Empirical research provides the basis for a comprehensive depiction of evangelical Christian men who self-identify as sexual addicts.
News of sexual dysfunction in the evangelical community is often marked by sensationalism. Yet evangelicals' viewpoints about pathology are spiritually based, and sexual addiction is often understood differently by evangelicals than by the general population. It is high time for an objective treatment of this issue—one that allows the voices of the evangelicals themselves to be heard.
Losing the Bond with God: Sexual Addiction and Evangelical Men offers a humane and constructive understanding of this issue, treating it from an objective perspective rather than the Christian perspective that is common to writings on the subject. Based on her own qualitative study of self-identified evangelical sex addicts, the author shows how these men must overcome the compartmentalization of their lives and improve the integration of religion, marriage, and sexuality if they are to break their destructive patterns.
The book addresses many of the most dominant issues specific to sexuality within the evangelical movement, such as sexual purity, gender roles, attitudes regarding homosexuality, and marriage. It begins with a framework for understanding the evangelical movement and its stance on sexual issues. and ends with a cumulative summary about evangelical men who self-identify as sexual addicts. Direct quotes and personal experiences from interviews are woven throughout the study, and appendices provide a detailed description of the author's research.
Features • Direct quotes and stories from interviews with study participants • Diagrams of the Cycle of Sexual Addiction and the Life Worlds of the Evangelical Sexual Addict • Appendices covering: participant profiles, research design, data analysis, and the definitions of terms
Highlights • Provides an understanding of the problems behind, and solutions for, sexual addiction among evangelical men • Utilizes stories from study participants, grounding the text in the lived experience of individuals self-identified as Evangelical men struggling with this issue • Applies an objective perspective to a topic previously treated only from a Christian perspective
Kailla Edger, PhD, is a counselor at Integrity Counseling & Coaching in Largo, FL, and a college instructor for various universities. She specializes in sexual addictions and has published papers on evangelicalism and sexuality.