"Making All Things New" by David Powlison. A Review
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I purchased a copy at a recent conference on abuse and helping the abused. It's a small, readable book with a simple focus on a formidable subject. "Making All Things New: Restoring Joy to the Sexually Broken" is a 128 page softback artfully crafted by the veteran biblical counselor and executive director of Christian Counseling Education Foundation (CCEF), David Powlison. The author addresses both those who struggle with immoral sexual desires, and those who struggle with the impact of sexual betrayal, molestation, and assault (20). The theme is consistently positive. As the author rightly asserts, what "is perverted can be converted" (18).
"Making All Things New" leads the reader through the beauty sex was intended for, the flourishing garden of wise love, self-control and delight. But it also takes up the existential reality that sex is like a mechanic's shop rag, and "soaks up dark, dirty stains." Therefore we "must face ground-in evils if we are to repair what's wrong with us and help others with what's wrong with them" (13). The author addresses, as well, how there are proactive sins "inflamed by immoral desires" and reactive sins "energized by fear and self-protection" (19). But this is not a book that only diagnosis the problems. It guides toward integration, a Gospel-driven, grace-empowered resolution; a resolution that lives in the sunshine of Christ's "Behold, I make all things new" (Revelation 21.5); a resolution that is built on and rejuvenated by Christ's rich compassion: "If the Lord is merciful, then mercy gets final say" (47).
"Making All Things New" is an ideal resource for those crying out for relief from their sexual bondage. It is an excellent asset for those crying out because they have been sexually bludgeoned. And it is a fitting aid for those crying out on behalf of both and desiring to benefit each. I strongly recommend the book.
Here is where you can purchase a copy of the book: Crossway
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