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He Restoreth my Soul

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In this book, author Donald L Hilton Jr. MD explores the destructive power of pornography addiction, not just from a moral and spiritual perspective, but with the scrutiny of modern science. Current research tells us that there is little difference in physical or chemical changes in the pleasure and control centers of the brain regardless of whether the addiction is "from ...more
Paperback, 284 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Forward Press Publishing
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Kayla
Aug 09, 2011 Kayla rated it really liked it
I read this book for two reasons:
1) Because many years ago I was in a relationship with a porn addict and I hoped that by reading this book I could understand more about that situation so I can heal and move on.
2) I was told this book was excellent resource on all addiction and bad habits, not just Porn.

It's well written, it's interesting. It's full of great information and so much hope and help. The only thing that bothered me was the italics. Please just stop emphasizing everything. Please.
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Jenna Wood
Sep 22, 2011 Jenna Wood rated it it was amazing
My Dad is on the high council in our stake. The stake president read this book then gave copies to the entire high council. After my dad read it, he bought a case, gave a book to each of my sisters and me as well as many other family and friends. He kept bugging us (my sisters and me) to read it, but we kept putting it off, because who really wants to read a book about pornography addiction?

Well, Wendell and I finally read it and it is amazing. We were just over half way through it when we pulle
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Rebecca
Mar 20, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gospel-themes
Because of the world we live in, we can't keep our head in a bucket when it comes to being aware of the trials and tribulations that come from addiction. The author does an excellent job in explaining the physical changes that occur in the brain when a person is addicted. He then goes on to help the reader understand very clearly what is involved in the addiction process and how to overcome this great challenge. Even though pornography is specifically cited, the author helps the reader to ...more
Brigitte
Sep 04, 2010 Brigitte rated it it was amazing
I know of people who are struggling with this addiction and found this book took be extremely helpful in understanding behavior, having more compassion for those who are entrenched in this addiction and had an "ah-ha" moment realizing that when someone is addicted, it stunts their emotional and spiritual growth. It seems to be the cause with not just pornography addiction but with other addictions as well. This book also reminded me of the urgency to monitor what is going on in my home and to be ...more
Shelby
Feb 02, 2011 Shelby rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC!!! This book was given to us by a close friend struggling with sexual addiction. I put it on the shelf for a long time, thinking, eh, we don't really have a problem there so, no hurry. So glad we finally got around to reading it! An absolute must read for EVERY man, woman, couple, and maybe even older teens. Whether the problem of pornography/lust/sex addiction has impacted your life or not, this is a book everyone should read. Seriously so important. I thought it was so good, my ...more
Brad Cramer
Jan 28, 2010 Brad Cramer rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: religion
Definitely one of the best books I have read in a long time. It had wonderful information about addictions in general, but the facts about pornography specifically were fascinating. It also gave me some new perspectives about the atonement, or more specifically the lies Satan spreads about the atonement. I was struck by the universality of the Savior's love, mercy, and grace. I was struck by the strength of the lie we tell ourselves that "I'm not good enough for the Savior's love." or "why would ...more
Fred Donaldson
Feb 04, 2016 Fred Donaldson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this book for the insights on addiction to lust. Pornography is a modern day plague and it will affect nearly every man and woman. Recommend this for those struggling and those helping individuals with pornography struggles and addiction.
Alison
May 31, 2009 Alison rated it really liked it
This is a must read for anyone with a husband or sons. It is essential to understand how sexually addicted our society is even in the mainstream TV programs and romantic literature. This is a wake up call to protect your family.
Marissa
Nov 16, 2009 Marissa is currently reading it
After I attended an anti-pornography conference here in Rexburg, I bought the main speaker's book. I learned a lot from him at the conference and am excited to read his book.
Tina
Feb 03, 2010 Tina rated it it was amazing
I agree that this is a must read book for everyone. It has reminded me of the need to always be on our guard, to always protect our children, and to always be grateful for the plan of salvation.
Jason Burt
Oct 19, 2016 Jason Burt rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book about "understanding and breaking the chemical and spiritual chains of pornography addiction through the Atonement of Jesus Christ"!

