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Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  177 ratings  ·  18 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, 151 pages
Published October 4th 2010 by IVP Books (first published March 19th 2010)
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Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, counseling
Really, really good. Very astute. Very theologically sound. Very practical.

Would have loved to see him dive in a little bit into the scientific side of both the struggles and the solutions, in terms of understanding how the brain works, retraining reward centers, etc. But overall, the biggest and most important factors are addressed.

The most encouraging and helpful part of this for me was the reminders of the greater joy and satisfaction that is found in intimacy with Christ. There is nothing a
Chris Little
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 life with Chri
Tyler Brown
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been looking for a resource to use to work through with young men that are struggling with porn use. I think this is the resource I have been looking for! It is short: 146 pages. Chester does a great job showing us the five tools that are needed to win the battle with porn. 1) Abhorrence of porn; 2) Adoration of God; 3) Assurance of grace; 4) Avoidance of temptation; and 5) Accountability to others. He shows us how most of us try to find a single "silver bullet" instead of using all 5 of th ...more
Peter Yock
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still my go-to book for dealing with this (awful) issue. I’ve read and discussed it with a LOT of guys in the last decade. Gospel-centred and highly practical. My only complaint is it needs an update due to tech changes since written.
Joseph McBee
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unflinching, thoroughly biblical, helpful, and challenging.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brief but full resource; great for those who are shepherding others or married to someone struggling in this arena too. Chester pairs the philosophical/theological with the right amount of practical wisdom and admonishment. The thoughts here sparked good conversations with the men I’ve been counseling. Read it with others, be intentional about reflecting and discussing, and you will likely find great encouragement, wisdom, and growth in doing so.

As an aside, I’ve found much of the book person
J.S. Park
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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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)
Kimberly Hewlett Owen
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-life
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. ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Dylan Hutchens
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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. ...more
Susan McCullouch
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: did-not-finish
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. ...more
Jesse Garner
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pastoral
Read Sep 2010; reread Jan 2015. Best book I've seen on this topic. ...more
Mike Knox
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, sex, theology
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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