A special multi-media DVD-CD is set to release this week, addressing a problem that plagues nearly 60 percent of Christian men as well as 35 percent of women.
"Somebody's Daughter: A Journey to Freedom from Pornography" will be available Friday and includes a television documentary detailing the lives of three men and one couple active in Christian ministry who struggle with and eventually overcome addiction to pornography. Also included are nine therapeutic songs, four illustrative music videos, eight personal vignettes, and a study guide curriculum for individuals, counselors and churches.
"The 'Somebody's Daughter' DVD presents a compelling and heart-breaking case against the destructive effect of pornography in our culture," commented Larry Malone, director of the United Methodist Men Ministries, in a published endorsement.
"Pornography is ravaging the power of Christianity before our very eyes," he added. "When these video resources are matched with inspired music, lyrics and personal testimony, the war against pornography is engaged, and new territory is claimed for Christ."
The upcoming DVD-CD comes as recent surveys have found that nearly 60 percent of Christian men, 37 percent of pastors, and 35 percent of women admit to struggling with pornography.
It also comes not long after the recent media storm that struck following the confession of high-profile Australian preacher Michael Guglielmucci, who admitted to faking his two-year battle with cancer to hide his 16-year obsession with pornography.
Guglielmucci – who shocked not only the megachurch his parents established, Edge Church International in Australia, but the world-wide Christian movement with his confession last month – has been addicted to pornography since the age of 12, according to his father.
"This is who I am ... I'm addicted to the stuff, it consumes my mind," Michael Guglielmucci said of pornography in his first interview on Today Tonight since the story of his cover-up was first revealed on AdelaideNow.
"I'm sick and this is why I had to come up some sort of explanation of what was happening in my body," he added.
In a culture where sexuality and porn is now a part of everyday life, porn addiction in the Church is escalating.
In a poll conducted last year by ChristaNet.com, 50 percent of Christian men and 20 percent of Christian women were found to be addicted to pornography.
Furthermore, the survey found 60 percent of Christian women admitting to having significant struggles with lust; 40 percent saying they were involved in sexual sin in the past year; and 20 percent struggling with looking at pornography on an ongoing basis.
"We are seeing an escalation to the problem in both men and women who regularly attend church," said ChistiaNet.com president Bill Cooper.
The concept for the "Somebody's Daughter" project was born from a song of the same name written by Christian recording artist John Mandeville and Steve Siler, founder and director of the Music for the Soul ministry, after Mandeville revealed to Siler his struggles with pornography.
After attending a meeting for sex addicts, the two men wrote the song to illustrate that women should be viewed as a creation of a Holy God, and as a starting point for Mandeville's healing.
Since then, Music for the Soul has produced 18 music and spoken word tracks, four music videos and a television documentary – all compiled on the new release, "Somebody's Daughter." A curriculum guide is also available to help churches and ministries implement the resources on the DVD and CD.
"You can tell God's hand is all over this thing," expressed Rick White, senior pastor of The People's Church in Franklin, Tenn.
"This is the most powerful music I have ever heard," he said in his published endorsement for the project. "I've worn my CD out! Nothing has moved me as deeply as this project."
Following the DVD-CD's Sept. 19 release, the premiere of "Somebody's Daughter" will take place Sept. 27 at Trinity Baptist Church in Apopka, Fla., 15 miles north of Orlando. It is also scheduled to air Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 on the ION Television Network (formerly PAX TV). The documentary also is slated to air on INSP, Faith TV and "It's Time for Herman & Sharron."
The DVD-CD set will be available at somebodysdaughter.org and is being distributed to Christian retailers by Vision Video.
Ten percent of sales of the project will be donated to Christian counseling centers to aid in counseling people with pornography addictions.