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One in five Christian women use pornography. One in three visitors to a porn site is a woman. Many, many more women read explicit books like Fifty Shades of Grey. Even more than that write their own pornography - not on paper for publication, but in their heads for their own use. Helen Thorne knows all this because she's done it. But no one talks about it. Our churches are One in five Christian women use pornography. One in three visitors to a porn site is a woman. Many, many more women read explicit books like Fifty Shades of Grey. Even more than that write their own pornography - not on paper for publication, but in their heads for their own use. Helen Thorne knows all this because she's done it. But no one talks about it. Our churches are silent on it. There are very few books about it. It is the unspoken struggle of thousands of Christian women - perhaps you, and probably someone you know. But no more. In this refreshingly honest, resolutely hope-filled and gospel-soaked book, Helen speaks the unspoken. In doing so, she shows how purity is better and more satisfying than fantasy - and that, whoever you are and whatever your struggles, that purity is possible.


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One in five Christian women use pornography. One in three visitors to a porn site is a woman. Many, many more women read explicit books like Fifty Shades of Grey. Even more than that write their own pornography - not on paper for publication, but in their heads for their own use. Helen Thorne knows all this because she's done it. But no one talks about it. Our churches are One in five Christian women use pornography. One in three visitors to a porn site is a woman. Many, many more women read explicit books like Fifty Shades of Grey. Even more than that write their own pornography - not on paper for publication, but in their heads for their own use. Helen Thorne knows all this because she's done it. But no one talks about it. Our churches are silent on it. There are very few books about it. It is the unspoken struggle of thousands of Christian women - perhaps you, and probably someone you know. But no more. In this refreshingly honest, resolutely hope-filled and gospel-soaked book, Helen speaks the unspoken. In doing so, she shows how purity is better and more satisfying than fantasy - and that, whoever you are and whatever your struggles, that purity is possible.

30 review for Purity is Possible: How to live free of the fantasy trap

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    This book is so important! I think it's a really difficult thing for women to admit to doing certain things that this book talks about, and after reading this I've realised how important it is that we talk about these things. Sexual immorality is something that many Christian women struggle with daily and often don't know where to turn to. I also think many women don't realise that something they are doing is wrong and may need a push to realise it. It's certainly very difficult, because if you re This book is so important! I think it's a really difficult thing for women to admit to doing certain things that this book talks about, and after reading this I've realised how important it is that we talk about these things. Sexual immorality is something that many Christian women struggle with daily and often don't know where to turn to. I also think many women don't realise that something they are doing is wrong and may need a push to realise it. It's certainly very difficult, because if you read a book like this, and post it on social media (like I am right now) then you may feel ashamed and guilty, and like people will look down on you or disapprove of you. But I also feel like it's very important for women to realise that other Christian women can be having the same experiences as them, and can make them feel seen and less isolated. Obviously, I won't be talking about personal experiences because that's... personal. But I was talking to a friend of mine after reading this book and I found out that they have similar struggles. But this also made me realise how little this is talked about and made me think of all the women who might need help but have nowhere to turn to. This book is great, it's essentially a guide for Christian women to stop their habits. It does it in a way that makes you realise things you might have to change, but also doesn't make you feel separated from God. The author reminds the reader over and over again that they are loved by God and that even if they feel ashamed, God will love them regardless. So it's not a book talking about how angry God is with us but how much he loves us and wants us to be closer to him by breaking these habits - and I think it was the right approach to take with this book. Side note: If you aren't a Christian but feel like you may need to break a habit - you can totally pick up this book! Its very short so give it a try, there is definitely something you can get out of it :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amber Thiessen

    I think there’s a tendency to believe that porn is a male problem. But reality is that women struggle too. Purity is also not just about porn, but about sexual fantasy as well. The author does a nice job articulating different temptations and how the gospel helps us in our struggles. This is a book for the single woman and the married woman, who want to understand sexual temptation, to hear biblical encouragement and practical steps toward purity. If you’re a women’s ministry leader, you’ll find I think there’s a tendency to believe that porn is a male problem. But reality is that women struggle too. Purity is also not just about porn, but about sexual fantasy as well. The author does a nice job articulating different temptations and how the gospel helps us in our struggles. This is a book for the single woman and the married woman, who want to understand sexual temptation, to hear biblical encouragement and practical steps toward purity. If you’re a women’s ministry leader, you’ll find this is a very insightful read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    sydney

