¡�t of us (sex offender therapists) are presented with the occasional client
who uses their religious faith as a foil to avoid the difficult work that this
therapy entails. Tim Horton¡¯s book, Walk the walk: A treatment supplement for
sex offenders with Christian beliefs, extends a knowing hand that connects
treatment efforts to religious beliefs. It shows that Christian salvation is
synonymous with taking responsibility and getting help to control deviant
behavior. It also shows that spiritual power can be harnessed in the effort to do
right. I would encourage all clinicians to examine this tool for their clients, and
expect that many will also find the content informative and inspirational.¡쯩>
Tay Bosley, Psy.D. Program Director
Secure Care Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment Services
New Jersey Training School for Boys, Jamesburg, NJ
"Finally there is a book that addresses Christian values and spirituality, while
insisting that sex offenders be held accountable for their abuse! These two
streams of thought are not polar opposites, can be integrated, and are woven
into the same fabric with-in this text. I have especially found the 'Christian
thinking errors' chapter useful with my clients."
Kim Batt-Lincoln, LPCP, Sexual Issues Specialist/Clinician.
Idaho State School and Hospital, Nampa, ID
¡᳠a sex offender therapist, I have found Walk The Walk to be very helpful in
working with sex offenders who try to use a distorted view of Christianity to
avoid treatment and accountability for their behavior. In a healthy and
respectful manner, this workbook nicely combines the basic concepts of sex
offender treatment and Christian beliefs. It helps sex offenders overcome their
denial and resistance to sex offender treatment. Spiritual beliefs and
specifically Christian teaching are not irrelevant to some sex offenders and
others trying to create lasting change in their lives and to repair the damage
to people they have hurt. If religious beliefs are not directly addressed by
therapists, as they are in Walk The Walk, some sex offenders will have a
difficult time involving themselves in sex offender treatment in a productive
way. These sex offenders may wrongly believe that because they have been
¡毲given,¡നey no longer have to be concerned with sex offender treatment or
be held accountable by secular authorities. I highly recommend this workbook
for those sex offender therapists and their clients struggling to incorporate
Christian teachings with sex offender treatment.¡쯩>
Tom Hearn, ACSW, Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider
North Idaho Treatment Associates
- Introduction: Alive Man Walking
- Amazing Grace - Here I set the foundation for this book as the amazing grace of God.
Without God¡¯s grace, there would be no reason to write this book
- Forgiveness, Consequences and the Symbionese Liberation Army - Using news
from the headlines, I discuss the reality of the long-term consequences of your behavior,
even though you are forgiven and covered by God's grace.
- You Are Not An Island: The Siege at Khe Sanh, The Hanoi Hilton and
Accountability - Using examples from the history books, in this chapter you are urged
not to be isolated and to seek help from others.
- The Devil Made Me Do It: Roach Motels and Punji Traps- Within the framework
of personal responsibility, I discuss Satan¡¯s traps and the influence that he has over
the world. I'll encourage you to be vigilant and aware.
- Making Things Right Again: Redemption and a John Deere Tractor- In this
chapter, the need for you to do what it takes to make things right again is discussed.
- Traps In A Box: Pornography and Deviant Sexual Fantasies - Here the ever
increasing problem of Internet pornography and the hold that it can have on any Christian
man is explained.
- Spiritual Cosmetics and Thinking Errors - I will show you how correcting
thinking errors is a scriptural concept and how the Bible encourages you to transform
yourself "by the renewing of your mind." Included In this chapter are also some
¡㨲istian¡നinking errors that some persons who have committed a sexual offense
use to avoid responsibility
- This Means War! Another Relapse Prevention Plan - This chapter shows you
scriptural concepts supporting the relapse prevention plan. Here I make the point that you
need to replace your negative thoughts with positive thoughts, deal with your negative
feelings in healthy ways, and avoid or escape high-risk situations.
- You Don¡¯t Have To Be The Giving Tree: A Chapter For The Non-
Offending Parents - This Chapter is especially written for significant others, parents of
your victims, or your wives (If you are married). It is written with the understanding of
the difficult situation that you put them in.
- Rules to live by at Home and at Church - This chapter gives you guidelines, or
rules of conduct for you in your home, community and church.
- Walk Humbly With Your God - I send you on your way and encourage you to walk the walk.