18 of the Best Books on Porn Addiction and Recovery

When it comes to reading books on porn addiction and recovery, there are endless options. From research-based books on addiction to self-help recovery guides, a quick Google search will turn up so many choices that you may find it difficult to decide.

I wanted to make this easier for you, so I crowdsourced this list with those whom I consider to be “experts”—that is, the employees at Covenant Eyes! Since 2001 we’ve helped over 1 million people on their journey to a porn-free life, and we’ve seen these books to be helpful for those we serve. This list of books on porn addiction is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a good starting place both for those seeking freedom for pornography addiction and for those helping someone on their own journey to freedom (the ally).

Books on Porn Addiction Research

The Porn Myth

Authored by Matt Fradd, The Porn Myth is a non-religious response to pro-pornography arguments. It draws from the experience of porn performers, recent research from neurology, sociology, and psychology to build a case for why pornography is destructive to individuals, relationships, and society. Matt Fradd provides insightful arguments, including the latest scientific research, on nearly every relevant subject imaginable, exposing the negative impact pornography has on our minds, our relationships, and our culture.

The Porn Circuit

In this free ebook written by Covenant Eyes, you will learn about the brain science behind porn use. Science shows us that using pornography taps into powerful neurochemistry that can quickly lead a person to use porn habitually. Much like a drug, the chemicals that fire when watching porn create cravings that make it feel almost impossible to quit. But freedom is possible, and The Porn Circuit tells you how to beat porn in 90 days.

Porn Stats

Another informative and free ebook by Covenant Eyes! Porn Stats provides some of the most up-to-date statistics on pornography usage, including the numbers on porn in the church, marriages, and kids. Finding up-to-date information about pornography use can be a daunting task for a researcher. This carefully documented compilation of stats, quotes, and figures is a perfect starting place for your own research.

The Porn Phenomenon

Released by the Barna Research Group in 2016, The Porn Phenomenon is an assessment of the cultural place of pornography today, based on a survey of existing social science research and nearly 3,000 new interviews with U.S. teens, adults, and Protestant church leaders. This book exposes the breadth and depth of porn’s impact and shows that the Christian community can no longer ignore pornography’s effects on the minds and hearts of the next generation.

Books for Men in Recovery

Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction

As devastating as any drug habit, porn addiction brings heartbreak and despair to those it entangles. But there is help for men and women caught in sexual addiction’s downward spiral. Written by Dr. Mark Laaser, Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction offers a path that leads beyond compulsive thoughts and behaviors to healing and transformation. Speaking from his own experience with sexual addiction and recovery, Dr. Mark Laaser is sensitive to the shame of sexual addiction without minimizing its sinfulness. He traces the roots of the problem, discusses its patterns and impact, and maps out a biblical approach to self-control and sexual integrity.

Unwanted

In Unwanted, Jay Stringer explores the “why” behind self-destructive sexual choices. The book is based on research from over 3,800 men and women seeking freedom from unwanted sexual behavior, be that the use of pornography, an affair, or buying sex. Although many of us feel ashamed and unwanted after years of sexual brokenness, this book invites the reader to see that behavior as the very location God can most powerfully work in their lives.

Every Man’s Battle

Revised and updated in 2020, Steve Arterburns’ book, Every Man’s Battle, shares the stories of dozens who have escaped the trap of sexual immorality and presents a practical, detailed plan for living with sexual integrity and a godly view of women. Millions of men have found this bestseller to be an invaluable guide to overcoming the struggle and remaining strong in the face of temptation.

Samson and the Pirate Monks

With no-holds-barred honesty and poignant storytelling, Nate Larkin introduces a model of community and friendship that is reinvigorating men’s ministry across the country, a model he calls The Samson Society. Too many men see the biblical hero Samson as their model for manhood—a rugged individualist of the highest order. Yet, Samson’s solitary successes were eventually overcome by moral weaknesses. Larkin, through the story of his own past and the stories of those in The Samson Society, offers a radical, refreshing alternative.=

Surfing for God

In Surfing for God, Michael Cusick asks the question: what if lust for porn is really a search for true passion? In a world where there are 68 million searches for pornography every day and where over 70 percent of Christian men report viewing porn in the last year, it’s no surprise that more and more men struggle with an addiction to this false fantasy. Backed by scripture, Cusick uses examples from his own life and from his twenty years of counseling experience to show us how the pursuit of empty pleasure is really a search for our heart’s deepest desire—and the real key to resistance is discovering and embracing the joy we truly want.

