Breaking Free: Understanding Sexual Addiction and the Healing Power of Jesus, By Russell Willingham alt

Breaking Free

Understanding Sexual Addiction and the Healing Power of Jesus

by Russell Willingham

Breaking Free
  • Length: 213 pages
  • Published: August 28, 2010
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 6813
  • ISBN: 9780830868131

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Our world is awash in sex. We are bombarded with it everywhere we turn--TV, newspapers and magazines, music, movies and the Internet. When this ever-present temptation mixes with human weaknesses and unmet needs, many get pulled into addiction to sexually sinful behavior. They may detest their own habits, but they can't seem to break free. Is there any hope?

Russell Willingham speaks from his own experience and that of the many he has counseled. His answer? "Yes! There is hope. Jesus offers forgiveness and healing."

True stories show how the principles in this book can be put into action. The essentials are spelled out in practical steps that can help people begin to break free. Willingham deals with such issues as

  • what all addicts have in common
  • the hunt of the malnourished heart
  • where to find the courage to face the dark side
  • wrestling with shame and grace
  • the healing effect of radical honesty

This realistic yet hopeful book offers a new way to see the world for every person who wants to understand and break free from sexual addiction.




Introduction: Lonely to the Core

1. What We Are Dealing With
"How Do I Know If I'm Addicted?"

2. The Dynamics of Sexual Addiction
What All Addicts Have in Common

3. Where We Start
Essential One: Aligning Ourselves with God

4. Enlisting the Help of Others
Essential Two: The Power of Genuine Friendship

5. Understanding the Mold
Essential Three: Exploring Family Issues

6. The Myth of No-Fault Victimization
Essential Four: Taking Ownership of Our Choices

7. The Divine Caricature
Essential Five: "Will the Real God Please Stand Up?"

8. Reclaiming the Grand Vision
Essential Six: The Biblical Basis of Our Identity

9. The Courage to Be Broken
Essential Seven: Admitting Our True State

10. The Unexpected Response
Essential Eight: Wrestling with Grace

11. The Frightening Agenda
Essential Nine: Facing Our Dark Side

12. The Hunt of the Malnourished Heart
Essential Ten: Dealing with the Lonely Abuser Within

13. Where Life Death Intersect
Essential Eleven: Bringing God into the Area of Need

14. Boasting in Our Weakness
Essential Twelve: Radical Honesty Its Evangelizing Effect

Postscript: Working Together

Appendix A: What Is a Wife to Do?
Help for Spouses of the Sexually Broken

Appendix B: The Twelve Essentials

Appendix C: Further Reading

Appendix D: Resources for Additional Help



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Russell Willingham

Russell Willingham is executive director of New Creation Ministries, based in Fresno, California. He counsels, leads groups and speaks nationwide on issues related to sexual addiction. He has presented workshops at several annual conferences of Exodus International, at the American Association of Christian Counselors World Conference (2001) and at the AACC Superconference on Sexuality (2002). He is also a participant in AACC's video curriculum on healthy sexuality. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God International Fellowship and works under the supervision of Dr. Jonathan Olford, Ph.D. of the Link Care Counseling Center in Fresno, California.