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Captured By A Better Vision: Living Porn Free

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Pornography is everywhere. Far too many Christians regularly use and are addicted to it, warping their perception of sexuality and relationships, destroying marriages and ministries. But Christians who struggle with porn also long for change. When we realize the unfulfilling emptiness of porn, we come to yearn for freedom from it. But what do we do? Tim Chester says that w ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 19th 2010 by Inter-Varsity Press
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Joseph McBee
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unflinching, thoroughly biblical, helpful, and challenging.
Chris Little
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The prevalence of pornography in our electronic age is an important matter for the whole of society, and even more so for Christians who know that sexuality is a wonderful gift from God that can be awfully twisted into ugliness.

Chester is not all about 'a technique' to stop porn in one's life. But he does not mock techniques, either, but places them in a better whole-of-life context. Use the skills (like accountability software, etc), but use them as tools in the bigger picture of li
J.S. Park
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tim Chester, in the vein of his previous work You Can Change, tackles the specific sin of sexual addiction and pornography. With a much clearer focus and a smoother writing style, Chester offers some practical wisdom wrapped up in very heavy doctrine. Where as Craig Gross offers more pragmatic methodology, Tim Chester thoroughly covers the necessary theology. This is like the flipside of the coin for breaking addiction.

Chester this time around relies less on platitudes (though still uses them) and get
Kimberly Hewlett Owen
Although this book is geared towards porn users, it is a great book for anyone seeking a closer relationship with Christ. Tim really hits a home run when he says, "Only Christians are free not to sin, because we have new controlling desires from God. But the old sinful desires and habits linger on, so the Christian life is a battle and the battlefield is our hearts. Change involves a lifetime of daily struggle. The battle is never over, so beware lest you fall."

"Change takes a lifetime, because
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Simply the best book written on the subject. Pastors, counselors and individuals will benefit from their reading. Chester suggests that our culture and the church has become "pornified," meaning that: "the aesthetics, values, and standards of pornography have seeped into mainstream popular culture" and the church. He then developed a comprehensive discussion of the issues of porn from a biblical perspective. His discussion centered on five key ingredients that need to be in place if you're going ...more
David Varney
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Really great book. Simple to read and takes a clear and thoughtful look at the problem of porn, which is huge-in our churches and the wider world also. It wrecks people-men, women, families, ministries, churches and so it's high time we get this sorted.

Tim Chester takes a gospel-centred view of porn and how to overcome it. Not just a self help, practical book (although practical measures are talked about) but aims to tackle the root of porn addiction, which varies from individual to individual.
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The best book I've read on a topic which needs to be more commonly discussed among Christians. Starts by applying the gospel to the heart issues that lead to porn use before getting to practical strategies. Quite frank and full on at times, not a book to read casually. I'm becoming more of a Tim Chester fan with every one of his books that I read.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe it is one of the best books out today dealing with lust and porn. Tim goes to the heart of the matter by pointing us to our deep need for Jesus Christ. We don't change by bouncing our eyes, we change by putting our eyes on Christ. Highly recommend this book!
Dylan Hutchens
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant book that is blunt and rough where necessary and well written to be graceful and not only condemn sin but provide practical advice to survive against temptation and rehabilitate a biblical understanding of intimacy in marriage and purity in singleness
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Far and away the most thorough, accessible, helpful and God-glorifying (oh, I'll just say it - the best) treatment on the subject that I've ever read and reflected upon. I can't recommend this book more highly for those who struggle with this problem and those who help them.
Susan McCullouch
Some of the content was too graphic for me. I know the problem of pornography is real, dark and widespread but some of the images he put in my head I can't forget. I didn't need examples. I had to put it down. I need tools to help people I love, not more graphic pictures I can't get out of my head.
Jesse Garner
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly well done, short look at porn and what it looks like to move beyond. Chester gets to the real issues underlying this external issue in powerful ways. Highly recommended.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Read Sep 2010; reread Jan 2015. Best book I've seen on this topic.
Mike Knox
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely the best, most helpful book on the subject. Wise, gospel-centered, practical, holistic, and powerful.
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Dr Tim Chester is involved in The Crowded House, a church planting initiative in Sheffield, UK. He was previously Research & Policy Director for Tearfund UK, and has been published widely on prayer, mission, social issues and theology. He is married to Helen and has two daughters.
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