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Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle

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“Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is knocking for God.” – G. K. Chesterton

What if lust for porn is really a search for true passion? 
In a world where there are 68 million searches for pornography every day and where over 70 percent of Christian men report viewing porn in the last year, it's no surprise  that more and more men struggle with an addiction to thi
Paperback, 205 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have been waiting for a book like this in a long time! As I have recovered from the snares of pornography and still battling from the weight of lust,I have longed for a book that would address the taproots of sexual struggle. Now my longing has been satisfied with this thought-provoking and life-changing book.

"Surfing for God" is hands down the best christian book I have read on sexual struggle to this point. I definitely concur with Michael Cusick and G.K. Chesterton who states that everyone
Pornography is a real problem. Consider these statistics:

25% of search engine requests are for pornography – 68 million per day.
70% of the hits on Internet sex sites occur between 9-5 on business computers.
Over 50 percent of evangelical pastors report they viewed pornography last year.
Over 70% of Christian men report viewing pornography in the last year.

And I would say, that as a whole Christians have responded rather poorly to what amounts to a sin epidemic in our culture.  So I am ha
Jan 22, 2016 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, I began reading this book again and could not stomach it. Although I do understand the author's heart and admire his realization of the brokenness of pornography versus the satisfaction of a relationship with Christ Jesus our Lord, I feel he went off into the deep end and this became almost the entirety of the book. The majority of the book focused on how we view pornography because our heart wants a meaningful relationship with Christ. All I can say is this, like with any other s ...more
William "Spig"
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This isn't a coffee table book but as I've looked back over my life and poor decisions I made before I started my walk with Jesus and the baggage that I brought in my marriage. I need this breath of grace. I didn't need a list of how to work harder. I've tried that. This book challenged me again to look at my life story and try to rewrite the ending.
Henk-Jan van der Klis
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rather than condeming fellow believers for their sexual struggles and covering his own, Michael John Cusick (1964) shares his own story in Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle. He goes all the way and offers hope. G.K. Chesterton is quoted as “Every time a man knocks on a brothel door, he is really searching for God.” Since
25% of search engine requests are for pornography – 68 million per day
70% of the hits on Internet sex sites occur between 9-5 on business com
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Surfing for God is about the hidden struggles men are facing almost on a daily basis. Men feel the need to hide and suppress their deepest needs and desires. Many men have a hard time displaying intimacy and showing non-sexual affection to a woman. Out of feeling alone, worthless, and insecure we turn to lusting after a woman and watching porn. Regularly as men we turn to masturbation to comfort us and to relief ourselves with an orgasm. But it only makes us feel better for a little while, and t ...more
Allizabeth Collins
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it

Watching the news recently I noticed how many stories revolved around extramarital affairs, addiction to pornography, and call girl solicitation, and most of the people involved were married. I was appalled thinking about the guilty party's significant other. Did they know? Were they shocked? Were they angry? What did they decide to do about it? Etc... To find out that someone you love is cheating, (physically or mentally), must be absolutely horrible, and I can only imagine the pain and
Dana Perkins
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"The pursuit of purity is not about the suppression of lust, but about the reorientation of one's life to a larger goal." Dietrich Bonhoeffer

These well chosen words appearing at the beginning of the book summarize both the content and the flow of this hope inspiring book meant to give freedom to those struggling with lust. Through the use of personal story, biblical story and stories of well-known writers, Michael Cusick presents a clear and compelling Gospel pathway to real freedom from bondage
Jon Stephens
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Surfing For God is a book written on the subject of sexual struggle from a Christian perspective. More specifically this book deals with issues of lust and pornography, the fallout that occurs when our hearts and minds are consumed with such things, and also how there is hope and that victory can be found.

The author Michael John Cusick is both an ordained minister and a licensed counsellor with a very powerful story of his own battle with sexual purity. He
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Surfing For God by Michael John Cusick is a must read for anyone struggling with the addiction of porn. He openly places his on struggles and victories on the table for the reading to see and experience. By sharing his life he addresses many root issues of pornography. In his book, he argues that in today's society, "When a man surfs the Internet for porn he is really surfing for God."

Michael deals with the empty promises, personal brokenness and shame in great detail.

Concerning the empty promi
Frank Olvera
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
In “Surfing For God: Discovering The Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle” (ISBN 9780849947230), Michael John Cusick (author) says that pornography is empty,

“Like all idols, porn promises us something we desire. In reality, it overpromises and underdelivers.”

making us feel like men (strong) without any effort (“responsibility and humility”).

“When talking with men about their struggles with porn, I often ask what seems like a random question. Where in your life do you typically feel the stronges
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
I'm conflicted on this contains some AWESOME insights but there's really 2 major flaws:

First, and primarily, it focuses so heavy on porn and porn addiction, it overlooks the fact that the 'solutions' or insights only apply to folks who fall within a really narrow category. This fact will cause anyone without this particular issue to dismiss and never read the book. This is really unfortunate because there's some really helpful insights that apply to all men everywhere (and probably som
Keith Bryan
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. Its insight and investigation of the male heart is truly beautiful. The personal background of the author and others helps you better understand the addiction associated with pornography, lust, and adultery. In fact, the best part of the book is the Biblical association the author makes between the addiction and the true desire of a heart straying from God. This is reinforced with the personal stories of other similarly addicted men who held deep rooted false identities an ...more
Ben Laur
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is very...spiritual. As the subtitle suggests, it's main thesis is that behind sexual struggle is a deeper, legitimate spiritual longing. Seems very plausible to me, but I felt it sometimes bordered on saying something like, "If you haven't eaten and find yourself in a state of physical hunger, just know it's not food your body is truly craving, but rather you are dealing with a deeper, spiritual hunger." Hmm....
In addition to this, the book often resorted to explaining sexual addictio
Stacie Wyatt
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I reviewed Surfing for God by Michael John Cusick for

The book gave me trouble at first. I don't have a kindle--I have kindle for pc and cloud reader for chrome. My kindle for pc kept freezing up as I tried to read this book. I heard about the book before and was glad to see it up for review.

