For the Christian Choosing Digital Adultery (A Chapter from Life After Lust)

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Today another chapter of my book was released publicly on the Discipleship & Ethics blog. This is the only chapter of the book that is specifically aimed at challenging Christians who are struggling with sexual addiction. Check out the well-referenced article to learn:
1) Three ways pornography addiction harms marriages
2) Seven crucial strategies for finding freedom
Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” me on this blog and on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

Forest Benedict on the Upcoming Carol the Coach Sex Addiction Radio Show

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I have the privilege of being interviewed in the upcoming Sexual Addiction: Strength, Hope, Recovery with Carol the Coach radio show, talking about my recovery and my new book Life After Lust! Click this link to listen on Monday at 6pm PST. I’ve been on this show in the past and it will be great to visit with Carol again. Please share this free listening opportunity with others.

Gratefully,
Forest
Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” me on this blog and on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

Writing “Life After Lust” – An Interview with Forest Benedict

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Recently, I had the opportunity to do an interview with John Vonhof for the Writers & Authors on Fire podcast. In the interview I talked about my new book Life After Lust and the writing process. I shared some of my story and talked about the “creative risks” I took in writing this unique book. This is an excellent podcast for writers and others who are interested in the topic and book. This podcast is somewhat faith-based but open to all audiences.

Click here to listen to the podcast

 

Enjoy!

Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley. If you benefited from this article, please “follow” me on this blog and on Twitter, “like” me on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

 

Life After Lust Now Available for Pre-Order on Amazon

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I’m grateful to announce that my new book “Life After Lust” is available on Amazon for pre-order of the Kindle edition. Click here to reserve your copy!

I’m excited to share that in the 24 hours my book has been available, it is now #2 in the “sexual addiction” category on Amazon, over Out of the Shadows (Carnes) and Every Young Man’s Battle!

Also, for those interested I have launched a book website, listing all of my book endorsements.

I look forward to sharing book content with you all very soon.

Back to work on getting my softcover done and getting this resource out there….any efforts in helping me get the word out about the book are greatly appreciated!

Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

 

Finding the Strength to Finish Strong

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The due date for my book Life After Lust is 12 days away and I am needing to summon the strength to push hard and finish strong. As I write this, I’m sitting at the desk which belonged to my dear friend Ericlee who taught me to give that last stretch of the race my all. Believe me, this race is really hard. Sometimes I don’t know if I can make it. I am running on the strength of a much “Higher Power,” fueled by an inner resolve and the prayers and encouragement of those cheering me on. If that’s you, thank you for being there.

Back to work…

To follow me to the finish line click here.

Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

 

 

 

Will You Join My Book Launch Team?

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I wish I could say the path to publishing Life After Lust is painless. The truth is this has not been an easy journey.

At times I question whether or not I will make my publishing date. Life is really busy with my clinical and teaching work, on top of maintaining my family life. And yet, I keep inching forward. With the right help, I know I’ll make it.

I believe Life After Lust will be ready on Valentine’s Day but I could use some help. These next 2 weeks are going to be CRAZY busy finalizing this book. What would really help me is having an engaged Launch Team. The Launch Team is a group of people who will help me get my book out. This may include sharing posts, helping with projects, or writing reviews. If you are open to joining my Launch Team and helping this mission move forward, click here to join the Facebook group. I would really appreciate your help and will reward you in any way I can think of.

Before I go back to work, I’ll share a few of my most recent endorsements:

Life After Lust is a ready reference guide for sex addicts in any stage of recovery and the therapists who work with them. Throughout his remarkable book, Forest provides a solid recovery path; a path that leads to connection with God, self, and others. I have treated sex addicts and their families for the past 29 years and I look forward to using this book with my clients. I will recommend Life After Lust to addicts, clergy, and therapists.” -Todd Olson, LCSW, Co-Founder of LifeSTAR

“Benedict offers a concrete, no-nonsense approach to overcoming sexually compulsive behaviors through looking in, looking out, and looking up for strength, support, and success in self-mastery, addiction recovery, and change.  Anyone caught up in the snare of sexual addiction will benefit from using the tools within these pages.”-Debra W. Greeff, LCSW, SATP, LifeStar Boise, Idaho

