Note: See the blog post, Overcoming Lust in Uganda, for more about Margaret’s work in Uganda.
As a woman, and as a missionary, I admit I was a bit embarrassed to be reading a book entitled Overcoming Lust. I felt like I was looking through a window into forbidden territory. But I remembered how the book I downloaded from Shepherd’s Staff about singles in missions sometime back so startled me when I learned that so many male missionaries are involved in porno and all that goes with that. I then understood how it would be possible with the isolation, loneliness on the field, and access to computers and internet to sexualize emotional needs! Then there is the fact that over the years, I’ve had 4 different men confess to me they had/have problems with lust – one of them being a Level 3 sex offender I met while he was still doing time in prison. So there is certainly opportunity for ministry, even though it is awkward for me as a woman…
I was very impressed with this book, as it is so tastefully done; it could be used by anyone enslaved to any sin. I don’t think I’ve ever read such a well-done treatise of learning and walking in spiritual victory through obedience to Christ. Thank you, Jim, for being vulnerable and transparent and writing it. It’s not easy topic for anybody, but you have done an excellent job of exposing the fruitless deeds of darkness.
Eph 5:11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.