Reading this book and gaining a better understanding of pornography addiction (and addiction in general) has been a great learning experience for me. Even though pornography is not something I have personally struggled with, this book has changed my life...I feel like I am now much better prepared to understand and help people struggling wi
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Mary
Jul 23, 2014 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: religious
Okay, so five stars on the topic, which is not just important, but increasingly vital. I especially appreciated the many resources which Hilton provides and the scientific perspective of what sex addiction looks like chemically and physically in the brain. My favorite parts, though, my very favorite parts, were the appendices. The honest letters from recovering addicts who discuss what they wish their bishops had asked them, or conversations between a husband and wife talking about the effect ...more
Drew Johnson
May 31, 2011 Drew Johnson rated it really liked it

Written by an LDS Nuerogsurgeon, this book addresses both the science and the spiritual components of addiction (particularly pornography) very well.

It includes suggestions on what questions to ask when counseling someone going through addiction.

He also explains the science behind why promiscuity leads to depression. In orgasm, chemicals are released that increase trust and attachment to the sexual partner. When that trust and attachment is violated in casual sex scenarios, depression naturall
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Kirsten Hobbs
Jun 10, 2011 Kirsten Hobbs marked it as to-read
I am excited to share this book. My parents are the Leaders of an addiction recovery program in Arizona. They work with people, male and female, with all kind of addictions. They have said this book is the best they have seen on the topic.

Written by an LDS doctor, this book teaches about the chemical and spiritual aspects of sexual/pornography addiction. It offers support for family members of addicts, and teaches why this addiction is so hard to overcome. Of course, it teaches how it CAN be ov
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Jared
Dec 17, 2015 Jared rated it really liked it
An interesting foray into pornography and sexual addiction from the perspective of an LDS neurosurgeon. There were a lot of interesting medical/doctrinal points, however I found some of the personal dogma to be distasteful. I especially took issue with a chapter that was supposedly a letter from someone who had once struggled with same sex attraction, and was now "cured" through the atonement of Christ. I don't think that man's experience is necessarily representative of the homosexual ...more
Rebecca
Feb 28, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-we-own
The first part of this book is a frightening wake up call to the vast problem of pornography addictions in our world today. It follows with very technical neurological explanations for what happens in the brain of someone who experiences addiction (a brain surgeon wrote the book), and what needs to happen in the brain physically for an individual to overcome an addiction. It was interesting to learn about both the physical and spiritual elements of healing for those who suffer with addictions. ...more
Jason
Mar 03, 2010 Jason added it
Several months ago I attended a presentation that Donald Hilton did for SA Lifeline Foundation in Mapleton, UT. He spoke on the topic of his book, Pornography / Sexual addiction. The information he shared was marvelous and very helpful for me and my wife. I would strongly encourage everyone and anyone to purchase this book. Don has been able to help many people that struggle with this addiction. Don in his unique charitable way has allowed SA Lifeline Foundation to sell this book via their ...more
Troy
Nov 03, 2014 Troy rated it it was amazing
Understanding the physiology of the brain and how it is affected by pornography is vital to understanding that recovery is a long term process and real work is required to make changes. There is a lot of hope and not only do you get a lesson in anatomy and physiology but you get a powerful lesson on the atonement. Addiction recovery is a multifaceted endeavor that requires a significant effort and a recovery team fighting along side the addict. These are all things I realized as I read through ...more
Dan
Apr 10, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing
This book is a very powerful tool and insight into finding healing from sexual addictions. It is written by a skilled and renowned neurosurgeon and takes a double pronged view of the addiction. First, it looks at the the physical, chemical, and neurological view of what exactly happens in the brains of addicts. This portion was a bit hard to follow and the diagrams didn't seem too helpful and weren't explained as fully as I would have liked. But Dr. Hilton did a great job of summarizing all that ...more
Kirsten
Aug 03, 2011 Kirsten rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended to our Stake at a Stake Fireside about Sexual/Pornography Addiction. It is divided into two sections... Understanding the Addiction- and -Healing. I am halfway through and so far would recommend that mother's/wives/wives-to-be-one-day/grandmothers read this book.

