Getting Behind The Death of Porn

The Death of Porn: Men of Integrity Building a World of Nobility is a one-of-a-kind book. It is not your ordinary how-to-stop-looking-at-porn book, but one that attacks it from a different angle. It focuses on creating a movement–“building a world of nobility”–and he invites us to come along.

“That’s why I wrote this book–to start a movement,” Ortlund wrote in the introduction. “Because you matter, and everyone matters. And when God gets involved, we stop limiting how much good we can receive from him and how much good we can give to the world.”

In The Death of Porn, Ortlund addresses the reader as a father would his son—with affection, with intensity, with compassion and love. Though the book certainly has moments where the reader will be convicted by his or her consumption of pornography, its point is much broader than that.

The book is not a how-to in defeating porn in one’s personal battle (which is still important). Rather, it’s the clarion call to start a movement to suffocate porn in the war! And Ortlund makes the case that this movement need not be led by extraordinary people, but common people.

“God isn’t looking for superheroes,” he writes. “He’s looking for ordinary men who don’t mind becoming living proof of his mountain-moving power.”

With warm affection and sincerity, Ortlund explains that this war against porn can be won when we “claim,” so to speak, who we are—royalty. This is, I believe, another way of simply saying we’re created in God’s image. Ortlund writes about our common heritage via the imago Dei, which ought to compel us to look at the porn industry from a biblical point of view.

In the end, this book is not necessarily about the porn industry, but creating a “world of nobility;” that is, realizing our value as those created in the image of God and pushing for the end of porn from that perspective.

I highly recommend it. You can buy it here.

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