Sexual Addiction Reading List

(The following list was compiled and located on

Sexual Addiction Reading List

The following books and articles are suggested to help pornography users and their spouses or family members. Note: Except for the Ensign articles listed below, these resources are not official Church publications.

Books to Help Pornography Users

• Confronting Pornography: A Guide to Prevention and Recovery for Individuals, Loved Onces, and Leaders, edited by Mark Chamberlain, Dan Gray, and Rory Reid

• Willpower Is Not Enough: Why We Don’t Succeed at Change, Dean Byrd and Mark Chamberlain

• Putting on the Armor of God, Steven A. Cramer

• The Worth of a Soul: A Personal Account of Excommunication and Conversion, Steven A. Cramer

• Turn Yourselves and Live, Rod W. Jeppsen

• Line upon Line, Precept upon Precept . . .,  Rod W. Jeppsen

• Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior, Jeffrey M. Schwartz

• Wanting More: The Challenge of Enjoyment in the Age of Addiction, Mark Chamberlain

• The Drug of the New Millennium: The Brain Science behind Internet Pornography Use, Mark Kastleman

• Where Do You Draw the Line?: An Exploration into Media Violence, Pornography, and Censorship, Victor Cline

• Breaking the Cycle of Compulsive Behavior, Martha Nibley Beck and John C. Beck

• Facing the Shadow: Starting Sexual and Relationship Recovery, Patrick Carnes

• He Did Deliver Me from Bondage, Colleen Harrison

• Out Of The Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction, Patrick Carnes

• Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict, Patrick Carnes

• Sexaholics Anonymous White Book

Books to Help Spouses and Family Members

• Boundaries and Relationships: Knowing, Protecting, and Enjoying the Self, Charles Whitfield

• Discussing Pornography Problems with a Spouse: Confronting and Disclosing Secret Behaviors, Rory C. Reid and Dan Gray

• Dance of Intimacy: A Woman’s Guide to Courageous Act of Change in Key Relationships, Harriet Lerner

• Purity and Passion: Spiritual Truths about Intimacy That Will Strengthen Your Marriage, Wendy L. Watson

• After the Affair: Healing the Pain and Rebuilding Trust When a Partner Has Been Unfaithful, Janis A. Spring

• How Can I Forgive You?: The Courage to Forgive, the Freedom Not To, Janis A. Spring

• Codependent No More: Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself, Melody Beattie

• Lord, I Believe; Help Thou Mine Unbelief, Rod W. Jeppsen

Articles to Help Pornography Users and Their Loved Ones

• “The Sanctity of Womanhood,” Richard G. Scott, Ensign, May 2000, 36–38

• “Finding the Way Back,” Richard G. Scott, Ensign, May 1990, 74–76

• “Focus and Priorities,” Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 2001, 82–84

• “Revelation in a Changing World,” Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov. 1989, 14–16

• “According to the Desire of [Our] Hearts,” Neal A. Maxwell, Ensign, Nov. 1996, 21–23

• “Tangled in the Web,” Name Withheld, Ensign, Aug. 2001, 48–51

• “You Can’t Pet a Rattlesnake,” David E. Sorensen, Ensign, May 2001, 41–42

• “The Pornography Trap,” Victor Cline and Brad Wilcox, Marriage and Families, Sept. 2002, 10

• “Leave the Obscene Unseen,” R. Gary Shapiro, Ensign, Aug. 1989, 26–29

• “A Tragic Evil among Us,” Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, Nov. 2004, 59–62

• “Pornography,” Dallin H. Oaks, Ensign, May 2005, 87–90

Sexual Addiction Reading List

The books and articles on this page are suggested to help pornography users, their spouses and family members, and even ecclesiastical leaders. These resources are categorized by (1) books to help pornography users, (2) books to help spouses and family members, and (3) articles to help pornography users and their loved ones. Please note that no self-help book has all the answers or all the truth. They should be used as an adjunct to ecclesiastical and professional assistance.


  1. Cynthia

    I also highly recommend Dr Doug Weiss. He has tremendous resources for both the addict and the partner.
    Also for the partners, Mending A Shattered Heart by Stefanie Carnes is a very good first read in navigating the pain and recovery.

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