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Workbooks—workbooks focused specifically on recovery for men
Psychological Books—books for men that take a mostly psychological approach to recovery
Relational Books—books for men that take a mostly relational and spiritual approach to recovery
Personal Stories—stories from men who have faced sexual brokenness and who found healing
Sexuality—books on the topic of sexuality and sexual purity, but not about addiction
Related Books—books not written about sexual recovery for men, but with a huge amount of overlap in content.

Workbooks


First Steps First Steps: A Mentored Guide
by Pure Life Alliance

This is a brand new book written by Pure Life Alliance leaders. It is intended to provide a man newly on his purity journey and his mentor an environment to explore important concepts he needs to address.

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Faithful & True Faithful & True: Workbook
by Mark Laaser

This is Dr. Laaser's original workbook which has been used for years by support groups in which the members study and work on the material together.

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A LIFE Guide for MenThe L.I.F.E. Guide for Men
by Mark Laaser

This workbook is intended for support groups to use to find healing, fellowship, and accountability with each other. The workbook contains a chapter on Dr. Laaser's newest teaching on accountability based on the book of Nehemiah.

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Seven Pillars of Freedom The Seven Pillars of Freedom
by Dr. Ted Roberts, Harry Flanagan, Diane Roberts

Workbook for use with the book Pure Desire. For use in men's support groups for sexual addiciton. Incorporates the latest information from neuroscience on "renewing the mind."

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FreedomBeginsHere.org The Personal Toolkit
by Freedom Begins Here

30 Devotional Journal/workbook with DVD training including testimony by Gary Smalley and Clay and Renee Cross. Teaching by Dr. Mark Laaser, Deb Laaser and Dr. Gary Smalley.

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Psychological Books


Clean
Clean
by Doug Weiss

In Clean Dr. Douglas Weiss offers a proven path to purity and gives men the tried and true tools they need to find freedom for a lifetime. He also offers a unique theological perspective on the true nature of the battle. The enemy of our souls uses sexual addiction as a distraction to keep believers from pursuing their God-given purpose. However, as Dr. Weiss pulls back the curtain on this charade, men will discover the power of God's love to restore their souls and reclaim their lives.

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Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction
Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction
by Mark Laaser

Probably the most thorough Christian book on the causes of and recovery from sexual addiction. For the recovering addict or anyone working with sexual addiction, this book is a must read.

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Steering Clear
Steering Clear
by Earl Wilson

Detailed disection of the issues and mental errors that lead to sexual addiction and moral failure. A hard look at oneself and what it takes to turn life around to one of sexual purity.


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The Final Freedom
The Final Freedom
by Doug Weiss

Sex addiction affects millions of people's lives today, and is on the rise with the internet. This solution focused book offers an intelligent understanding of sexual addiction as well as practical remedies.

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Sex, Men and God
Sex, Men and God
by Doug Weiss

This book is not specifically about sexual addiction, although parts of that are discussed. The book looks at sexual conditioning, sexual brokenness, and specific tools to rebuilding intimacy not discussed in other books here.

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In the Shadow of the Net
In the Shadow of the Net
by Patrick Carnes



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Wired for IntimacyWired for Intimacy by William M. Struthers

How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain. This book goes into detail about how pornography and fantasy affect the male brain and become addictive. A look at this addiction through a very different lense.

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When Good Men are Tempted
When Good Men are Tempted

by Bill Perkins



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Out of the Shadows
Out of the Shadows


by Patrick Carnes

Understanding Sexual Addiction. Dr. Carnes was a poineer in studying and treating sexual addiction. This is his first book on the subject. This is not a Christian book but was included as it was the basis that many other books here were founded on. This book contains several graphic descriptions some may want to avoid.

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Relational Books


10Lies Men Believe About Porn
10 Lies Men Believe About Porn
by Stephen Kuhn

Best used during the first year of recovery. An inspection of the false assumptions men often have that lead to trying harder but not succeeding and how to replace this with a relational approach to healing. Presented through a Biblical lens.

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Open
Open
by Craig Gross

Despite high-minded ideals, temptation always seems to loom around the corner, threatening to derail us into a desperate world of secret behavior and covered-up indiscretions. Why do people make poor decisions that lead to life-shattering results? Gross says it's a lack of accountability. Revealing specific reasons why it's missing, what's required to get it back, and the ins and outs of incorporating it into your life, he offers sound counsel to overcome addiction and escape the trap of unhealthy influences.

