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Reviewed by Robert Rose for Readers' Favorite
Shelley Hitz and S'ambrosia Curtis have written "A Christian Woman's Guide to Breaking Free from Pornography: It's Not Just a Guy's Problem" discusses the problems of pornography focusing on its negative effects on women’s (not just men’s) uses of it. Shelley is very honest about her inability to control what she felt was sinning with her early obsession with pornography that led to compulsive masturbation. She offers a number of examples of other women who “suffered” the same sins and how religious belief helped them defeat the alleged evil within. The book begins with a clear statement of her objectives and gives numerous examples of those whose pornography use and masturbation were causing them guilt and shame. It offers believing in Jesus and God’s grace as the answer and shows how it turned the victims' lives around. From the standpoint of a book that deals with specific problems and then gives a specific method to solve them, this book does what it sets out to do beautifully.
From the point of view of a teacher, psychologist, and parent I understand why Shelley (and the other “victims” she spotlights) suffered from so much guilt and shame. Each person is unique and needs to learn how her body works and then find ways to express her needs in the contexts she lives in. I believe there are no simple answers, just various choices that lead to different advantages and disadvantages.
Shelley Hitz's book is an excellent gift for any Christian woman or young girl who is struggling with fear, guilt, and shame because of her thoughts, feelings, or actions relating to pornography and masturbation. Using her own struggles and those of others she describes, they have found their answers in their relation to Jesus and God. Well-organized and well-written.