Book Review: “Surfing for God: Discovering the Divine Desire Beneath Sexual Struggle” By Michael Cusick

Cusick is an ordained minister, spiritual director, and Licensed Professional Counselor at Restoring the Soul ministries in Golden, Colorado. In his book, Surfing for GOD, Cusick gives some disheartening statistics:

* 25% of search engine requests are for pornography – 68 million per day
* 70% of the hits on Internet sex sites occur between 9-5 on business computers
* Over 50 percent of evangelical pastors report they viewed pornography last year
* Over 70% of Christian men report viewing pornography in the last year

He also shares his own story of struggle with lust, pornography, illicit sex, and infidelity. The good news is that the story does not end there. Cusick unfolds how he gained victory over the power of sexual sin in his life through the soul changing power of Jesus Christ, and shares how you can also do the same if you struggle with the same pitfalls.

Honestly, this is not the most thrilling read, and some parts of the book don’t seem to add much to the overall goal of the book, yet there are some really important spiritual concepts in this book that are important for those who struggle with sexual addiction to grasp if they are to be freed from their addictions.

“Cusick Talks” helps explain the Spiritual, emotional, and physiological aspects of this deadly addiction. As one who studies science, I was delighted to see Cusick address and integrate the physiological basis for addiction with the spiritual warfare aspect. The book’s overall theme deals with the following concepts:

• Understanding the root issues as to why [people] struggle with porn.
• Recognizing the empty promises that porn has made to [them] and knowing [their] God-given desires for which porn is [an inadequate] substitute.
• Owning [their] personal brokenness and resisting shame’s grip on [their] soul[s].
• Uncovering the lies [they] believe and living out [their] good heart[s].
• Learning how to care for [their] own soul[s] [through GOD].

I feel the books approach is both pragmatic and Biblical, but should point out that I found flaw in his biblical reasoning in one section: Chapter 9 “Demolishing foot holds and strongholds in your life”. Here he either does a poor job of explaining his concepts or is simply errant in his exegesis.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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4 Comments

  1. Good review. I think it’s interesting that pornography is the most searched for thing online, but the second most searched for thing is religious subjects. It seems that the war between the flesh and the spirit is even being played out online!

    1. True. What we really need to see about pornography is that it is a huge deception; it is counterfeit worship. We were created as emotional beings, so pornography plays into that fact. We were created to worship, and make no mistake, we all worship something. We must therefore turn to GOD as the source of our joy, as the object of our desire, as the giver of all things good and dedicate ourselves to him in worship.

      There is a section in the book where Cusick describes a conversation he had with a man that he was counseling. The man complained that he could not focus on the Bible or prayer, or sermons, etc. because his mind would wander after just a few minutes. Cusick pointed out that the man was able to concentrate for hours at a time while fixed in his search for porn. This was a turning point for the man. Imagine if we strived as hard for GOD as we did for tickets to the Super Bowl, or in formal education, or even porn.

      That is the point of Cusicks book, and it is right on target.

  2. You said, “I feel the books approach is both pragmatic and Biblical, but should point out that I found flaw in his biblical reasoning in one section: Chapter 9 “Demolishing foot holds and strongholds in your life”. Here he either does a poor job of explaining his concepts or is simply errant in his exegesis.”
    I found the same thing. Some of the basic premises mentioned in chapter nine seemed to be far from what the scripture teaches. In fact, some of it was completely contrary to sound doctrine. I would have liked to see you expound on what you thought was errant in his exegesis (maybe you could email me?)
    I read this as a friend recommended it to me. I thought it was shallow in areas but that it brought a needed subject to light. I have not had a problem with pornography as described in the book from the time I have been following Christ. I’m thankful that the availability of porn was limited when I younger and a new Christian.
    Abiding in Jesus is still the answer for a sin problem; I choose Jesus today!

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