Book Review: Jesus Is Better Than Porn

Jesus Is Better Than Porn:  How I Told My Wife About My Addiction And Found A New Life!, by Hugh Houston

[Note:  I received this book free of charge by the author.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Although porn is a subject I do not often talk about [1], it is a great social evil and one that is certainly worthy of being talked about.  And although this book is a short one at less than 100 pages, the author makes some rather deep points about the relationship of pornography and other aspects of social evil such as our unwillingness to accept criticism from others and our increasing isolation into worlds of fantasy instead of into communion and fellowship with others.  As an isolated person with a high degree of imaginative capacity, the author’s discussion is one that I know a great deal from my own personal experience, and I am sure that a great many men (and more than a few women) will be able to relate to what he discusses so openly and honestly in these pages.  That is not to say that everyone will find this book to be pleasant–it is uncomfortably frank and honest–but it is no less worthwhile for all that.

In terms of its structure, this book is divided into thirteen chapters as well as an introduction, epilogue, and appendix (which also serves as an altar call).  The author begins with a memoir section of the deep, dark hole (1) he fell into as a result of lust, and talked about the way that he is like many other people (2).  He talks about how to quit smoking as a way of discussing how to overcome addictions of all kinds (3).  He discusses a tough look at the person in the mirror (4) and his decision to confess his sin to his wife (5), which devastated her.  After this he discusses the reality of being lost (6) and the repercussions of abuse that he had not realized was a part of his problem (7).  He discusses the need to work one’s plan (8) and the hook that sin tends to have in us (9), as well as the way that our feet and eyes are often pre-programmed to sin (10).  After this he discusses the question of fake or genuine repentance (11), the way that our curses often work out to blessings (12), before closing with a question of hope or despair (13).

There are a lot of aspects of this book that are very praiseworthy.  The author speaks from personal experience to a wide variety of people who share his struggle, whether or not they realize it.  The author has clearly read a lot of good books that deal with the question of addiction and spirituality and pornography, and brings a great deal of intellectual knowledge as well as personal experience to his discussion.  Best of all, the author argues with sound biblical reasoning and clearly is well versed in the scriptural as well as the societal implications of our social evils.  The author’s insights about the appeal of fantasy in large part because of the lack of demands it makes on us is certainly one that we would do well to remember.  This is a stellar little book, and one which deserves a great deal of attention, not least because it writes about a pervasive social evil that is not taken nearly seriously enough by many, because it demands that we bring every thought captive to God’s ways, a charge that is intolerable to many who cannot conceive of any restraint of the full flowering of their lusts.

[1] But see, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2013/07/24/bridge-porn/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2012/04/21/when-parliament-is-for-porn/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2018/05/14/book-review-bad-cat/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/12/11/game-review-come-as-you-arent/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/06/30/book-review-25-questions-youre-afraid-to-ask-about-love-sex-and-intimacy/

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2 Responses to Book Review: Jesus Is Better Than Porn

  1. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Reblogged this on James' Ramblings.

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