Book: Lambert, Heath. Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. Pages: 176
Point: God’s forgiving and transforming grace through Jesus Christ is able to overpower any sinful act or habit.
Path: Lambert expertly relates the Gospel and its power as the foundation for this book, and then practically walks through the steps to see the forgiveness and transformation take place. Chapter 1 is dedicated to understanding the Gospel and then the following chapters deal with 8 Gospel enabled tools to fight the desire for porn. Chapter 2: the difference between godly and worldly sorrow. Chapter 3: what true accountability looks like. Chapter 4: radical measures to stay out of hell. Chapter 5: confession and repentance. Chapter 6: your spouse and purity. Chapter 7: those who pursue porn are prideful. Humble people don’t pursue porn. Chapter 8: gratitude and the fight. Chapter 9: how a growing relationship with Jesus will put a desire for porn to death.
He also includes a very helpful appendix for those who have been hurt by a loved one in pornography. Sources: The author brings biblical truth, counseling experience, and wise teachers together in a format that is easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to remember.
Agreement: As a pastor who works with young men and families, this is an exceptional book. He is tasteful, so much so an early teen could read it (a problem I had with “Every Man’s Battle), yet thorough. He is Gospel centered. He is practical. While reading the book I was making a note of the people for whom I was going to buy a copy and read through it.
Disagreement: This is the best book I have read yet on the subject and struggled to think of a way to make it better. Personal App: Am I living in light of the power of the Gospel?
Favorite Quote: “You cannot look at Jesus and look at porn at the same time” (144). “Jesus is not your lapdog. He is your Sovereign Savior” (148).
Stars: 5 out of 5
This is a top shelf book. It would be worth another read and I would highly recommend it. If this review was helpful, let me know here.