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New book offers hope for Christian men who struggle with sexual temptation and pornography addiction

Stacey Sapp | Feb 1st

[Nashville, Tenn., February 1, 2021—] According to a survey by Lifeway Research of 1,000 American Protestant pastors, 69 percent agreed that pornography has adversely affected the lives of church members. 

In an age of unprecedented access to sexual temptation, Christian families, churches and society are being devastated by a pornography epidemic. Pastor and author Joe Rigney’s new book, “More than a Battle” (B&H Publishing, February 2021), offers Christian men hope for successfully fleeing sexual immorality and living faithfully.

Drawing on the Scriptures, his personal experience, and his pastoral counseling as a minister to children and families, Rigney frames the struggle with lust as a fierce battle, an enslaving addiction, and a deep brokenness beneath the banner of Galatians 5:16: “Walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Rigney shows us that through the gospel it is the Holy Spirit that gives us victory, sets us free, and heals our wounds.

“This book is for readers who sincerely want to be delivered from the chains of pornography and sexual sin—or want to help those who are bound by those chains,” Rigney said. “I’ve used the strategies outlined here in my ministry for 15 years, so I believe they can help readers overcome sexual temptation and live a life of integrity and holiness.”

“More than a Battle” is designed for two different groups: men who are presently struggling with lust and pornography and men who want to help them. Many books on the fight with sexual sin are targeted at the first group. Rigney’s book was born out of a philosophy of ministry that seeks to equip the saints for the work of ministry. In it, he offers practical strategies grounded in God’s word for fighting sexual sin and growing in wisdom and godliness. 

Rigney empathizes with readers while pointing them to the victory that is possible through Christ—one he has experienced himself. He has authored six books and is a frequent writer for The Gospel Coalition and Desiring God. 

For more information, visit morethanabattle.com.

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Joe Rigney (PhD, University of Chester) is president-elect and assistant professor of theology and literature at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is also a pastor at Cities Church and the author of “Live Like a Narnian,” “The Things of Earth,” “Lewis on the Christian Life” and “Strangely Bright: Can We Love God and Enjoy This World? He lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three sons.

B&H Publishing Group, an imprint of Lifeway Christian Resources, is a team of mission minded people with a passion for taking God’s Word to the world. Because we believe Every Word Matters® we seek to provide intentional, Bible-centered content that positively impacts the hearts and minds of people, inspiring them to build a lifelong relationship with Jesus Christ. Among our print and digital releases for the trade, church, and academic markets, titles includeThe New York Times” No. 1 bestsellers “The Love Dare” and “The Vow,” No. 1 CBA bestseller “I Am a Church Member,” as well as the newly-revised Christian Standard Bible (CSB) version.