Book Review: Look Straight Ahead

Look Straight Ahead - A Call To Men For Moral Purity

People face many temptations, especially in the area of moral purity. One of the most appealing lures to the fallen flesh is sexual lust. Pornography has become increasingly brazen, readily visible to the unguarded eye of one who is not even seeking it. It has become one of the most successful weapons against the child of God. Our church families are plagued with failed marriages as the enemy has rushed in to ruin the testimony of the saints. There has been casualties among public leaders, the last to be suspected of such moral sin. This all-too-common tragedy has burdened my heart to exhort and encourage men, in particular, to echo the plea of the psalmist as he stood before his Lord and cried out, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me,” Psalm 51:10

This is a quote from the introduction to the book Look Straight Ahead – A Call To Men For Moral Purity written by Sam Thorpe, Jr. and published by Everyday Publications of Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada. The book is a heart felt plea to the men of the church to intentionally live a life of moral purity. This is a timely book, dealing with a major issue in the church that few others are willing to address.

The author rightly recognizes the sin of pornography as a powerful “weapon” that Satan is using to devastate individual Christians, families, and entire churches. However, the author goes far beyond acknowledging the problem– he also articulates why it’s problem, provides a clear Biblical perspective of the issue, and gives practical advice for those who struggle with lure of pornography in their lives.

Early in the book we read the true story of ‘Harry,’ a Christian who was ensnared by pornography. By all outward appearances Harry was a moral, church going, family man. However, unknown to all those around him, the vice grip of pornography was about to crush, not only himself, but also his family and friends. Harry’s story serves as a sobering reminder of what we are all capable of, and why we must take seriously what the Bible says regarding the Christian life.

The book also offers clear, Biblical advice for maintaining purity in our modern world. The advice given is practical and straight forward. For example, in the chapter “Steps to Victory over Pornography” the author discusses seven action points for those who are dealing with this issue:

  1. Maintain Daily Bible Reading
  2. Memorize Key Verses
  3. Place Scripture Texts in Your Home and Office
  4. Position “Viewing” in Public Areas
  5. Install Blocking Filters
  6. Display Family Photos
  7. Establish an Accountability Partnership

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with pornography and seriously desires to deal with it from a Biblical perspective.

However, I would also recommend this book to anyone who desires to maintain an upright testimony and live a godly lifestyle in this sin fallen world. As the prevalence of pornography grows in our society, it is reasonable to assume that this problem will continue to devastate testimonies, families and entire local churches. Victory favors the prepared.

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Look Straight Ahead is available through Everyday Publications and Gospel Folio Press.

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2 comments

  1. Amen, I really appreciate that book. I was given it when it first came out, following the steps in that book helped me overcome my pornography problem and I highly recommend it to any man – young or old.

    • Yes, the book is very helpful. Biblically solid & extremely practical. Also works great in a small group setting– each of the 9 chapters over 9 sessions.