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Wired for Intimacy by William M. Struthers
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Aug 24, 2010

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bookshelves: family-and-marriage, theology, church-and-culture
Read from August 24 to September 25, 2010

This was a decent book on pornography. Its chief contribution to the glut of recent books on the subject is Struthers' examination of what happens scientifically to the male brain when viewing porn. His argument is long and involved, but in essentials proclaims that God designed the male brain to connect to a woman in the sexual act and that in viewing porn men are bonding to something which God did not intend. Further, the more the connection, the easier it is to go back to porn, the lower the resistance, and the more likely it is that a man will seek the perception of intimacy with a video or set of pictures rather than with the flesh-and-blood woman God has given him. The last three chapters then set about to paint us a way forward with regard to what God intends for men and how healing in this area can begin. Some helpful stuff for counseling men with this problem.
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