Pastor and giving birth to Pure Desire Ministries International.
Reviews - What do customers think about Pure Desire: Helping People Break Free from Sexual Struggles?
Great Book on Sex Addiction Jan 9, 2007
I have been using Dr. Ted Roberts book Pure Desire every since the first week we started sex addiction ministry. Dr. Roberts through his own experience and expertise wrote a book that explains exactly what is going on in a sex addicts life. I've heard remarks like: "It's like he is reading my mail when I read this book" or "this book has help me understand I'm not crazy or alone in my struggle". We require this book for all of our men who attend our recovery groups and I highly recommend it to everyone who thinks they may have a problem with sex addiction.
Spiritual healing for Sexual Addiction Jan 9, 2007
This book is more than just about sex. It is very rich for men and women to read. It addresses issues of relationships with family and with God and how that relates to disfunction in sex and other addictions. We have read quite a few books like this and it is by far the best.
Pure Desire Oct 28, 2006
Much needed information to help men and women to get out from under the bondage of pornography. A real problem in the family, husband & wife relationship, in the community, and in the individuals own moral, character, and mental health issues. A must read for everyone. For those trapped and for those who can help the trapped. It is written well. Informative, funny, interesting, and easy to read. It's hard to put down. Ted's transparentcy is the center of the success of this book. His openness is healing to those who need it most.
Reality May 4, 2006
I love it when an author addresses issues that are rarely talked about, especially issued that are rarely talked about in church.
The thought life is the most private and secret area in our entire being. Unless you decide to reveal all that is in your mind, no one is going to know what lies behind the curtain. Yet it is right behind that curtain where most of the pain and damage begins.
Roberts boldly reveals the struggles he has had with sexual immorality, laying the foundation of his connectedness with more than half of the rest world. He does a great job at introducing possible ways of dealing with the skeletons in our closests and help bring them to the light of God for deliverence and healing.
Also recommend: "I'm Bored with Christianity" by Derrick Engoy
Compassionate, passionate, humorous, on-target Mar 6, 2006
Ted's personal experiences both in his struggle with sex addiction and in his career as a pilot provide a compelling unity to this book. He has a passion for helping the many people who struggle with this problem, but who are not receiving the help where they should be receiving it -- from their churches, who have the truth of the Bible, but often don't focus it in this area.
The book has a dual-fold purpose. Foremost, to help the person caught in the bondage of sex addiction. Secondly, to sound a "wake-up call" to churches who are letting these persons slip through the cracks. It is effective on both counts, though I think Roberts sometimes tries to address both simultaneously, and would be better off focusing on the sex addicts as his primary audience, then addressing the churches in dedicated chapters toward the end.
It is an easy read -- he writes in a conversational and "story telling" manner. He uses humor frequently and in good taste to help break the tension of a tough subject. There are also some helpful chapters from his wife offering her perspective on what it's like to heal along with her husband.
I've read many books on the subject, starting with SLAA's big book, the SA white book, and Christian books such as Every Man's Battle (Arterburn and Stoecker), Faithful and Tree (Laaser), Not Even a Hint (Harris), and the Purity Principle (Alcorn). I found something helpful in all of them, but Roberts' is one of the best. It has the "empathy" of the secular 12-step "big book" literature on sex addiction, but goes beyond self-defined bottom lines and "God as I understand him" to a much more Biblically grounded faith and vision.