    Sexuality was such a hush-hush topic in the church growing up. In my experience, if sexuality was spoken about at all it was in a “True Love Waits” campaign and then never brought up again. If I had a book like this when I was in high school, I could have been saved a lot of heartache. I really appreciate this author for being for honest and truthful about the harm of entertaining lustful thoughts and what leads women to get to that point in the first place. She provides Biblical guidance on how Sexuality was such a hush-hush topic in the church growing up. In my experience, if sexuality was spoken about at all it was in a “True Love Waits” campaign and then never brought up again. If I had a book like this when I was in high school, I could have been saved a lot of heartache. I really appreciate this author for being for honest and truthful about the harm of entertaining lustful thoughts and what leads women to get to that point in the first place. She provides Biblical guidance on how to completely renew our mind and not just hope we do better this time around. This book is Christ-centered and concise, and I think a lot of women would find value in what Thorne has to say, even if they don’t personally struggle with sexual purity.

  4. 4 out of 5

    B

    In her book Purity is Possible: How to Live Free of the Fantasy Trap, Helen Thorne is "honest about the murky world of our [Christian women's] minds and the impact of pornography on every facet of our lives. But the real aim, the ultimate goal, of these pages is to encourage you to become more like Jesus, the perfect embodiment of true attractiveness," (Kindle location 106). Ms. Thorne shows how "fantasy, erotic, and pornography--the sexual fiction we [Christian women] imagine, read, or watch--ta In her book Purity is Possible: How to Live Free of the Fantasy Trap, Helen Thorne is "honest about the murky world of our [Christian women's] minds and the impact of pornography on every facet of our lives. But the real aim, the ultimate goal, of these pages is to encourage you to become more like Jesus, the perfect embodiment of true attractiveness," (Kindle location 106). Ms. Thorne shows how "fantasy, erotic, and pornography--the sexual fiction we [Christian women] imagine, read, or watch--take us out of this world and transport us to a whole new dimension," (Kindle location 213). The author does an excellent job of revealing the sin of lascivious acts without being too explicit, but her writing is still forceful enough to reveal the ugly reality of women's struggle that brings about conviction. Even though Ms. Thorne specifically addresses sexual sin, any area of discontentment in finances, career, family, etc. can be sinful and lead to an ungodly fantasy life. The author notes that "ungodly behaviour stems from ungodly worship," (Kindle location 367) and looks at the idols in the heart of Christian women. She calls out the sexual sin in our lives whether in thoughts and/or actions, and then points to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Ultimately, she points to the Bible as the "only real way to see, and keep seeing, the areas in which we [Christian women] need to change," (Kindle location 938). She also clearly demonstrates that the mortification of sin is a synergistic process which requires the work of the Christian and the Holy Spirit. There were a few statements in the book that I do not completely agree with Ms. Thorne, but there are two major concerns that I want to address. The author obviously has a different view of the effectual call of salvation than I, but she recognizes the fact that not every woman reading her book is a Christian and gives a Gospel presentation. However, her presentation is incomplete; the Gospel is more than just letting Jesus pay for our sins (Kindle location 780). Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and He was buried and He rose again the third day according to the scriptures, (1 Cor. 15:3-4), and "these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name," (John 20:31). In addition, Ms. Thorne's statement that "each time we mess up, God remembers the cross and pours more forgiveness into our lives," (Kindle location 864), is not consistent with orthodox Christianity. Christians are imputed with Christ's righteousness at the moment of regeneration by the Holy Spirit. It is done once and it is done completely. The idea of infused righteousness that needs to be replenished is an unbiblical Roman Catholic construct. Nevertheless, Ms. Thorne calls out sin and then provides a biblical hope of change that's not just grounded in trying to do better the next time, but gives guidance in renewing the mind to conform to the image of Christ. She recommends specific chapters of the Bible to read and think about which provide comfort and truth to the Christian. She knows that the process of change will not be easy, but continues to point to Jesus Christ and His power. Therefore, I heartily recommend this book for all Christian women (young and old) who struggle not only with sexual sin, but also those who have a fantasy life that is not submissive to God's will. The apostle Paul reminds us that "godliness with contentment is great gain," (1 Tim. 6:6); therefore, Christians should strive to be holy because God is holy, (1 Peter 1:16). Full Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jillian Heard

