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False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction (LifeChange) [Paperback]

Harry Schaumburg
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  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; Revised edition edition (Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576830284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576830284
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 859,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After struggling with sexual addiction since age 19, I had experienced most all the disappointments in life, including job loss, career ending acts of compulsive behavior, loss of friends, divorce and even arrest. I read Harry's first book after being confronted with an act of voyeurism. I was especially struck to the core of my heart and conscience by his profound, yet quite simple, approach to bringing the addict to the point of compliance with God and His design for redeemed men. It was on a Sunday afternoon in October, 1995, that I was reading this book. In the back of False Intimacy, I noticed Harry's counseling advertisements. I was desperate and needed help, not only for my own sanity, but for the saving of my marriage. Just 2 weeks later, I went with my wife to a 5-day Intensive Counseling course at Harry's offices in Colorado Springs, CO. " Very intense" is hardly the phrase to describe it. Harry made me realize that I was a very shallow and ho! llow person. The bottom line is that we Christian men have a reluctance to initiate and maintain an intimate relationship with God. I had a lot to work out, and I am still working my way out of sexual addiction and experiencing increasing sobriety from this sinful lifestye. Harry is a talented, qualified professional, whose writings get to the core of the problem, from a spiritual perspective, because that is wherein the problem lies--sex addicts have a sin problem, which only God, according to Harry, can rectify. I recommend this book to men in the Church, especially, who struggle with this area. Thanks, Harry, I am hanging in there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Christian-oriented perspective on sex addiction. 29 Aug 1998
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The author holds a strongly Christian-based approach to treatment of sex addiction. In many ways, this perspective is not wholly incompatible with 12-step approaches, although he makes only passing, and not entirely favorable reference to SA, SLAA, etc. He speaks from an obviously seasoned vantage point as an experienced clinician, and his work seems particularly geared toward members of the ministry who present themselves for treament of sexually compulsive behaviors. He holds most Christians to task for faulty beliefs, and he's not afraid to pull punches: "Ron admitted his adultery........'And you deserve to die for this!' I added." This was said in a calculated manner to remove all ego defenses from an addict and co-addict spouse, and in lesser hands such a style could lead to devastating results. Schaumberg obviously knows what he's doing, although his logic is not carried convincingly in places, ("Human remorse is actually subtle rebellion against God") and seems poorly applicable to non-Christians. But for those to whom it's directed, this book will serve where more secular readings (Carnes, et. al.) won't reach. Christian sex addicts will also find the various books of Doug Weiss to be useful.
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The symptoms of sexual addiction are described in no uncertain terms. The problem is identified and suggestions for correction are clear. Some comments about the nature of God and Man's relationship to God do not match my own beliefes which made it hard for me to accept some aspects of the book. I believe the book is still a good source of information (if you filter the theology) and a good starting point for overcoming sexual addiction.
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