I just finished reading The Fantasy Fallacy by Shannon Ethridge
It’s an amazing and challenging book.
The amazing part ~ I think she hits it squarely on the head when she talks about why we have the day dreams and fantasies that we have. For those who are struggling with inappropriate sexual fantasies (or more) this book will be of great help to you. I would go so far as to say that any person in ministry (that would technically be all of us) would benefit so as to be a help and an encouragement to others. The numbers are growing when it comes to people caught in sexual woundedness and sin and God wants to help, heal and set us all free. This is an amazing tool that can help.
The challenging part ~ Honestly, the book is likely to make people uncomfortable. She is talking about sexual fantasies and gender issues (and she has moments of “clinical speak”). If you are looking for easy, comfortable, pat answers, you will not like this book. She talks about the wounds that we carry and facing the reasons for why we do the things we do … and the statistics and stories will hurt your heart.
While it’s a good book, it’s a hard book. The thing that hit me the hardest is just how dirty and destructive the battle is. I think we all have some idea of what’s going on, but when you read the stories about real people and real struggles, you just want to konk Satan in the head (he’s so rude). I don’t mean to paint this book as only dark and dreary, really this book offers a great deal of hope and help. It just threw me for a loop.
So, bottom line … I recommend The Fantasy Fallacy. It’s going to hurt, but it’s an amazing tool that can bring hope and healing.
You may or may not be comfortable with these topics, but we need to discuss them. Shannon Ethridge
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