Book Review: Redeemed Like David: How to Overcome Sexual Temptation
By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder and Editor Faithinspires.Org
Sitting down with Mark Ballenger’s book is like sitting down with a caring mentor. The sort that desperately wants to see you succeed, but at the same time isn’t willing to bend the rules to see you get there. Two themes run through this book, Ballenger’s love of Christ, and his love of people. This book oozes compassion. Yet the author is very clear about the dangers of sexual sin to both our earthly, and eternal lives.
If you are looking for a book that dives into every detail of what is or is not sexual sin, you will be disappointed in this book. If however you find yourself or someone you care about convicted of sexual sin, and are looking for the biblical way forward this book has much to offer you !
In fact what gives much of the weight to what this book has to say is much of what it teaches about recovery from sexual sin, is true of recovery from sin in general. This is a book of hope grounded in scripture, not one of condemnation. Perhaps its most important lesson is that God has a way forward for every sinner, and through that way forward, a way back to him.
I found this book to have a very readable almost conversational style. Throughout the book you feel as if Ballenger is talking to you instead of writing to you. This is much rarer than you would think. The discussion questions are unusually well thought out. The leader’s guide includes Ballenger’s answers to each question as a starting point for discussion. These two aspects make this an excellent book for small group or classroom study. This book is very balanced, and well documented with scripture. If you are looking to better understand the issue of sexual sin in our sex crazed popular culture and modern world, this is a great book to start with.