We have good news and bad news regarding the book project, The Pornography Effect: Understanding for the Wives, Girlfriends, Mothers, Daughters and Sisters.
The good news is that you get to continue to read the book online for the foreseeable future. The reason is the bad news: the publishers we’ve been talking to have either broken off communication or indicated they don’t see the book happening in the next 90 days. Frankly, the way the U.S. economy is, who can blame publishers for not wanting to take the risk? This is a “crisis” book on a “crisis” topic that’s been written in a “crisis book” limited length so that pastors can keep multiple copies on hand. Despite the past successes at marketing multi-packs, publishers aren’t beating a path to our door over this one.
I still think we’re on to something here. The book tackles the problem of men and online internet addiction by explaining to the women in their lives — and anyone else who’s interested — just exactly what’s going on online. It offers some new insights and presents some different hypotheses about internet addiction. It doesn’t offer any easy, three-step solutions to a very complex problem.
So what we do right now? I’ve been in talk with one pastor about taking the project full circle and doing it in seminar form. Then we’re back to same issue: Women in small towns aren’t going to identify another family member’s addition by showing up for such a seminar. However, people are never as afraid of ratting out their kids! So we’ve proposed a seminar for parents that would deal specifically with the challenges that are faced by people at the junior high, high school and college level. Instead of 15 sections, the seminar would have a simple theme:
- What’s in the picture?
- Who saw the picture?
- Who took the picture?
True to form, the seminar would also introduce one additional new idea, which, if you’ve been reading my comments on other blogs, should be familiar to you by now: An entire generation is growing up without a sense of shame. And as a result, an entire western society is losing its sense of shame.
They say that one key thing that separates us from the animals — and there are others — is our ability to blush. We’re losing that. Big time. Very quickly. And if you have kids in the age/school brackets mentioned above, you should be very, very concerned. Perhaps that would make a good book premise, too. Why have one unpublished book when you can have two unpublished books?
In the meantime, if you or someone you know has concerns about a third-party’s internet viewing patterns, be sure to send them to link to this online book. It will help bring clarity of thought to a major issue in our communities, churches and families.
If you’re sending the link to non blog-readers, it’s important to tell them to click on “previous entries” when they get to the end of chapter six. This book was simply posted on a blog page in reverse chapter order, so that opening the web page, it reads from first to last chapter. But some people aren’t familiar with clicking on the link to get to the “previous” pages, which in this case, are actually the “next” pages.
Also, while I’m not a counselor or pastor, we did set up a special e-mail address associated with this blog, for people who have questions in dealing with this particular issue. But you guys get to comment right here!