Unwanted: How Sexual Brokenness Reveals Our Way to Healing

by Jay Stringer

Paperback, 2018



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NavPress (2018), Edition: Illustrated, 288 pages


Unwanted. It describes how we feel about some of the things we do. We don't wake up in the morning looking forward to giving our evening over to pornography. We don't leave the house each day eagerly anticipating our next one-night stand. These are unwanted behaviors on our part, no matter how compulsively we pursue them. But 'unwanted' also can describe how we feel about ourselves-both as a consequence of our broken behavior and as a driver of it. If we have the courage to study our sexual brokenness-to look beyond the shame of it to its roots-we will find that there's a deeper brokenness there waiting to be healed, and a God there waiting to be our healer.


Original language


Physical description

288 p.; 8.1 inches


1631466720 / 9781631466724



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In the past, the response of the Catholic Church to any sort of sexual problem (online pornography, prostitutes, adultery, etc.) on the part of a parishioner has usually been some version of "Pray harder" or "Just say no." This book looks at the reasons behind such behavior.

God made us, including
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the sexual parts, so it is wrong for anyone to say that He is disgusted with anyone who goes down this path. The book explores several possible causes for this behavior. Among them are: parents who are overly rigid or totally disengaged; being emotionally abandoned by your parents; triangulation (a parent tells their marital or sexual problems to their child instead of to their spouse); along with emotional trauma and sexual abuse.

This book also explores how to get out of your sex addiction. It includes things like learning to love yourself, repairing your relationship when things go wrong, pursuing strength and vulnerability in your relationships, and discovering a purpose in your life through community.

You may think that your online porn "habit" is totally under control. If your spouse and your children don't agree with you, try listening to them and take a step back. Start by reading this book. It is very much worth the time.
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