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4.35  ·  Rating details ·  105 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
A pastor's addiction to pornography jeopardizes both his marriage and his relationship with God, in this bold and compelling novel.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published February 1st 2009 by Urban Christian
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Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I was interested in reading this book because it deals with a really edgy subject matter that most authors are scared to talk about, but is actually a huge epidemic in our culture and our church. Pornography is a scary subject because it rips marriages apart but is hidden in shame and guilt. Consequently most people that are addicted to pornography never deal with their addiction and are never able to walk in freedom. Wanda Campbell approaches this subject with honesty and frankness as we meet B ...more
Andrea Horton
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book about love, forgiveness, and redemption as Pastor Bryce Hightower struggles to deal with his addiction to pornography, all while being a husband and pastor a church.
I love an honest story told with passion and conviction. Illusions has that. I also love a story with rich dialog and believeable characters. Illusions has that as well. The characters literally jump from the page. I felt like I knew them all by book's end. The storyline was very compelling, but I did get a bit lost a third of the way through the story due to a lot of head hopping. In some scenes you knew what everyone was thinking. I find that hard to follow. Plus, sometimes the characters' inn ...more
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow! So often preachers are put on a pedestal which allows them to sweep their sins under the rug while they ineffectively deal with those sons of the church members. I love how the pastor himself was ministered to and allowed himself to be ministered to so that he could be healed and get deliverance . . . and in turn, he was able to lead others to healing! After all, how can a pastor effectively lead if he is sick himself!

Finally, Christian Fiction that is correctly categorized into the Christi
Desiree Watson
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Pastor Bryce Hightower has been keeping a secret from his wife Denise for a very long time. She happens upon it one day when she decides to meet him at his office for a picnic lunch. She is devastated, and eventually decides to leave. But God he a way of working things out. Benny is Bryce and Denise's next door neighbor and a gift from God, although they don't know it yet. They will go through trials and tribulations, and an act of betrayal by Denise's best friend that she would never have thoug ...more
Rhapsody Phoenix
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very enlightening and refreshing read. It dealt very realistically with truth, accountability for one's actions, living with integrity and honouring oneself and those we love in intimate relationships, family, friendships and the importance of self-love, God and worship.

Its not preachy preachy hell and damnation, it’s woven nicely and comes across real and can easily be applied to real life dilemmas of human frailty in life and in the church. Campbell really humanizes her characters.
Paula Allen
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
With ILLUSIONS, Wanda B. Campbell boldly addresses the issue of pornography and sexual addiction in the church. Sexual sins are often swept under the rug and rarely discussed in the confines of the church. However, Campbell brings it front and center with the experiences of Pastor Bryce Hightower. She also shares another deeply inspiring subplot that deals with healing from the hurt Bryce experienced from the lack of his father’s affections. The overall theme of the book is there is nothing that ...more
She writes beautifully and was very interesting in the earlier chapters, I was slightly bored after the middle until ending chapter. I'm glad there was a restored marriage overall Denise's feelings about Bryce pornography-masturbating scenes that he experienced since a teen. I didn't know that women could take it that far as adultery, since he was lusting after other women in the magazines. On some parts, I felt Denise went too far, but then as believers we do have to abstain from lustful eyes a ...more
Deirdre Davis
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wanda Campbell has taken snatched the covers off the effects of pornography thru Bryce and Denise. This was eye-opening and entertaining. I recommend any and all books by Ms. Campbell a gifted story-teller.
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I commend Ms. Campbell on an excellent book. This book is a serious topic that is prevalent in many churches today. This is a topic that many people don't want to talk about. I encourage everyone to read this book. Good job. Ms. Campbell
Tracy Nutall
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Very Real Glimpse of the Struggle

Through this fictional story, Ms. Campbell has been able to successfully capture the painful cycle of guilt and shame associated with sexual addiction. The impacts the the "father/son" relationships was also well-done!
Sophie Sealy
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. Different.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
It started off really good and just kinda went downhill for me. I skimmed through the last 100 pages.
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pretty good read, really liked the counsel given by the confidant character in this book. I would recommend this book to others who enjoy inspirational fiction.
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
A really good book as it touches a subject most Christians are afraid to talk about. A really great read.
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! A great book for Christians that may be struggling with an addiction. :)
Deneisha Adams
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved It!

I absolutely loved this book. Genuine characters and a great storyline, but most importantly very inspiration. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Deborah Arrington
Loved it!!!!!

What a fantastic story of how wonderful God is!! How an addiction can ruin more lives by not accepting there is a problem Great Read Ms Campbell

Linda Howard
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Good Book!

I love this book! I would recommend it to anyone struggling with any type of addiction! God is Good and prayer is the key
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good Christian fiction. Very interesting story line and just a good book.. If you are looking for a good Christian fiction writer, I think we have found another one..
BeTesia R. Butler
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a story!

Short and sweet read for the spiritual, Christian reader. Nicely written and relatable. Ms. Campbell put a beautiful touch on this one!
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Wanda B. Campbell is an extraordinary and talented writer who brings creativity, a new sense of hope, and restoration through the healing power of God to the Kingdom, by way of Christian fiction. She uses real life everyday issues to exhort, motivate, and give comfort.

Wanda B. Campbell believes there is nothing too hard for God and through His love and power, He can heal you in EVERY area you hurt
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