Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Book Review: I Surrender All - Christian Singer Clay Crosse Battles Pornography

Clay and Renee Crosse share the struggle to save their marriage in "I Surrender All; Rebuilding A Marriage Broken By Pornography". 

In 1998, Clay Crosse found himself on the verge of losing his music career and his family. His voice was hoarse but the doctors could not find any physical cause for his ailments. Clay grew increasingly depressed because he was hiding a dirty little secret from his wife and his fans.

About The Author
Clay Crosse is a Dove Award winning contemporary Christian music artist. Clay released his first album, My Place Is With You, in 1995. "I Surrender All" was the most successful single from the album.

Lust and Pornography
Clay accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of thirteen. He was active in church youth groups and music groups. He was a Christian but did not have a close personal relationship with Christ.

Clay had his first experience with pornography when he was in the fourth grade.  He was at a friend's house and they found the dad's collection of magazines. His  involvement with pornography increased as he entered his high school years.

Clay and Renee started dating and made public commitments to sexual purity, but Clay continued to secretly view pornographic magazines and videos. He didn't realize that this "habit" was taking over his life and damaging his relationship with his wife and with God.

Clay and Renee Crosse share the difficult journey they experienced after Clay went public with his problem and asked for forgiveness. They both share their feelings in the pages of this book. They were committed to their marriage and they were able to use this experience to draw nearer to God and to each other.

My Thoughts
I never thought I would be writing about pornography on this blog. It is one of those subjects that we like to sweep under the rug. It is one of those "hush-hush" subjects that everyone knows about but it is not a "politically correct" topic of conversation.

I did a little research on the topic of pornography and found the following statistics on the United Families International Blog:
  • 12% of the sites on the Internet are pornographic (that is 24,644,172 sites).
  • 40 million Americans are regular visitors to porn sites.
  • 1 in 3 porn viewers are women.
  • 70% of men between 18 and 24 years old visit porn sites in a typical month.
  • In the U.S., porn pulls in $2.84 BILLION per year. The entire worldwide industry is worth $4.9 BILLION.
  • The most popular day of the week for viewing porn is Sunday.
  • There are 116,000 searches for "Child Pornography" every day.
So, pornography is BIG business and it is not going to just go away. I truly respect Clay and Renee Crosse for going public with this sensitive subject. Clay did not make excuses for his actions. He was willing to take full responsibility for the hurt that he caused others and he was committed to turning his life around.

This couple is a role model for couples who find their marriage in the ditch. Clay and Renee demonstrate that it is possible to come through the storm and have a stronger marriage and a closer walk with God. They are reaching out to other hurting couples with their Holy Homes Ministry.

I am reminded of the Scripture in Luke 8:17 ~ "For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light".     

"I Surrender All" will inspire and encourage anyone who is burdened with the secret of pornography. There is hope for a better life....this book proves it!   
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