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Grace Based Recovery
Grace-Based Recovery
by Jonathan Daugherty

One of the most exciting and original books we've seen in a long time. What Grace-Based recoery is, what it is not, and principles to help deepen recovery.

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False Intimacy
False Intimacy
by Harry Schaumburg

A very different look at recovery from the standpoint of relationships between spouses and between each of us and God. Not a "just try harder" book. Particularly good for men starting their second or third year of recovery.

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Illusions of Intimacy
Illusions of Intimacy
by Signa & Conlee Bodishbaugh

Practical, Godly advice in which freedom from bondage to pornography and lust can be found. Includes testimonies of men and women who have excaped the trap of compulsive addictions to live healthy, productive, fruitful lives.

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Becoming a Man of Valor
Becoming a Man of Valor
by Dr. Mark Laaser

Integrity and honor are elusive in a world that has lost its moral compass, yet every man should strive to possess those qualities. "Becoming a Man of Valor" will take you on a journey to engage this wisdom from the life of Jesus.

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Taking Every Thought Captive
Taking Every Thought Captive
by Dr. Mark Laaser

Lust, greed, pride, arrogance...Where does it all come from? We are facing the same kind of moral decline that was the ruin of countless cultures before us. In a world full of immorality, how do we take the first steps toward change? Every temptation begins with a thought. There has never been a more difficult time to resist temptations of all kinds. Taking your thoughts captive is essential in today's world; the mind can be either evil, according to the ways of the world, or good, as it is transformed into God's will.

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Winning the Battle Within
Winning the Battle Within
by Neil T. Anderson

One of the more excellent books on looking into the heart of what leaves so many trapped in compulsive sexual sin and what God's role is in helping them become released from it.

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Pure Desire
Pure Desire
by Ted Roberts

Sharing his personal story of struggle and victory, Roberts tackles the difficult issues of sexual addiction and pornography. This book does touch on psychological issues but focuses primarily on the spritual aspects of sexual addiction and recovery.

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Undefiled
Undefiled
by Harry Schaumburg

Amid the chaos of cybersex, impersonal sex, adultery, homosexuality, and sexual dissatisfaction in marriage, Undefiled calls readers toward a new kind of spiritual and sexual revolution. Sexual impurity creates a vicious circle, one that springs from misconceptions about Christ and further taints our understanding of Him. Yet another circle is available to men and women trapped in sexual sin, a circle of sexual redemption.

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The Game Plan
The Game Plan
by Joe Dallas

You need a powerful strategy to get free and stay free from sexual sin. The Game Plan was designed specifically for men by well-known Christian counselor and speaker Joe Dallas. Based on his own hard-earned lessons and sound biblical principles, Dallas's proven five-point strategy will help you overcome sexual snares.

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At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry
At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry
by Steve Gallagher

Workbook for group use sold separately. Gallagher exposes the inner workings of sexual sin in the heart, which the author understands, having lived in the bondage of it himself for over twelve years. What is presented in this book is firmly rooted in Scripture and always points the man to Jesus Christ as the ultimate answer to his problem.

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Personal Stories


by Jonathan Daugherty

A true story of addiction, infidelity and second chances. Jonathan reveals: the nature and danger of secrets, the consequences of emotional detachment, insights for dealing with addiction, death, brokenness and healing, and the secret to living a life of peace and joy.

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by David Zailer

A Journey to Sexual Integrity. David does an excellent job of going beyond "stopping negative behaviors" and speaks very clearly about recovery being a change at the heart level. This book is written from a 12-step perspective but key concepts used in psychologically-based groups are also present making this a book any group could benefit from. This book is especially good for newer Christians and people struggling with multiple addictions.

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by Clay Crosse, Renee Crosse, & Mark Tabb

Clay Crosse tells his story about how pornography use threatened his marriage and career. Renee shares in vulnerable honesty how she came to see what she needed to confront in her own life as her husband sought freedom from his sin. A practical and realistic look at what is required to break free from bondage.

