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Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker with Mike Yorkey

Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time

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Every Man's Battle is a guidebook for men struggling with sexual temptation. It offers practical advice and biblical principles to help men overcome lust and honor their commitment to purity.

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    Christians should aim for sexual purity

    As a man, you can’t help but look. When an attractive woman jogs past, or your co-worker wears a low-cut top, of course you’re going to notice.

    Maybe you look at porn too, and try to justify it to yourself afterwards. Surely it’s not that bad. Or is it?

    Before we answer that question, let’s take a moment to acknowledge something. Yes, it’s normal for men to look at women – to seek sexual gratification from a visual source.

    We’re wired that way. The sight of nudity, or even just the hint of nudity, goes straight to the pleasure center in our brains. While women are stimulated by touch and relationships, men are visual creatures.

    So, it’s natural to eye up that attractive jogger. And it’s natural to get turned on by the sight of a woman in lingerie, whether or not she’s your wife. 

    But just because it’s natural, that doesn’t make it right. As Christians, we should be holding ourselves to a higher standard – God’s standard. 

    In other words, the goal is sexual purity.

    You may be wondering what that means in practical terms.

    Well, it means you should get your sexual gratification from your wife – and only your wife. No one else, and nothing else.

    So no, you can’t ogle other women, or masturbate, or look at porn and tell yourself it’s okay. When it comes to sexual purity, the Bible is clear. There are no exceptions, and there’s no middle ground. 

    In the New Testament, there are countless references to God’s standard of purity. According to Corinthians, the body isn’t meant for sexual immorality – it’s intended for Lord God and His work. And in Matthew, Jesus says that simply looking at a woman with desire is a form of adultery.

    These are just two of many examples. So, as you can see, there’s no ambiguity. God wants us to avoid any kind of sexual immorality, and be pure in our thoughts, words and actions.

    But even with the best intentions, it can be hard for Christians to stick to these standards. 

    We live in a sex-obsessed society. And we have access to a plethora of images and videos, 24 hours a day. With your smartphone in hand, how do you resist the urge to look?

    Well, it’s not easy. But with willpower and persistence, any man can win the battle.

    Let’s explore how you can improve your defenses for the battle you face every day.

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    What is Every Man's Battle about?

    Every Man’s Battle (2000) is aimed at Christian men who want to live a sexually pure life. It explains what that means and how to do it, giving practical tips for rising above temptation.

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    Every Man's Battle (2000) explores the struggle against sexual temptation and offers practical strategies for victory. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides honest and relatable accounts of men battling with lust, offering encouragement and practical advice for those facing similar challenges.
    • Built on biblical principles and personal experiences, it offers a clear path to sexual purity, showing men how to honor God and live with integrity.
    • The book's insightful analysis of the male psyche and the roots of sexual temptation make it a thought-provoking and engaging read.

    Who should read Every Man's Battle?

    • Married Christian men
    • Women who want insight into men’s thoughts and behavior
    • Anyone struggling with a porn addiction, or other sexual habits

    About the Author

    Stephen Arterburn is the founder of New Life Ministries, while Fred Stoeker is the founder of Living True Ministries. They are the co-authors of the best-selling Every Man series, written in collaboration with the writer Mike Yorkey.

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    Every Man's Battle FAQs 

    What is the main message of Every Man's Battle?

    Conquer sexual temptation and achieve purity through faith and accountability.

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    Every Man's Battle is a must-read. It offers practical strategies and hope for men facing sexual struggles.

    Who is the author of Every Man's Battle?

    Every Man's Battle is authored by Stephen Arterburn and Fred Stoeker with Mike Yorkey.

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