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Addressed to men, 'Fidelity' hits hard, using clear language, focusing on specific sins with specific solutions: adultery, divorce, polygamy, celibacy, pornography, and more. But in the end, the antidote to all sexual temptation is simple - the godly honoring of the marriage bed.
Paperback, 168 pages
Published January 10th 2004 by Canon Press (first published December 6th 1999)
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Stevie
I liked that the author drew heavily on Scripture for his convictions. He is at times witty, and he is always sure of what he writes.

Poignant Quotes:
"To meditate on our position in Christ is one preventative measure, and to consider the fleeting nature of sexual immorality is another."

"Christian men are to be fully satisfied at home."

"Notice here that lusts are not just wrong, they are deceitful liars. The endless pleasure promised is not delivered, and the pain and heartache that follows was ne
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Steven Wedgeworth
A very important book on a subject that enough people are willing to address. It is done biblically and with dignity.
Corey
I liked how straight-forward Wilson is in this book. It certainly helps when you publish your own books and have more flexibility with your tone, etc.. The book is biblical, and my favorite chapter was the last one where he offers solutions. I also appreciated the Q&A at the very end. However, I didn't love the KJV for all the scripture quotes, esp. considering that each chapter had a quite a few. Slowed down my reading and added more work for me to interpret. I felt challenged at points and ...more
Gavin Breeden
I read this because of the OTHER big Doug Wilson internet controversy recently and I liked this one more. I'm thankful that there's a book out there for Christian men that *very* bluntly discusses all things sexual. (Although, I'm sure many would object that Wilson goes too far in his bluntness at times and they're probably right, but Christians do need to be talking about these issues.)

It's a Doug Wilson book, so there's a few weird things here. Again, his view of OT laws leads him to some stra
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Jake
Excellent book. It was helpful to me back when I was single and struggling with the temptations of lust and pornography. It was helpful to me now years later as a married man as I tried to discern how to handle situations like less-than-half-clad women at the local water park. Lots of practical, and yes, frank wisdom. Timely, too, in light of recent failings of leaders in the church. Being over-confident in this area is asking for judgment.

Will definitely read again over the years.
Seth Channell
Unique book looking at the specifics of what it means to be a one woman man. The book covers everything from lust to sodomy. I found many of the chapters helpful; chapter 13 ("Sexual Solutions") in particular. Great to read someone who offers more than superficial diagnosis and solutions.

Do not always agree with where Wilson lands, but always benefit from taking the trip with him. He has a way of thinking about things that stretches me.
Jacob Meiser
Written for men in non-ambiguous language, this book attempts to give a biblical analysis of common issues of infidelity. Wilson starts by explaining his rationale for speaking plainly, without quibbles over buzzwords, but i did not find this book needlessly provocative at all. It is only in the second last chapter that I felt he got near the line; others may think differently.

Though it is mainly geared toward married men, I found a lot of it to be very helpful for my future and present. The bi
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Joe
Dec 14, 2008 Joe rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pastors preparing to teach on masculine sexuality
Shelves: faith, restoryinglife
Initially, my greatest frustration with this book wasn't the content, after all, Wilson works extensively with the Scripture and does a solid job of placing it in context (although, meaning derived from the various Greek tenses seems to be slightly off), but it's the style in which it's written. While he frequently talks about speaking plainly, his language is somewhat archaic and has a feel of pompous piety which, makes for a less than smooth and often frustrating read.

That being said, by and l
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Chris Comis
Oct 29, 2009 Chris Comis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any husbands or dads.
Shelves: paterfamilias
Another butt-kickin' good time with Pastor Wilson.

I read this a while ago, but then just finished it again for a men's group we have at our church.

Wilson is great at applying all of Scripture to all of family life. This is definitely his strong suit. I always tell people that if they want an introduction to Covenant Theology by way of family life and practice, then they should begin by reading Wilson's stuff on the family. After reading it a second time through, I did notice some minor exegetica
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Per
Quite alright, but it is a bit too brief, and a couple of weird statements that I would like to ask Doug about.
Kevin
Really helpful. Doug Wilson always packs a punch.
Bruce Flanagan
Awesome every male christian must read
Joel Griffis
Decent. Typical Wilson.
Grant Little
Great book. It really is an eye opener to how men need to treat and be satisfied with their woman. Were all sinners and to have someone explain Gods commandments about marriage is always helpful. Douglas Wilson does a very good job at being blunt and pointing out specific scenarios that all men can relate too. Every boy and married man should read this for the sake of knowing what God wanted for His picture of marriage. A marriage like Christ and the church.
C. Hollis Crossman
Good. Poor. Green vomit.

Okay, I'll not stoop to Wilson's methods of review. Fidelity contains some good ideas, but this is supposed to be a book offering men a more biblical attitude toward sexual purity, marital fidelity, and related matters. Why the crass language? It's not in good taste, and it doesn't make the points any more viable. In fact, it earns them a measly one star.
Craig Houston
Fidelity is a very potent book, on a subject rarely dealt with the Biblical depth that Doug Wilson does. The author is more concerned with getting the point across than he is concerned about making points with those who are afraid to talk straight with men about subjects like marital intimacy, lust, pornography, adultery, and a a variety of other issues.
Elissa
A rather painful read, especially from a wife's point of view. But very clear headed, discerning and to the point. Everything is backed by a biblical perspective. Would recommend it for all young men and married couples. More married couples should work through this together -- but this book should be read on the husband's initiative, not the wife's.
Jordan Dorsett
essential for college men through grandfathers
Judson
This book is written for men who want to put sexual immorality to death. I really appreciate Douglas Wilson's writing style. He has a gift for describing Christ's teaching in a way that makes it sink in. He casually smashes idols with his pinky finger in about every third paragraph.
Jacob Aitken
It's okay. Urges men to holiness with regard to the area of lust. He warned that this book would be "hard core" and the language would be blunt. It wasn't. It was barely pushing the boundary of PG-13 while staying PG.

It's worth reading once, though.
Moses Operandi
I just read Doug Wilson's "family books" and they're all a blur. But I think this one was my favorite. Systematic, grounded, sensible, Biblical. Wilson's style and patriarchalism still grate a bit, but...what if that's me and not him?
Jeremy
So many good things are contained in this small book. It is grounded in Scripture and written clearly and directly, though sometimes painfully so. Highly recommended to younger guys...the sooner we digest these truths the better.
John Lowery
Very good indeed. Extremely thought provoking and challenging. I would suggest that men read it but that should only pass it on to their wives with discretion. DW can be a little direct for some!
John
Oct 15, 2010 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
I read this on Google Books. This is an excellent, and comprehensive book on all matters sexual. It is an excellent resource and should be on the bookshelf of all adult Christian men.
Josiah  Woltersdorf
This is a great book. This won't be much of a review, but I intend to read it again and again. Every young man as well as married man and father should read it.
Alexb
I believe this is a book every Christian man should read. Wilson is very blunt and to the point and devulges into the grey areas not afraid to take a side.
Nate Walker
Very good, especially helpful in "sexual solutions." Sometimes does not address more complex situations, for example in the divorce chapter.
Paul
Wise, short, heavy, raw at times. Hard talk about the things men should talk more often about. Saturated in a Scriptural foundation.
Christopher Waugh
Amazingly practical, this book speaks to those issues that every Christian faces and deals with them in a forthright and biblical way.
Nick
Excellent resource! Plain talk for Christian men on how to be the men God has called us to be. I will probably reread this soon.
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