    I don’t often write reviews of books, but a review of this book may be helpful for others of my friends who are counselors, pastors, or have some kind of helping relationship with women who struggle with pornography/erotica addictions. Most literature on this topic is written for men, but Thorne shows how it is a common women’s issue as well (and I can confirm as a counselor of exclusively women). Thorne explores the unique dynamics of a woman’s heart and common idols that often drive this strug I don’t often write reviews of books, but a review of this book may be helpful for others of my friends who are counselors, pastors, or have some kind of helping relationship with women who struggle with pornography/erotica addictions. Most literature on this topic is written for men, but Thorne shows how it is a common women’s issue as well (and I can confirm as a counselor of exclusively women). Thorne explores the unique dynamics of a woman’s heart and common idols that often drive this struggle. She also gives lots of practical, biblical steps for gaining freedom from the “fantasy trap”. This was an overall great primer, but 5 stars would go to a more thorough treatment of the topic.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Purity can be misunderstood that it is more about what not to do than what to be. Purity is putting on and if I was going to use an applicable word it would be protection. Living a lifestyle of purity is a protection of the mind, soul and body. I think that is what makes Purity Possible. “It’s about starting, not stopping. (kindle location 98). Keeping pure is not about sex being bad, it is more about making sex good. Helen Horne own story is threaded in this study and made alive for us to exam Purity can be misunderstood that it is more about what not to do than what to be. Purity is putting on and if I was going to use an applicable word it would be protection. Living a lifestyle of purity is a protection of the mind, soul and body. I think that is what makes Purity Possible. “It’s about starting, not stopping. (kindle location 98). Keeping pure is not about sex being bad, it is more about making sex good. Helen Horne own story is threaded in this study and made alive for us to examine our own hearts and walk towards the heart of God. Porn comes in many different forms. It is visual but it is also in word done in explicit detail. God made us for relationship. Marriage is made for relationship. Porn is made from a fantasy that cannot be realized. Porn makes people (made in God’s image) into objects of abuse that take away the value of a person. We are to be valued and porn makes unvalued and used. Having daughters, I don’t want men or women treating them as sex objects because I see them for much more. I can’t imagine what our heavenly father feels when we fall in the trap of porn. Porn is addictive and that is why it is so dangerous and damaging. Helen Horne lays out very well the damaging effects of porn and the deceitfulness of porn as well. I would recommend this to all women that desire purity in their walk with the Lord. A complimentary review copy was provided to me by Cross Focused Reviews (A Service of Cross Focused Media, LLC). I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Maney

    Good stuff about not idolizing relationships. I don’t know that I agree with her that singleness is a gift the same way marriage is a gift. I would say I’m a pretty content single person, but I kind of view it like somebody with only one leg. It doesn’t make me any less of a person and I can still live a full life, but it’s not the template for how things are “supposed” to be. I’d rather have someone be straight with me and admit that it’s a fallen world and things aren’t always the way they’re “ Good stuff about not idolizing relationships. I don’t know that I agree with her that singleness is a gift the same way marriage is a gift. I would say I’m a pretty content single person, but I kind of view it like somebody with only one leg. It doesn’t make me any less of a person and I can still live a full life, but it’s not the template for how things are “supposed” to be. I’d rather have someone be straight with me and admit that it’s a fallen world and things aren’t always the way they’re “supposed” be than have someone give falsely positive affirmations.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Becky Hintz

    A good book to have on hand if you do much counseling... Honestly, this was not a pleasant read because of the subject matter, but it was eye-opening in an important way. Though some of us "older" (i.e. over 30) women may not be familiar with the dark, enslaving world of internet pornography and erotic literature, the young ladies in our congregations certainly are, and when they're ready to find freedom, they'll need compassionate, un-squeamish help. This book is a solid place to start. A good book to have on hand if you do much counseling... Honestly, this was not a pleasant read because of the subject matter, but it was eye-opening in an important way. Though some of us "older" (i.e. over 30) women may not be familiar with the dark, enslaving world of internet pornography and erotic literature, the young ladies in our congregations certainly are, and when they're ready to find freedom, they'll need compassionate, un-squeamish help. This book is a solid place to start.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    While I am SO thankful for more books on sexual purity for women, I thought this one was a little harder to follow and less compelling than PULLING BACK THE SHADE, but that could be because this one addresses a lot more general level purity vs specific, targeted application. Would be a great primer on purity for someone who struggles but hasn't read other work. While I am SO thankful for more books on sexual purity for women, I thought this one was a little harder to follow and less compelling than PULLING BACK THE SHADE, but that could be because this one addresses a lot more general level purity vs specific, targeted application. Would be a great primer on purity for someone who struggles but hasn't read other work.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gemma

