Clay Crosse was a soaring success in Christian music, but his secret sin threatened everything. He burst onto the contemporary Christian music scene with his 1994 hit "I Surrender All." And over the next four years, his star climbed higher and higher with more number one hits and sold-out concerts. But beneath his success lurked a dark secret: He was addicted to pornography. No one knew he had a problem-not even Clay-until the day God took away his singing voice. What followed was the story of the power of grace and forgiveness. Now Clay and Renee tell their story with the prayer that it will help countless other marriages-perhaps even yours.
Dove Award-winning artist Clay Crosse and his wife, Renee, share their personal story of his struggle with pornography and how they rebuilt their marriage.
Contemporary Christian singer Clay Crosse shares his journey as a performer
whose 1994 number-one hit, "I Surrender All," captured the attention of the
Christian music scene as he secretly battled a consuming addiction to
pornography. Crosse tells how a mysterious throat ailment stopped him cold,
causing his financial world to tip precariously, and bringing the realization
that the road he was traveling was surely going to end in the demise of his
marriage, crushing both his faith and his career. Telling his sobering story,
Crosse takes turns with wife, Renee, as they candidly reveal the desperate
condition to which their spiritual and marital lives had deteriorated before
Crosse acknowledged his addiction. After he confessed that he would have had
sex with any woman who offered, Crosse and his wife started a harrowing
journey toward building a relationship characterized by trust and
accountability. Renee had to struggle to overcome a wide range of feelings,
including a sense of inadequacy as a wife, as well as hurt and anger at her
husband's betrayal. Many Christian readers will appreciate the candor of the
Crosses' story, which offers a fragile but persistent message of redemption.
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While targeting one sinpornography--I Surrender All smashes directly at the basis of all sin. This right-between-the-eyes book is a must read for every Christian.
Clay and Renee Crosse had everything worldly Christians ever hope for: fame, fortune, a beautiful home and family, selfishness cleverly disguised as Christian living. Then Clay, a newly-famous Christian singer, began to lose his voice. His long-standing addiction to pornography was bearing its evil fruit. God finally had Clay's attention.
I Surrender All tells this story from both Clays and Renee's standpoint. Clay speaks of his long coast toward Sodom, how God intervened, how he had to confess it to Renee, and his daily battle to stay with God and renounce lust. Renee describes her desperation, fear, bitterness, forgiveness, and the day to day struggle to cope with Clay's betrayal. Both confess the shallow Christianity that led to this sin. The subsequent sections describe, in their own words, how, with God's constant help, they rebuilt their lives. Some of the chapters are: Winning the Battle of the Mind; Discovering God's Design for Marriage; Recovering Passion; and Out of the Ashes. Their experiences make what they say about the American sex-drenched way-of-life believable. What the Crosse's assert about shallow Christianity leading into deep sin, and the desperate need to live totally as God's person, is superbly relevant for you and me no matter what our besetting sins might be.
Clay and Renee Crosse's experiences have brought them passionately close to their Lord and they now minister in tandem at their church, on the concert circuit, and in marriage enrichment seminars. Christian author and chaplain, Mark Tabb's literary expertise brings coherence and clarity to this important book. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com