Secrets: A Story of Addiction, Infidelity, and Second Chances
by Jonathan Daugherty
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Everyone has a secret or two, a part of their life they would rather not share with the rest of the world. But for Jonathan Daugherty, his secret was so life-altering and relationship-ending that he fought to keep it hidden at all costs. And it did cost him. His secret kept him from contentment, peace, and the possibility of being known and loved for who he truly is. That’s what any secret addiction can do—but in particular a sex addiction.
After his wife finally discovered his secret, their marriage appeared to be over. In Secrets, Jonathan honestly and courageously shares his story of addiction to pornography and how he lost everything to it.
But that’s not how the story ends. While Jonathan struggled, someone else was at work—his heavenly Father. At the lowest possible moment of his life, God stepped in and brought him hope and healing. This is a story of both loss and redemption that gives hope to anyone who has ever experienced the power and struggle of addiction and its life-destroying effects. Addiction doesn’t have the final say over Jonathan’s life or in his marriage. The God who finds the lost, heals the sick, and brings life from death has the last, victorious word.
This is a courageous, honest and open account of life as a sex addict and how sex addition destroys marriages. Each chapter includes a “Living in the Light” section designed to equip and help readers find freedom from addiction. It can be used as a study for support groups of addicts and those who care about them.
Jonathan Daugherty is the founder of Be Broken Ministries, and founder of Gateway to Freedom workshop for men. He also hosts the weekly radio broadcast, Pure Sex Radio, and is in demand nationally as a speaker on sexual purity and men’s issues. He has appeared on multiple radio and television media, both local and national. Jonathan is the author of Secrets: A True Story of Addiction, Infidelity, and Second Chances, Grace-Based Recovery: A Safe Place to Heal and Grow, The 4 Pillars of Purity, and other works. Jonathan lives with his wife and three children in San Antonio, Texas.
"Sexual addiction is devastating—to the person who is addicted as well as to those who love them. It's a difficult topic to address, but one that has to be met head-on. Secrets must be revealed for healing to occur. If you or someone you care for is struggling with sexual addiction, take hope in Jonathan Daugherty's transparent example."
Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family
"Finally, a book that poignantly portrays the honest struggles of a man's heart, the desperate cries of his soul, the longings of his hopes and dreams, and the unending grace of the God that saves him. Jonathan gives a step-by-step account of the bondage he experienced as a result of hiding and what it took to find the truth about himself. Secrets brings it all into the Light!"
Lee Preston, Director & Counselor, Shadow of His Wings Ministry
"It's no secret. There is always a different kind of credibility, and a different kind of hope, when you hear the words of someone who has been to the dark side and returned. Jonathan Daugherty has been there, but God himself brought him back. If you want hope and insight for your life, a loved one, or your ministry—why not get it from one who has experienced the solution? Why not learn how to escape the death-roll of a life trapped in the chains of secrets? Help is here."
Dr. Fred Lybrand, Senior Pastor, Northeast Bible Church, San Antonio