    Truly honest and really helpful

  11. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Books on these topics seem to be few and far between, especially for women seeking a biblical perspective on sensitive subjects. Thorpe’s “Purity is Possible” shines light on the dangers of sexual immorality and also the rewards of being free from this sin. It acknowledges that Christian women who struggle with sin relating to fantasizing and/or pornography are not alone, which is a breath of fresh air for someone who thought she was along in the creation of fantasy worlds. This is the first nove Books on these topics seem to be few and far between, especially for women seeking a biblical perspective on sensitive subjects. Thorpe’s “Purity is Possible” shines light on the dangers of sexual immorality and also the rewards of being free from this sin. It acknowledges that Christian women who struggle with sin relating to fantasizing and/or pornography are not alone, which is a breath of fresh air for someone who thought she was along in the creation of fantasy worlds. This is the first novel I have crossed so far that discusses fantasy in depth. Fantasy is displayed for the idol it is when we value or desire our fantasy world above the reality God has given us, and Thorpe put that into such a clear perspective, using the Bible to support her claims. I appreciate how Thorpe points not to this book as the answer to escaping from the porn/fantasy trap, but to the Bible as the ultimate answer. Her book is not the end-all-be-all, and it’s not supposed to be. “Purity is Possible” is a helpful tool to use in conjunction with reading and studying the Bible. It provides information that encourages women to seek God amidst temptation. This book was a quick read and I am thankful to have stumbled upon it. This book both convicted and encouraged me in the battle to rid my heart of all idols to be more like Christ.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Menke

    People tend to think that the female of the species doesn’t struggle with pornography and sexual fantasy and therefore resources for the 1 in 5 Christian women who do struggle in these areas are rare. Enter “Purity is Possible” a Gospel-filled, practical, and encouraging primer for the woman needing hope in this area of her life. Thorne graciously and vulnerably walks her readers through her own struggles in this area while continually pointing them to the hope they have in Christ. She’s honest People tend to think that the female of the species doesn’t struggle with pornography and sexual fantasy and therefore resources for the 1 in 5 Christian women who do struggle in these areas are rare. Enter “Purity is Possible” a Gospel-filled, practical, and encouraging primer for the woman needing hope in this area of her life. Thorne graciously and vulnerably walks her readers through her own struggles in this area while continually pointing them to the hope they have in Christ. She’s honest about how hard change is and yet joyfully adamant about how dangerous failure to repent in this area is. She points to the power of Christ again and again while also giving practical tips and encouragements for our own responsibility in fighting this battle. I would highly recommend this book to all Christian women - whether they struggle in this area or not as this is helpful in talking to others about this prevalent but seldom discussed topic.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Excellent little book written for women on the subject of sexual purity and the fight against porn, erotica, and sexual fantasies. This is the first book of its kind that I’ve ever heard about and it is serious about both sin and God’s grace. Both practical and theological, the book doesn’t flinch from dealing with things that make us squirm and calling women to live in purity because of our relationship to our perfect Creator and Savior. Recommended (especially if you read it with a friend!): H Excellent little book written for women on the subject of sexual purity and the fight against porn, erotica, and sexual fantasies. This is the first book of its kind that I’ve ever heard about and it is serious about both sin and God’s grace. Both practical and theological, the book doesn’t flinch from dealing with things that make us squirm and calling women to live in purity because of our relationship to our perfect Creator and Savior. Recommended (especially if you read it with a friend!): Highschool and up

  14. 4 out of 5

    Acacia Mitchell

    I appreciated this book’s deep draw on scripture and personal idolatry- helpful for anyone regardless of their personal struggles. However, I did find it a bit simplistic in its approach. Unwanted: how sexual brokenness reveals our way to healing by Jay Stringer is possibly the best book I have ever read on the subject, and takes a more wholistic view point. That being said, this book has a beautiful call to purity and approaches it in a way that does not condemn and does not condone.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Eric T