I struggled with sexuality and pornography in the past. As of now, I been celibate for almost 2 years and have not viewed porn in over a year. I started deactivating my porn sites, last year (
Jonathan Brooker
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
For any man who is struggling with sexual temptation (not sure which ones aren't) or for anyone who counsels or pastors men, I would recommend this book be a primary resource!

What I think made it so great, and particularly greater than other takes on this particular issue, is that it dealt so much more with the heart and the issues behind the issues. The title itself comes from a reexamination of a famous line about how the man searching in the brothels is actually searching for God. So Cusick
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Cusick gives an honest look at the pull of sexual sin and the habitual way people try to overcome it.

This guy has gone through the mill. He's been there and suffered through his addiction in the deepest forms possible.

This book is his way of explaining how all the "solutions" people try to come up with can never actually do any good. Cusick claims that when men lust for porn, they are actually starving for a passion that only God can give. It may sound bizarre but from his experience, Cusick hel
Crystal Lewis
Was worth it

I read this book out of curiosity and what I loved most was the authors care and consistency he makes you view pornography in a different light and bring you into full awareness of what is really going on from the start of pornography to the end of its hold upon someone's life. The book is written for men however anyone looking be free, stay away from pornography or knows someone deal with pornography this book is also for you. The author doesn't make excuses he shows the bad and the
Amy Young
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a book that should be read by everyone! Alright, not children ;). But it is not a book about sex addiction ... it is about anything that can be used to mask pain, disappointment, betrayal, those kind of things. He has the best section on accountability partners and why I don't like them (in the traditional sense). He talks about three kinds of accountability: cop (most common: gospel of sin management), coach (gospel of inspiration), and cardiologist (we need to be asked not just about o ...more
May 07, 2016 added it
Last year when I lead an Into the Light (Navigator study on sexual health and wholeness) study, many of our girls referenced this book. Not sure how they first head about it. The first half felt pretty familiar to me, I have read and heard quite a few talks on this topic but most of those are through ministry training so I think for many girls it was the first time they heard it and it opened up an understanding. The chapter on silence and solitude I thought was great and applicable to all follo ...more
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Surfing for God is well-written, well-researched, and is the product of Michael's own personal journey into wholeness.

Although it's primary target audience is men who are addressing issues of sexual struggle, I found it applicable to all who are searching to live in God's grace as we face our own deep brokenness. While so many books on sexual struggles focus on techniques for dealing with the symptoms of sexual addiction, this book takes us to the heart of our brokenness and i
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sexual-visions
What you think about is ultimately what you become. ~ Michael John Cusick (Surfing for God, page 135)

What man does not have sexual struggles? This book gives some solid tools for equipping a man to overcome temptation in the sexual arena. Our enemy the devil knows he can use this area of our lives to make us feel shameful and not worthy of God's love. The devil also uses our sexual struggles to hinder us from reaching our full potential because we think we are not good enough.

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Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
The prayer of confession and circumcision of the heart in this book is powerful. This book hits dead on the struggle, and the ability to overcome these intense desires of the flesh, through Christ our Lord. He does love us and has forgiven us. We need to walk in the ways of Jesus and remember the word of God is what we turn to for our spiritual battles we face. He is faithful and it's always on his time.
David Zailer
Dec 20, 2012 rated it liked it
SURFING FOR GOD unwinds the complexity of human struggle for intimacy and how any of us can be hijacked by temptations and shortcuts that attach themselves to us like emotional and relational leeches. Thank you Michael John Cusick for this important book. It will help many!

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Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christianity
This was interesting to read as a female.
It gave me insight into struggles that males in my life are having.
That being said, this book had times where it was sexist. Anyone outside the gender binary would struggle to relate to it.
I'm glad I read it, but it isn't a book I would be able to use in a professional setting.
Harold L. Dame III
Highly Recommended if you struggle or know someone who does

I have read many books on the issue of porn and sex. This book is the best of those books. This taught me things I never realized about myself and set me free from the chains that had bound me. If you only get one book this is it
Joshua Centanni
Jul 01, 2013 rated it liked it
The author covers a lot of ground and thus doesn't go in depth on any one particular part - however, I thought it was a fairly helpful book. Probably wouldn't cross and dot all of his theological ts and is.
Gregory Rothbard
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
An important book, a book that is a keeper. I will be keeping this book as a resource in my continual battle against the ill designed things. I am thankful for this book and would recommend it to other men struggling with addictions; especially addictions of pornographic-natures.
Randi Harper
Dec 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Everyone should read this book! If you don't have to deal with this in your immediate family, you most likely have somebody in your life that is dealing with it (friend, cousin, brother, neighbor, etc...). Males and females should BOTH read this book! Powerful!
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian
The most holistic book on sexual purity I've read. So many other books isolate it as its own issue, but this book leverages off of G.K. Chesterton's quote to illustrate that often impure sexual practices are symptoms of a deeper metaphysical dysfunction.
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