“Life After Lust is a thorough and thoughtful guide to recovery from sex addiction. In it, Benedict provides a step-by-step roadmap for the journey from addiction to freedom.” Douglas Weiss, Ph.D., President of the American Assoc. for Sex Addiction Therapy

“Forest Benedict’s Life After Lust is a personalized and important contribution to the field of sexual health. He shares his personal story of recovery from porn addiction in a way that both educates and motivates the reader.”Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S, Intimacy Disorder Specialist, Author of Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating 

“I met Forest when I was active in my addiction. He came alongside me, loved me, and led me into recovery. Forest’s heart for others is in this book. Life After Lust is a conduit for soul connection; a would-be syllabus for doctoral studies in personal recovery. With Forest’s guidance, I am gratefully experiencing life after lust. I know this book will help others down this same path to healing.” -Anonymous Recovering Sex Addict, Former Pastor, M. Div

As you can see, Life After Lust is a great resource for sex addicts and therapists. I hope you’ll consider joining this purposeful project.

As always, please share this post with others.

Moving forward,
Forest Benedict, LMFT, SATP

*Photo by Gerd Altmann

Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

Will You Join the Controversial Causes of “Life After Lust?”

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My upcoming book Life After Lust is not your normal recovery manual. True, it has some excellent content geared toward helping women and men recover from sex addiction. As one therapist wrote:

“Life After Lust” is a resource to help reinforce you for a lifetime of healthy living. While it’s not easy to stop a pornography or sex addiction, it’s even more difficult to build a life of trust, intimacy, connection, and emotional health after years of addictive living. Forest has taken a complicated and confusing process and organized it into an easy-to-follow guide. Knowing Forest, he would love to sit down with each person who picks up his book and personally help them map out their own journey. Thankfully, anyone who reads this book will feel like they’re sitting with him getting personal guidance and support. His compassionate and non- judgmental voice comes through loud and clear. He expects great things from his readers and offers encouragement and realistic goals to help people create a bright future. Geoff Steurer, MS, LMFT, Founding Director of LifeStar of St. George, UT and co-author of Love You, Hate the Porn: Healing a Relationship Damaged by Virtual Infidelity

 

Life After Lust has many recovery resources but also emphasizes the important yet controversial themes of protecting children from pornography and standing against the porn industry. Here’s one woman’s response to the book:

“Sex addiction destroyed my first marriage, so I was worried this book would be a trigger for me. But surprisingly, it was not! Benedict handles the topic in an incredibly powerful, insightful, yet sensitive manner. I am convinced that if more couples approached addiction recovery with these tools, there would be fewer divorces and less heartache. I applaud Benedict’s courage in sharing his story and bestowing his hard-gained wisdom on others traveling this difficult path. I sincerely appreciate the emphasis on protecting children and standing against pornography. The chapter, “Dear Porn: A Father’s Letter,” is close to my heart and truly a call to arms. As a mother and activist, I face this battle every day. Forest Benedict is a powerful ally in the fight!”-Melody A. Bergman, Writer, Speaker, Activist, Mamacrossroads.com

If you believe in protecting children from pornography and standing against the porn industry (including the upcoming movie in the Shades of Grey series), I invite you to share this blog with others and join my Life After Lust Launch Team. Let’s put our mutual passions to work, getting the word out about a book that will both help people recover and inspire them to change the world we all live in.

To read more about the controversial causes presented in Life After Lust and to learn how to join the Life After Lust Launch Team, click here.

*Photo by Gisela Merkuur

Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!

My BIG Book Announcement & Endorsement

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The publishing date for “Life After Lust” has been determined! Click here to find out when the big day is and to read an AMAZING endorsement for the book!

Forest Benedict, MA, SATP-C, LMFT, Clinical Director of LifeSTAR of the Central Valley If you benefited from this article, please “follow” us on this blog and on Twitter, “like” us on Facebook, and SHARE this article and blog with others. Thank you!