    On my podcast we are discussing pornography addiction and were looking for a book to recommend that could speak to women (as most are written to men). Helen Thorne has done a phenomenal job of addressing pornography, erotica, and fantasy among women. As a pastor for young adults I plan to keep multiple copies of this book in my library to offer to those women who have sought and will seek freedom from addiction.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Chiem

    This book is incredible. From someone who used to read erotica, and has read the Fifty Shades Series, this book has given me a such a wide range of tools and strategies to stay on the path to purity. I can just tell that through every sentence Helen Thorne is speaking from a deep conviction and real experiences. What I loved the most was that the book pointed right back to the Bible. A very solid read. It has genuinely inspired me, and helped re calibrate some of my deepest desires.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Reger

    This is certainly the best book that I've read on the topic of sexual purity and it is great to have a book specifically for females! Would recommend to all not just people who think purity is a specific issue in their life as Helen captures a broader picture of why and how to pursue purity whilst also offering practical insight in battling with daily struggles. This is certainly the best book that I've read on the topic of sexual purity and it is great to have a book specifically for females! Would recommend to all not just people who think purity is a specific issue in their life as Helen captures a broader picture of why and how to pursue purity whilst also offering practical insight in battling with daily struggles.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn

    Excellent resource for Christian women who may be struggling with sexual sin, porn/fantasy addiction. Not just a self help book but a scripture filled, practical book written by someone who went through porn addiction themselves.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Apryl

    Gospel-centered. Realistic and honest. Encouraging.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michael Boling

