The Freedom Fight: The New Drug and the Truths That Set Us Free (by Ted Shimer)


Today’s pornography stimulates the brain like other addictive drugs and is hooking a generation. No one is immune–men, women, young, or old–to the destructive power of porn. It is waging war against a walk with Christ, a godly marriage (or future marriage), and is sidelining God’s people from Kingdom service.

This book …

  • Not only shows how pornography use wages war on a person’s brain, relationships, and spiritual life, but it also identifies the six roots of a porn addiction and lays out a proven path to freedom.
  • Helps not only those who struggle personally with porn but also those who want to be better equipped to help others.
  • Is designed for both individuals and small groups with discussion questions included for each chapter.

Click here to download the Book Discussion Leader’s Guide to lead a group through the book.

In The Freedom Fight, you will learn…
  • why a tsunami of addiction is coming and what we can do about it.
  • the brutal impact of pornography on marriages, spiritual lives and churches.
  • how to stop watching porn for good.
  • how porn impacts the brain and how to renew your mind.
  • why quitting porn is so hard and the keys to make it happen.
  • the six roots of a porn addiction and how to effectively address each one.
  • spiritual tools to help you resist temptation and build new brain pathways.

About the Author

Ted Shimer

Ted has mentored men since 1991 with the collegiate ministry Student Mobilization. He received his MABS from Dallas Seminary and was trained as a Pastoral Sex Addiction Professional-Supervisor.

His discipleship background, theological instruction and world class clinical training gives Ted a unique and grounded approach to porn addiction recovery that is biblically based, scientifically sound, gospel centered and effective.

Ted is the Founder of The Freedom Fight, an online porn addiction recovery program. Ted and his wife Amber have four adult children and live in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

What Leaders and Experts are saying…

“This book is an answer to prayer for what I believe is the greatest threat to the Church today. You can’t get any better than The Freedom Fight. It is better than anything I could write on the topic of pornography.”
Josh McDowell,
Evangelical apologist and author or co-author of over 150 books
Craig Groeschel,
Pastor of Life.Church, New York Times Best-Selling Author
“The growing problem of porn addiction has taken ground in millions of lives, and it’s time to fight it with the only power that overcomes—the power of Christ. Ted Shimer has taken this problem by storm and gives readers the hope and restoration they need to fight this battle and win.”
“There is no more immediate problem in western civilization than the presence of pornography. Young men and women are having their entire adult lives robbed from them. The church will be forced to deal with this issue one way or another. Ted Shimer’s book gives a biblical perspective, analysis, and path to follow. Any person in ministry had best read this book.”
Tommy Nelson,
Pastor, Denton Bible Church and Board Member, Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. Ted Roberts,
Founder of Pure Desire Ministries, Pastoral Sex Addiction Professional, and Supervisor / Co-Creator of Conquer Series
“I have counseled men and women in the church who are battling with sexual brokenness for over thirty years and have written fifteen books on the subject. So when I say I am profoundly excited about Ted Shimer’s book, it is for very practical reasons. This book is unique because it cuts through all the psychobabble of the day and presents in concise bullet points the core of the issues. You are going to be provoked, stimulated, and brought to a new depth of comprehension regarding the problem of and solution for sexual brokenness.”
“Porn enters my room and sits on my sofa every single day as a therapist in one capacity or another. Ted Shimer does an excellent job of explaining the what, why, and how behind porn addiction in a way everyone can understand. Ted also does a beautiful job of revealing where true freedom resides … in Christ. The principles in this book provide a therapeutically sound and scripturally inspired path for successful recovery … for freedom.”
Susan Goss,
MED, MS Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Founder of Tangible Truth Ministries
Jonathan JP Pokluda,
Best-selling author of Welcome to Adulting, Lead Pastor of Harris Creek in Waco, TX
“The Freedom Fight combines God’s Word with expansive research and personal stories to paint a clear picture of true freedom. This book will be a powerful tool for any leader who is shepherding men and women through the process of recovery.”
“Working with men for over forty years, I have witnessed firsthand the explosive plague of pornography sweeping over our country. That being the case, we desperately need the insights of my friend, Ted Shimer, and the help his book The Freedom Fight provides. It powerfully awakens us to how extensive the bondage of pornography is. But even more importantly, it offers us a real path to freedom. Ted Shimer has answers. Life-giving answers. I highly recommend his book.”
Dr. Robert Lewis,
Pastor, Author, and Founder of Men’s Fraternity

Reader Reviews

Highly Recommend Audio and Text for Struggling People

Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2022
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I first listened to the entire audiobook during my driving. Then I came back to purchase a Kindle version to read more deeply. It helped me a lot and I want to dive deeper to train others. Praise the Lord! Awesome ministry!

