The ultimate showdown calls for the ultimate team. Jesus and you.
God sets a pretty high standard for sexual purity for his men: “Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality” (Ephesians 5:3).
Can you reach that standard? You’ve tried–and often succeeded. But if you haven’t quite finished the job, you still need the right game day tactics to defeat temptation–and be God’s champion.
Tactics picks up where Every Young Man’s Battle leaves off. It explains why sexual sin is so addictive and why guys battling in the trenches to stay pure still struggle. Most of all, it unveils the spiritual front of this epic match-up and how an intimate connection to the Father is the edge needed for victory.
Grab hold of these practical steps to the deeper spiritual intimacy that will neutralize the sexual pollution in today’s culture. And start living to the extreme with God.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About Fred Stoeker
Facing a moment of truth regarding his sexual purity a couple years after his wedding in 1981, Fred Stoeker is well aware of the battle men face with sexual sin. After stumbling upon his father's Playboy magazine under his Dad's bed in first grade, Fred struggled with pornographic materials for the next twenty years or so. Despite entering a committed relationship with Jesus Christ at age 23, Fred continued to struggle with pornography until his wedding the following year. He quickly found that marriage did not eliminate the problem and the negative effects of his sexual sin upon his intimacy with God and with his wife Brenda grew more each year.
While Fred had graduated from Stanford University with a BA with Honors and had begun a successful sales and consulting business in Des Moines, IA, his marriage was struggling, as well as his feelings of personal integrity. Embarking on a study of Christian literature on marriage as well as reviewing his studies on Human Sexuality at Stanford, Fred began to search for answers to his problems. Daily Bible study allowed the word of God to wash him clean and to begin to transform his mind, and before long, God had used Job 31:1 and Luke 6:46 to begin to break the stranglehold that sexual sin had over his life.
Through the years, Fred watched for a Christian book to be written that would convey the practical knowledge that the Holy Spirit had taught him during his battle for sexual purity. He knew such a book was necessary, because he'd been teaching these practical principles over the years and had seen the impact they had in the lives of men in his city. Imagine his surprise when God tapped Fred himself to write that practical book he'd been watching for. Just as God had promised Fred during prayer, God took this practical message all over the world through the best-selling books Every Man's Battle and Every Young Man's Battle.
Fred's marriage to Brenda now spans almost thirty years in the Des Moines area and has been blessed by the birth of two sons and two daughters. Currently, Fred is a bestselling author of several books, including Hero, Every Young Man's Battle and Tactics, the president of Living True Ministries, and a popular conference speaker who challenges men to become sexually pure, to reconnect in true intimate relationship with their wives, and to train their sons to become godly men.
About Mike Yorkey
Mike Yorkey, a writer living in Encinitas, California, has collaborated in all the books for the Every Man's series.
Praise for Tactics
“In the warfare being waged by many who seek to withstand temptation or overcome bondage in the arena of rampant darkness surrounding sexual issues, Tactics is a resource that will aid or rescue many.”
–Dr. Jack W. Hayford, chancellor, The King’s College and Seminary; founding pastor, The Church On The Way
“My good friend Fred Stoeker has crafted the weapons and given you a battle plan to protect and guard your heart as well as restore moral purity when you’ve fallen. All of Stoeker’s books will be must reads between this grandpa and his grandsons in building godliness and preparing my boys for the good fight.”
—Dr. Gary Rosberg, president of America’s Family Coaches, and author of The 5 Sex Needs of Men and Women and Divorce-Proof Your Marriage.
“Tactics hits the issues head-on, and helps young men understand how innocent actions turn into addiction. With porn available on iPods, and lust-driven social sites online like Myspace and Facebook, Fred gives real tools that can help any guy win this important battle.”
–Brandon Cotter, CEO and founder, Pure Online (www.pureonline.com)
“Tactics is a brilliant addition to the groundbreaking Every Young Man’s Battle–insightful and practical as it dismantles lies and shame, a gift of freedom and truth.”
–John & Lisa Bevere, cofounders of Messenger International and authors of Heart Ablaze and Kissed the Girls and Made Them Cry
“Engaging in a topic so many people are afraid to talk about, Tactics takes us into the locker room and shows us the playbook, pointing out the opponent’s strengths, challenging us to continue to train hard, and reminding us that we have a loving Father who shows up at every game cheering us on. Fred is the father many of my generation wish they had. His words on sexual purity–the specific damage and rewards to one’s social life when one radically commits to it–are some of the most insightful I’ve come across.”
–Glenn Lavender and Jeremy Thiessen of the Dove-Award-winning band, Downhere