    The issue of purity, especially when it comes to matters of a sexual nature, is not just a problem for men. Women also face the pernicious allure of sexual impurity and the draw of fantasy, whether that is through mental images parading across their thought life or the plethora of sexualized material available in print and video. With that said, women can become victorious over sexual impurity through the power of Christ. Helen Thorne, in her book Purity is Possible: How to Live Free of the Fant The issue of purity, especially when it comes to matters of a sexual nature, is not just a problem for men. Women also face the pernicious allure of sexual impurity and the draw of fantasy, whether that is through mental images parading across their thought life or the plethora of sexualized material available in print and video. With that said, women can become victorious over sexual impurity through the power of Christ. Helen Thorne, in her book Purity is Possible: How to Live Free of the Fantasy Trap, provides the reader with valuable insight, tools, and a biblically based approach to uprooting improper sexual issues within their lives. Thorne rightly notes at the outset of this helpful book that “Gone are the days when films were just made by men for men. There are now alternatives to the seedy scenarios where blondes swoon at the first glimpse of the photocopier repair-man and give in to his every whim. Now female directors are producing short pieces that are specifically designed to arouse pleasure in women. The material is sensitive, sensual…appealing.” Furthermore, this material is available seemingly everywhere. Long gone are the days when perversion was only available in an adult bookstore. Now such vile trash can be obtained and viewed with the touch of a finger on a smart phone. Of additional concern is the transformation of what beauty means. Thorne aptly states that true beauty is not the kind promoted by Cosmo. Conversely, women “were made for the kind of beauty that starts in the heart and overflows into every part of our being. It’s a beauty that is utterly captivating, precious beyond measure, and deep; so deep that it’s foundational to everything we say and do.” Such beauty only comes understanding that women were made in the image of God. Moreover, God’s design for proper relationships is not to be found in the pages of Cosmo or the seduction of that cable repair guy who is ringing the doorbell on that video for reasons far removed from fixing the reception. God’s design for proper relationships is noted by Thorne as being rooted in biblical beauty, namely a daily dose of Jesus, “loving him, knowing we’re loved by him, and seeking to live his way.” Taking that approach according to Thorne postures women to understand true beauty and by extension, positions them to engage in God glorifying relationships. Throughout this book, Thorne addresses a number of key issues from dealing with fantasy, guilt, liberty, and intimacy. While the entire book is quite excellent and will most certainly help the reader understand and deal with sexual issues in their life, one particular chapter was a standout for me, specifically Thorne’s discussion of liberty. Given this is a book focused on that very subject, a biblically based outline of how victory over sexual issues can be obtained is vitally important. To that end, Thorne is quite successful. She correctly comments that victory is first understood as taking place when one grasps that we are a new creation. Our identity is found in Christ and not the pages of smut or perverted fantasy. I appreciated her declaration that “Putting on our new self means letting the priorities that God has put in our heart start to ooze out of our being.” When we invest in others by loving God and loving others, there remains little room for “the self-centered fake world we had indulged in.” One may rightly ask why a man chose to read a book concerning sexual issues for women. As a husband and a father, I feel it is vital to understand what my wife and daughter are dealing with, to be able to grasp how matters of sexuality impact their lives. Having a better understanding of such issues as a husband and a father will in turn enable me to better serve my family. This means I highly recommend this book first and foremost for women, but also for men, in particular husbands to read. I received this book for free from The Good Book Company via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Many books about sexual purity and pornography have been written in the past, yet they all seem to be addressed specifically to the male audience. This book was however written for women, and by a woman who has struggled herself with sexual impurity. Thorne knows firsthand what she is talking about; she has a specific goal in mind when writing to her readers. Her wish is to bring them to the only One who can release them from the bondage that this sin has ensnared them with. A world of illusions Many books about sexual purity and pornography have been written in the past, yet they all seem to be addressed specifically to the male audience. This book was however written for women, and by a woman who has struggled herself with sexual impurity. Thorne knows firsthand what she is talking about; she has a specific goal in mind when writing to her readers. Her wish is to bring them to the only One who can release them from the bondage that this sin has ensnared them with. A world of illusions built on fantasies, which claim to make them happy, yet eludes them away from the realities of the world thus enslaving them into sin furthermore. Despite very sensitive issues, this book is clear, precise, straight to the point, biblical and easy to read. Even with all its difficult subjects, that could make one uncomfortable to a certain point, Thorne makes us feel comfortable. Her words are not condescending in any way. She continually reminds us of who we are in Christ and what He has done for us. This actually liberates us and gives us a desire to flee to our Savior. As Thorne says clearly in her book, there is a misconception that women don’t practice porn or visit sex websites as much as men…this is not true! Today women suffer as much as men with this problem. It’s just that it is not talked about. Harlequin books like “Fifty shades of grey” are a good example of Erotica reading that many women, even Christian women, are reading today. It is even made acceptable! As she so well identifies in her book, this certainly is not practicing purity. Yet as Christians, adopted by our Redeemer, beloved children of God, we are called for real beauty, purity and the renewing of our minds. This is what we are truly designed for. For the glory of our God, lest we forget it! We need to learn to cultivate new and honoring thoughts that will exalt our God. That will be possible by staying close to his Word and placing it before our eyes daily. Being ensnared by sin in sexual impurity is not easy to be freed from but it is possible. Christ, by his Spirit indwelling in us, helps to fulfill and grant us the courage to do so. Yet our responsibility is to do our part, which is not to be a passive act on our part. We are to engage in active acts like being accountable, pray, place boundaries for ourselves (couvenanteyes.com), getting rid of all that temptation (magazines, books), find a prayer partner, memorize Scripture, and clear all history on our computer, among other things. Like any other sin, there will be temptations and the only way to resist sin is to go to the one who Has the power to give us strength to win the battle that has already been won for us, Christ. And when we sin again, He is there to forgive when we repent and His everlasting grace is always in abundance along with His love, no matter what the sin is, whether it is sexual impurity or any other sin. If this is an issue you’re struggling with and you need to hear from someone who’s been there, you’ll surely find comfort reading this book. But mostly you’ll find comfort where she brings you: at the foot of the cross of our Lord. There you will find repentance and acceptance for your soul. Ann L Beaulieu I have received a free copy by Cross Focused Reviews. However I am under no obligation to write a positive review. These are entirely my own personal opinions and thoughts expressed according to my own discernment.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    You can often find books on lust or addiction to pornography for guys, Finally Free by Heath Lambert comes to my mind immediately. But what if you have a had to recommend a sister in christ some literature on this same topic? Sure you can recommend the same books, but it has been known that both gender struggle different in the fight for purity in life, heart and thoughts. That is where this book comes in. Helen Thorne has written a short book to help christian women in their fight for purity. Th You can often find books on lust or addiction to pornography for guys, Finally Free by Heath Lambert comes to my mind immediately. But what if you have a had to recommend a sister in christ some literature on this same topic? Sure you can recommend the same books, but it has been known that both gender struggle different in the fight for purity in life, heart and thoughts. That is where this book comes in. Helen Thorne has written a short book to help christian women in their fight for purity. Thorne first starts by giving the reader a preview, a vision of what a life of purity is really about: beauty, true beauty as God had intended. 
 Next, Thorne the deals with the common issues that women struggles with like fantasy, reading of erotic materials,watching of various kind of pornography, or perhaps being called to live a life of singleness, She then leads the reader to the heart of the problem, that is our hearts are idol-factories. We would alway want to worship alternative gods in our lives other than the real God of the bible and of the world. Following which, Thorne very pastorally helps the reader to deal with various kind of guilt. She helps the readers see that they are some things we should be guilty of, yet at the same time, there are some things we need not and should not be guilty of! Thereafter, Throne points the reader to the loving kindness and mercy of God, showing the readers that forgiveness is, and can be found in the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Finally, Thorne wants to reader to see that is it not enough just to know about the problem and solution, however it is necessary to act upon the knowledge that we have. She tells the readers what that means, then usher them to embrace their new identity that is found in Christ. She ends by reminding the reader that the fight for purity is a long and hard journey, by God’s grace we can preserve, but we must not be passive about it. This has been a helpful book, it sets forth good, sound biblical teachings showing the readers from the bible what it says about purity and how to live it out. Highly recommended for any women who wants to live a life of purity. 
Rating: 4.25 / 5 Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Edythe

