Dry Ridge, KY — There is a crisis brewing in the Church: a growing epidemic of sexual addiction among women. A new book from Pure Life Ministries by authors Steve and Kathy Gallagher, Create in Me a Pure Heart, explores the scope of the problem and provides biblical answers for the church and the struggling woman.
For twenty-two years, Kathy Gallagher has been helping women cope with their husbands’ addiction to pornography, strip clubs and prostitutes. Now she is responding to a growing number of women addicted to porn, chat rooms and online sex. “Thirty years ago,” remarks Gallagher, “you never would have thought that the woman sitting next to you in Sunday school might be viewing porn. But with the growth of the Internet, the gap between what men and women do in secret has been drastically reduced.”
According to Nielsen NetRatings, nearly one-third of the visitors to adult websites are female. Today’s Christian Woman reported that 34 percent of their online newsletter readers admitted to intentionally accessing Internet porn. Women are also twice as likely as men to visit online chat rooms, according to Internet Filter Review.
Steve and Kathy Gallagher have been working for over two decades to help Christian men overcome sexual addiction. “While the specific issues men and women face may differ,” says Kathy Gallagher, “the answers remain remarkably similar. Create in Me a Pure Heart addresses the unique issues a struggling woman faces and provides the biblical answers she needs to break the cycle of addiction.”
Create in Me a Pure Heart also challenges the Church to address the growing problem. “These women need help,” said Kathy Gallagher. “But until we create an atmosphere in the church where they feel it’s safe to come forward and admit their struggle, the majority of them will remain bound in their addiction.”
Beverly LaHaye, Founder of Concerned Women for America, calls Create in Me a Pure Heart “Ground-breaking… a clearly defined hope for deliverance.” Recording artist Clay Crosse says it will be “a comfort and a help to so many women who have felt isolated for far too long.” Lisa Bevere, Messenger International, adds that it is “a straight-forward, raw and urgent call to holiness.” The book is due for release on November 1, 2007.
About Pure Life Ministries
Founded in 1986, Pure Life Ministries assists Christian organizations and individuals dealing with sexual addiction by providing counseling services, teaching materials and a speaking bureau. The Ministry has operated a residential facility for men struggling with sexual addiction since 1991. For more information on PLM, please visit http://www.purelifeministries.org.