Dirty Girls Come Clean
Excellent Resource on an often taboo subject.
I have been blessed to know Crystal for several years. I stumbled upon her blog and then followed her on twitter (way back in the day!) and was blessed enough to be in a lifegroup online (LGO) with her and several other amazing people. We started sharing our testimony's and Crystal's was beautiful. Even more was that her heart was to help other women who were bound by pornography. It has been a privilege to watch God work in amazing ways and for this book to become a reality.
Crystal has a passion for helping other women where she was. Dirty Girls Come Clean is a powerful tool. Using the acryomn SCARS Crystal shares how God can work in our lives to heal this addiction. Not only is Crystal's information spot on, as a counselor I found it very useful to make me think and dig deeper with my clients. At the end of each chapter Crystal offers a Becoming Clean section where steps are introduced to help you on your journey. That is what this book is. A journey toward healing.
In Dirty Girls Come Clean we not only get a very informative book we also get the added bonus of beautiful stories of redemption through the testimonies shared.
Most importantly this book is not just for those women who struggle. It is a fantastic tool for any women. This is happening much more than we think and I know we all have friends who may be secretly struggling. It is good information for all of us to know.
This book is hopefully the first step of many unveiling secrets we keep as Christians...especially those of us who are women. We are all sinners in need of Grace...and we need to stop hiding behind our lies we are okay and life is perfect. Crystal takes a giant step here and we all should follow.
Dirty Girls Come Clean is an inspirational book that reminds us our God is still a Healer and He still works in amazing ways if we just let Him. I highly recommend every single person in the church read it and have their eyes opened...
April 5, 2011
Addicted to pornography? Know someone who is?
This book is the best resource I have come across in dealing with an addiction to pornography and being a woman. There are many books out there that on the topic of pornography addiction, but all of them are focused on men, possibly with chapters mentioning the affects of this pornography addiction on their wives/families.
This is the first book I have ever seen the deals directly, and only, with women who struggle with this addiction.
Dirty Girls Come Clean gives hope to the struggling heart and confidence that we are not alone in the battle. It is well written and well thought out.
It's a short book, but quite powerful, and gives you all the tools you need to overcome pornography, no matter how long you have been addicted. There's a great anagram for remembering the steps to recovery: SCARS (Surrender, Confession, Accountability, Responsibility, Sharing). At the end of each chapter a woman shares her testimony of addiction and healing. The testimonies were especially nice because they ran the spectrum of addiction and made it easy to relate to them and their situations.
I highly recommend this resource if you, or someone you know is struggling with addiction to pornography. Crystal bases her recovery steps on the 12 step programs used in other recovery systems.
April 2, 2011
I read a lot. And this book is by far the best book IÃ¢ÂÂve read in a long time. Why? Because itÃ¢ÂÂs incredibly real. I started reading it, and I just couldnÃ¢ÂÂt stop. I had to keep going, I had to hear the truths that I needed to hear. Porn is not just a guy thing. So many girls struggle with it and are convinced that they are alone. This book shows that we are not. The truths that this book shares are gripping, and I could relate to so much of it. I read this book in 2 days, it got me that much! Crystal did a wonderful job of encouraging healing, not just Ã¢ÂÂgetting over itÃ¢ÂÂ. She gives hope freedom, and thatÃ¢ÂÂs so needed. I was especially moved by being forced to examine WHY and to move forward. Not only did Dirty Girls Come Clean give me hope and strength to keep going in my own personal battles, but it drew me closer to God, and thanking him for what he brought me out of. I praise God for this book and this ministry! ItÃ¢ÂÂs a must read for any lady that has battled a porn addiction. I know that I plan to read it through again and again!! ItÃ¢ÂÂs about time that this silence is broken!! Thank you Crystal!!
April 2, 2011
A chance to Come Clean!
Whether you are a "dirty girl" ready to come clean or standing by the pool merely wetting your feet and debating making the dive or a woman seeking understanding of the addiction that no one likes to talk about because you want to be informed so you can love on and lift up your sisters in Christ who struggle with pornography addiction,
this book is for you.
Unique both in genre and style, "Dirty Girls Come Clean" discusses the one form of sexual addiction no other book has. It speaks specifically to the sister who struggles with pornography addiction. It reads like a conversation with friends and sisters who have been where you are, but is also informative and educational, as well as personal growth inspiring. In fact, this is exactly what the book is.
Author Crystal Renaud shares her personal story of pornography addiction and how her mess was
turned into a message meant for others to hear. It's easy to listen to, as it is told in a nonauthoritive tone throughout the book, along with the inspiring stories of other women who have and still do struggle with
pornography addiction. The book also offers opportunities for the pornography addicted reader to be an active participant in her own recovery process, offering a personal inventory section to figure out just where you are at so you can get where you want to go and questions to reflect upon following each chapter.
Navigating the high and low tides of recovery with the use of an acronym known as SCARS (Surrender,confession,responsibility and sharing), "Dirty Girls Come Clean" takes the willing reader by the hand and leads her through the steps to redemption.
The stories of real Christian women's struggles with pornography let the reader know that she is NOT alone, the biblical references and scriptures shared throughout the pages of the book serve as a reminder of Christ's love and plans for us, and the lies society would have women believe about being sexually liberated are challenged by God's truth which offers true freedom from the bondage only a slave to sexual addiction of any kind could know. The resources provided at the book's end offer essential tools for the beginning of a road to recovery for the addict dedicated to finding her freedom, including internet filtering options, community options to connect with others and most importantly, the chance to connect with Christ for those who have not met Him yet!
So, if you are ready - and even if you feel you are not but you're feeling that nudge from God and it's about knocking you over by now - allow light to be shed on the darkness in your life, allow the doors you've been hiding behind to be opened, allow your chains to be broken and allow your dirt to be washed away through the reading of this book and God's grace.
April 1, 2011