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by Michael Leahy

Conquering America's #1 Addiction. Bringing his firsthand experience to bear, Leahy candidly examines our nation's greatest addiction. Learn how he conquered his own 30-year habit; how this disturbing trend alters our perceptions---and what we can do about it. Discussion Guide for group use sold sepparately.

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Sexuality


Crazy Good Sex
Crazy Good Sex
by Dr. Les Parrott

This book uses Biblical references and human study to debunk myths about sexuality that prevent optimal intimacy between husband and wife.


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The Purity Principle
The Purity Principle
by Randy Alcorn

While this book does not address sexual addiction, it has several points about the general pursuit of sexual purity that are relevant.


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Sex is Not the Problem
Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is)
by Joshua Harris

Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World. Previously printed as Not Even a Hint.

Only Jesus can free us from the hopeless treadmill of guilt and shame that so many well-intentioned people end up on. While this book is not written specifically about sexual addiction and focuses significantly on adult singles, it has many relevant topics worthy of group study. One of the few books that speaks clearly on the issue of masturbation. Workbook for group work sold sepparately.


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Pure Eyes
by Craig Gross & Steven Luff

In this straightforward book, Craig Gross and Steven Luff help men understand and embrace the true purpose and role of sex in their lives. Whether single or married, all men must cope with sexual temptation--sometimes on a daily basis. This honest treatment of an uncomfortable issue will free men to experience forgiveness and renewal.

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Related Books


The Cure
The Cure
by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, Bill Thrall

This book takes a challenging, thought provoking, fresh approach to a very simple truth: God loves you. No matter what. The Cure reminds us that without the foundation of Gods love and more specifically the Gospel, our effort to beat sin falls short.

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The Search for Significance
The Search for Significance
by Robert McGee

Overcoming the fears and doubts that drive our sin. Discusses four false beliefs that, while the book does not say this, are key issues in the formation of sexual addiction. Contains exercises to help readers evaluate where they are at as well as helping us to move beyond our false belief systems.

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Bo's Cafe
Bo's Cafe
by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, & John Lynch

A fictional story demonstrating how we can assist each other in finding our way out of the messes we create in our own lives. A great illustration of how Christ-focused community (or support groups) can work effectively. Also had great analogies for recovery.

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Bo's Cafe
The Other Side of Black Rock
by John W Fort

A Christian fantasy novel set in a medieval world where a boy grows into a man feeling inadequate and misunderstood all while trying to determine who to trust with his feelings. He is torn between religious teaching, which don't always appear to be true, and a secret relationship that is forbidden but the only one that appears to value him. The story is an analogy of sexual or pornography addiction in the larger system of society.

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Addiction and Grace
Addiction & Grace
by Gerald May

Love and Spirituality in the Healing of Addiction. This book does not exclusively speak to sexual issues but does address sexual and intimacy addiction. This has been a key book in helping men and women who struggle with sexual purity find peace with God.

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7 Principles of Highly Accountable Men
7 Principles of Highly Accountable Men
by Dr. Mark Laaser

It's hard to admit fault, defeat, or weakness, but the reality is we need each other. People are broken. People have shame and shame is the root of sexual addiction. Dr. Laaser uses Scripture and traditional twelve-step programs to encourage personal change. These principles can be applicable to both men and women seeking accountability in their lives.

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Wild at Heart
Wild at Heart
by John Eldredge

While this book does not appear on the surface to have anything to do with sexual addiction, it focuses on the relational brokenness that is the very root of sexual addiction. Workbook for group use sold sepparately.

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Tired of Trying to Measure Up
Tired of Trying to Measure Up
by Jeff VanVonderen

Getting Free from the Demands, Expectations, and Intimidation of Well-Meaning Christians. For Christians who live under a deeply ingrained code of expectations and rules that shame them and drain them of spiritual strength. By uncovering these wounds that often are a driving force behind issues like sexual addiction, a healing process begins that will bring us closer to discovering the abundant life that God has promised.

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Hope for Victims
The Wounded Heart
by Dan Allender

Hope for Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse. Almost everybody knows a victim of childhood sexual abuse---perhaps the most soul-deadening trauma there is. In this Christ-centered resource, Allender assures adult survivors that there is a way out of the rage, fear, and confusion - and offers their spouses, families, friends, and counselors specific ways to help the healing process.

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