So Captivating!

Reviewed in the United States on February 9, 2022
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This book has been incredible. I highly recommend for people looking to overcome their addiction. This book equips you so well. Check out their app as well!! It is a great resource to keep yourself and others around you accountable

Must Read!

Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2021
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This book isn’t like most books on this topic! It is way better! It educates and challenges. I think anyone that struggles with or is around people who struggle with this should read this book.

Find radical freedom!

Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2020
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The Freedom Fight literally saved my life. This book isn’t just about changing your unwanted behavior. It’s about uncovering and dealing with the root issues that have allowed sexual sin to overtake your life. If you’ve ever tried to stop yourself from engaging in an unwanted sexual behavior and found that you couldn’t, I’m begging you to buy this book.

Incredibly relevant truths and a must have for pastors and all Christians, amazing resource!

Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2021
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This was an incredible resource both for me to understand my own minds chemical process of addiction but also to see how this very specific sin paralyzes and erodes your ability to respond, confess, and repent. This a book is filled with hope when it was thought there was none, it provides a path to victory in Jesus!

Must Have

Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2020
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This is the best book that I’ve ever read. Ted did such an amazing job at balancing the research with stories and personal thoughts. 12/10. Great, great, great read.

The best book on this topic and a game changer.

Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2020
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I have read at least a dozen works on this subject. This one is the best. If you want to understand the drivers of porn addiction, look no further.
I have looked for a resource I could recommend to people without qualification. This is that resource. I’ve encountered great books on this topic. Many are extremely helpful. This one achieves more than the rest and avoids some of the other’s excesses and reductionism. Further, this book gave me the categories, insights, and counter-formative practices needed to understand and overcome my own struggles with lust and pornography. Anyone can break free from unwanted sexual behaviors with a thorough grasp of the principles outlined in this book.

A groundbreaking book!

Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2020
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As someone who has studied pornography for the last twenty-five years, I can confidently say Shimer does a masterful job of weaving together accurate statistics, science, and personal stories that bring the material to life. The array of topics he covers so well in one book is very impressive. I highly recommend his landmark book.

A Comprehensive Treatment of Gaining Freedom from Sexual Addiction

Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020
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Since I work with men who struggle with sexual addiction, I’m constantly looking for great resources. This is an excellent and comprehensive treatment of the problem as well as the solution. The author has keen insight into this issue drawing from scientific, psychological and spiritual truth. I especially like that he treats this as a female as well as a male issue with balanced examples from both genders. I can’t wait to get this book in the hands of the people I mentor. This is a must read for anyone struggling with sexual addiction or helping those who do to find freedom.


Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2020
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With excruciating clarity Shimer pulls back the veil concealing a far great pandemic in America than COVID: the use of and addiction to pornography. But FREEDOM FIGHT goes far beyond the diagnostic. Shimer shows the reader how to identify and deal with the underlying roots of their addiction—offering practical ways to break the emotional power of their addiction—and conducting basic training in how to retrain the brain to function based on one’s true identity. This book offers ‘a positive way out’ for those trapped in addictive behavior of any kind.

GET THIS BOOK NOW! You can’t ignore this topic any longer!

Reviewed in the United States on November 9, 2020
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Being in ministry for the last 12 years I’ve seen my fair share of casualties when it comes to sexual sin. Most people want to ignore this topic because they don’t know how to handle it. Not anymore! The Freedom Fight is the perfect tool to start helping find recovery from sexual sin and addiction. It uses Scripture as it’s the source to address the root of addiction but doesn’t ignore discoveries that have been made about brain science. Don’t try to address this topic anymore without using the tools in this book!