Setting Us Free

Research shows that a majority of guys struggle with sexual purity—slaves to their hormones or desires. Through Setting Us Free, author Nick Stumbo shares his own journey, giving readers the opportunity to discover how God shows up in unexpected ways and places, to bring true and lasting freedom. This isn’t just another how-to book on trying to control your behavior. This is the story of redemption-how God redeems what has been broken and recreates something awesome in a man’s heart.

The Porn Trap

In this highly acclaimed recovery guide, renowned sex and relationship therapists Wendy and Larry Maltz shed new light on the compelling nature and destructive power of today’s instantly available pornography. Weaving together poignant real-life stories with innovative exercises, checklists, and expert advice, this groundbreaking resource provides a comprehensive program for understanding and healing porn addiction and other serious consequences of porn use.

Books for Women in Recovery

No Stones

Marnie C. Ferree offers this unique resource for women struggling with sexual addiction. Taking her book’s title from the parable where Jesus extends grace to the woman caught in adultery, Ferree bravely shares her own story of sexual addiction, recalling her years of shame from living a double life and the moment when she ultimately had to tell the truth. But more than just offering her story as a hopeful example of God’s transforming power, Ferree distills her clinical expertise on female sexual addiction accessibly and gently, providing a much-needed resource for women struggling with any degree of relational or sexual addiction.

Beggars Daughter

Jessica Harris was seventeen years old when she threw away her ambition to become a doctor and, instead, tried to figure out how to get into the porn industry. She was exposed to pornography at the age of 13, and by the time she left for college, it was all that mattered. Feeling like she would never be worth anything more than a body on a screen, she tried to figure out how to “apply” to adult websites. Being unable to figure out that process likely saved her life. Beggar’s Daughter is her journey in detail that she has never before shared.

Restored: A Woman’s Guide to Overcoming Pornography

Have you ever felt as though you are the only woman to struggle with porn addiction? One in three visitors to adult websites are women. So why is there a resounding silence for women looking for recovery resources? Author Alice Taylor knows firsthand the loneliness, shame, and desperation of being a woman hooked on pornography. She also knows just what it takes to overcome addiction and live a full life of freedom. Restored offers hope in the form of a guide for any woman struggling with compulsive sexual behaviors. With compassion, vulnerability, a touch of humor, and a uniquely feminine voice, this book outlines ten steps to break free from pornography and shame, and experience the joy of restoration.

Dirty Girls Come Clean

Women turn to pornography for different reasons than men but once addicted feel the same alienation and shame.  Women desperately need a place of confession, accountability, and healing separate from men. In Dirty Girls Come Clean, Crystal Renaud-Day, founder of Dirty Girls Ministries and AACC certified counselor—whose own addiction started at age 10—provides steps to recovery uniquely tailored for the female addict.  Beginning with surrender, moving to confession, embracing accountability, owning responsibility, to finally sharing with others, the reader will be taken on a journey that can guide her from a state of woundedness to one of healing.

90 Days to Wholeness

This unique recovery devotional, written by Crystal Renaud-Day, walks with you through the recovery steps of Surrender, Confession, Accountability, Responsibility, and Sharing (S.C.A.R.S.). Adapted from her first book, Dirty Girls Come Clean, 90 Days to Wholeness is full of biblical truths, thought-provoking questions, and coloring journal pages. Whether you are seasoned in recovery or at the beginning of your journey from pornography, sex, or love addiction: this daily devotional is for you.

L.I.F.E. Guide for Women

The L.I.F.E. Guide for Women is a 21-assignment recovery workbook based on Dr. Mark Laaser’s Seven Principles for living in freedom every day. Written by Marnie Ferree and edited by Dr. Laaser, the L.I.F.E. Guide workbook is a biblically-based, time-tested, effective tool in restoring sexual integrity in women. This workbook will introduce a new way of looking at recovery and transformation in our lives.

New Fruit

One of the biggest lies women who struggle with porn face is that they’re all alone. It’s not true. Recent research revealed that at least 30% of women struggle with porn on a regular basis. No matter how long you’ve suffered silently, trying desperately to break free, there’s hope. Written by women for women, New Fruit shares powerful stories of transformation and freedom, proven methods to break free.