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Excellent book! So thorough in explaining the chemical changes that take place in the brain of addicts as well as the reasoning of why sexual addictions are so much more addicting th
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Larsen
Jan 25, 2013 Larsen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all adults and all teen-aged boys.
Recommended to Larsen by: my bishop
Addictions alter the biochemistry of the pleasure centers of one's brain as well as cripple one's spirituality. Hence, "recovery" as well as repentance are essential to overcome addictive behavior. Pornography and inappropriate sex are addictive and frequently spoil marriages and alter and destroy lives. Recovery is very difficult, on-going, and literally impossible without turning one's life over to a Higher Power. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has produced "A Guide to ...more
Marsha Reynolds
Jul 11, 2015 Marsha Reynolds rated it really liked it
This book was recommended by a loved one struggling with pornography addiction. I read it in an effort to better understand the increasingly alarming problem of sexual addiction and successful treatment of such. Mr. Hilton is thorough in his discussion of the characteristics of addiction in general from a scientific as well as spiritual approach. His work with addiction recovery individuals recognizes the ongoing vigilance required of those who eventually find peace in their efforts to turn away ...more
Taylor Cline
Apr 14, 2011 Taylor Cline rated it it was amazing
Recommended to everyone in our PEC by the Bishop. My PhD advisor is also a bishop and he likes to talk to me a lot and let out some steam about his ward a little (since he can't really talk to anyone else about it). This is a shocking book. I always thought too many general conference talks were aimed at pornography but wow. This really taught me a lot about pornography as a drug and how it has destroyed so many lives. I also learned how many different levels there are to this addiction, from ...more
Brittany
Jun 25, 2010 Brittany rated it liked it
Pornography is an unfortunate plaque in our modern day times. It is sad to see how it destroys relationships and breaks up families. I wanted to educate myself with this topic (since it seems to be a reoccurring topic in and outside of the church)

It was interesting to learn that pornography actually creates a chemical imbalance in the brain making it an very difficult addiction to overcome. Yet there is hope and this book shares recovery stories and how people were able to turn their lives arou
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Rachel Hale
Jun 10, 2012 Rachel Hale rated it really liked it
One star off for shoddy punctuation, but otherwise an informative book that talks about the neurological and spiritual effects of addiction, particularly pornography/sex addiction. I hope that we can continue to talk about this growing epidemic without fearing it. I agree with the book that there is this debilitating shame associated with pornography addiction and the unhealthy way we perceive it; someone could be addicted to alcohol and people can be fairly empathetic and responsive, but if ...more
David Anderson
Jun 03, 2014 David Anderson rated it it was amazing
Excellent resource for anyone struggling with pornography or anyone supporting someone struggling. Many great examples of others experiences. I appreciate the medical perspective coupled with gospel insight and real experiences of others. This is such a troubling problem in our society that goes too much under the radar. I hope more people will accept the reality of this issue. It touches almost everyone to some degree.

Highly recommended. This isn't going to be your favorite read of the month, b
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Karen
May 31, 2015 Karen rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read for anyone who wants to understand how pornography addiction, how it affects the brain, and how one recovers. The author does a very good job explaining the scientific side of pornography addiction. He is very thorough in his research, but does a pretty good job of explaining it to every day people. He also does a fantastic job of showing how one can overcome this addiction through the Savior's Atonement. I really enjoyed reading the personal stories throughout the book.
Dave
Apr 28, 2015 Dave rated it it was amazing
Important book in an under appreciated and under-resourced fight. Hilton's approach is not without flaw, but the perspective he brings to the discussion of pornography addiction from the perspective of neuroscience coupled with the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ is crucial in overturning myths about addiction and recovery propagated by both well-meaning ecclesiastical leaders and self-serving false prophets of the age of pleasure.

The appendices should not be overlooked.

A big step for
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Candy
Apr 19, 2010 Candy rated it it was amazing
a powerful and sobering book about the power of pornography. I cannot recommend this book strongly enough; I believe it is a must read for EVERYONE living in the Internet world of the 21st century. I have marked my copy and intend to encourage all the men in my family to read it. Pornography is the plague and epidemic of ours and future generations and we must arm ourselves with education. This is the book to do that. Order a copy of the book online through the author's foundation and all ...more
Laura Craner
Apr 30, 2011 Laura Craner rated it really liked it
Here's the thing about this book: the author is very passionate about his subject matter and he self-published this book. It could have used some finessing with an editor. That said, this book is chock full of scientific research, personal stories, psychological info--pretty much anything you wanted to know/understand about sex addiction in and LDS context is in this book. I'm sure there are a lot of folks out there who would benefit from the info provided in it. Heartfelt and testimony-driven, ...more
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Donald L. Hilton, Jr. author of "He Restoreth my Soul" has practiced medicine for fourteen years in San Antonio, Texas, specializing in neurological surgery. Dr. Hilton graduated from Lamar University with highest honors, and from medical school at the University of Texas Medical School at Galveston with honors, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor Society. He ...more
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“Pornography causes release of adrenaline from an area in the brain called the locus coeruleus, and this makes the heart race in those who view, or even anticipate, viewing pornography. The sexual pleasure of pornography may be partially caused by release of dopamine from the ventral tegmental area, and this stimulates the nucleus accumbens, one of the key pleasure centers of the brain. ” 6 likes
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