Book Review: Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn

by David Nelson

Shelley Lubben’s new book, Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn: The Greatest Illusion on Earth, could and should be in the running for most culturally relevant autobiographies for 2010. Every sex therapy counselor (secular or Christian), pastor, sex ed teacher and father should have a copy of Lubben’s book on their shelf. One cannot deny the dense impact the sex industry has on the entire world, not to mention the deadly effect it has on the Church and her leaders. Considering that nearly every major cultural shift is in someway touched or affected by sex, it would take a very, very special story of life, death and rebirth to not just address this worldwide addiction epidemic, but in every way to tear the lid off the can of lies that feeds the porn industry and its brainwashed users. Lubben’s book accomplishes all of that in spades.

Appropriately edited into six “Acts,” “Truth” captures the gritty foundation of Lubben’s life and struggle in the first two. Beginning with her childhood—negligent father, verbally/emotionally abusive mother, early childhood sexual abuse, teenage prostitution and stripping—the reader is quickly taken into the gut-wrenching journey of a traumatic fall from grace. And just as the reader is catching their breath thinking, “It can’t get any worse than this,” it does.

Act Two introduces the public to a world so few truly know yet are unfortunately all too aware of as consumers: the life (or near death) of a porn star. Lubben graphically depicts unimaginable physical, psychological and spiritual horrors even the most committed therapist would find inexplicable. She unflinchingly details everything from her first film, to contracting herpes, to being kidnapped by hustlers for sex slavery in brothels in Mexico (think the film Taken). The list and the shock and the pain continue. Yet, right when the dialogue gets to a point of no return: Jesus shows up and hope is born.

What is remarkably intriguing about Lubben’s story is not that she has lived to tell about it (though that is a true miracle in and of itself), but it’s the pure hope and faith that, albeit messy and unorthodox, stands as a monument upon the ash heap of Satan’s attempt on her life. It’s crystal clear that it is only by the power of Jesus Christ that she is alive today sharing her story, and that truly is the saving grace of her book.

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