HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Tactics: Securing the Victory in Every Young Man’s Battle
Author: Fred Stoeker with Mike Yorkey
Cover Designer: Mark D. Ford
Publisher: WaterBrook, 2006
Language level: 1 (but frank)
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teen and adult males
Rating: *** 3 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Stoeker Fred, with Yorkey, Mike. Tactics: Securing the Victory in Every Young Man’s Battle (published in 2006 by WaterBrook Multnomah Press, 12265 Oracle Blvd., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80921, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House Inc., New York City, NY). Tactics is the companion, follow-up volume to Every Young Man’s Battle, explaining why sexual sin is so addictive and why young men who are striving to stay pure still struggle. Then it discusses the spiritual aspects of this serious problem and tells how an intimate connection with the heavenly Father is the edge needed for victory. First, I must say that the descriptions in this book have no connection with my experiences growing up. But then, I was a teenager in the late 1960s and early 1970s when things were admittedly far different. In today’s sex saturated society, a young man who wants to please God needs all the assistance and encouragement that he can get to stay sexually pure.
I will also have to say that although Stoeker writes, “Never forget that this call to purity is about much more than stopping masturbation,” that subject does seem to be the focus of the entire book in defining and describing sexual purity in young men. There is a negative reference to homeschooling where a boy claims that the loneliness resulting from his dad’s pulling him out of public school to homeschool him was the cause of his falling into masturbation. Also, in the second half of the book where the author talks about developing a deeper spiritual intimacy with God to help neutralize the influence of sexual pollution in one’s heart, he does mention a few theological concepts with which some believers will disagree, especially the idea that God may speak directly and audibly to people in our day. At the same time, my view of the book is not all negative. There is a lot of good advice in it. Stoeker’s admonitions to pray regularly, engage in frequent worship, read the Bible daily, and make friends with good people who will help are all valuable.
And the warnings to avoid pornography, lust (especially via television and movies), and sexual interactions with females are very important. Purity of life begins with purity of mind. “Your sex drive can grow into the size and girth of a sumo wrestler, and ‘Mr. Sumo Sex Drive’ can become monstrous when you feed him all the sexy images found on cable television, videos, the Internet, and in magazines. Every Young Man’s Battle explained how to cut Mr. Sumo Sex Drive down to size by shutting down the flow of sexual food coming through your eyes and mind so that you can get your sex drive back to normal size. You can cut off the flow of addictive chemicals that keep your mind and body aching for more by conforming to God’s command to flee every hint of sexual immorality.” I’m not sure I’d be comfortable just handing this book to a young man who had been raised in a sheltered, godly environment, but for someone who has already become involved in pornography and fornication, it could prove useful.