    “I’m going to be honest with you because in what follows, I’m going to be asking you to be honest with yourself. In the past: - I have created sexual fantasies in my mind. - I have read women’s erotica. - I have watched porn on the web. And I have enjoyed it.” -Helen Thorne Helen Thorne discusses issues of her own struggles with sexual fantasies, written erotica, and the use of pornography sites that many Christian women face and not strangers to and how these issues can be overcome by avoiding them, “I’m going to be honest with you because in what follows, I’m going to be asking you to be honest with yourself. In the past: - I have created sexual fantasies in my mind. - I have read women’s erotica. - I have watched porn on the web. And I have enjoyed it.” -Helen Thorne Helen Thorne discusses issues of her own struggles with sexual fantasies, written erotica, and the use of pornography sites that many Christian women face and not strangers to and how these issues can be overcome by avoiding them, asking forgiveness from the Lord, and refreshing your faith by walking with God. The topics in this book are rarely brought to the forefront of any discussion in daily talks with friends, in the church, or with pastors even though the problem is widespread and exists among Christian women more than previously known. My opinion on the subject is this would be a great topic of discussion in bible study groups for female teens and women to assist in facilitating a support group for those wanting more information to abstain from such activities. Helen Thorne’s testimony is nicely written in an honest and humble presentation being an easy and fast read that I am recommending for women struggling with the same issues discussed who in addition want to restore their walk in faith. I received this book free from Cross Focused review program in exchange for an honest opinion in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Linda Graf

    It is a book for women addressing the issues of porn, erotica and fantasy. The author identifies the idols that lie behind the addictions. Her point is that God created us to be beautiful and when we love Him first and have intimate fellowship with Him we are fully satisfied. She specifically names the idols of relationship, experience and control. It made me think about the idols in my life - anything that keeps me from loving Jesus fully and first is an idol. Also contains helpful and practica It is a book for women addressing the issues of porn, erotica and fantasy. The author identifies the idols that lie behind the addictions. Her point is that God created us to be beautiful and when we love Him first and have intimate fellowship with Him we are fully satisfied. She specifically names the idols of relationship, experience and control. It made me think about the idols in my life - anything that keeps me from loving Jesus fully and first is an idol. Also contains helpful and practical tips for fighting temptation. It's short - less than 100 pages and an easy read. Highly recommend for any Christian woman whether you are struggling in these specific areas or not.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Clear, honest and biblical. It's great to have a book about purity for women, by a woman. This one is filled with grace and truth and is a brilliant starting point for someone who is struggling but also a great resource to get women talking and thinking about each other struggles (with love). Also very practical. Clear, honest and biblical. It's great to have a book about purity for women, by a woman. This one is filled with grace and truth and is a brilliant starting point for someone who is struggling but also a great resource to get women talking and thinking about each other struggles (with love). Also very practical.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shani

    Most books about purity and struggles regarding intimate issues are very male focused. Helen Thorne has written this great book from a female perspective of the purity issue. This is a rare gem for women of all ages who have/are struggling in the area of purity or knows someone who is.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jo Anne

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth Aubut

  29. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Doles

  30. 4 out of 5

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