Steve Arterburn couldn't resist the joke at his own expense. When he learned that a Pennsylvania judge last week sentenced a sex offender to read one of his books on addiction, the Laguna Beach- based Christian radio host and author cracked wise on his website about the book being so bad it was considered punishment to read.
I picked Arterburn's brain for a while Monday to find out what might have so impressed Judge Anthony Beltrami about "Every Man's Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time." The judge, who said he couldn't discuss the sentencing with me because of court rules, ordered the 27-year-old defendant to read the book and write a report on it, according to the Express-Times in Easton, Pa. The judge also sentenced the man, convicted of having sex with two 14-year-old girls he met online, to one to two years in jail and five years' probation.
Arterburn says he heard the judge hadn't read the book, one of 70 that he's either written or co-written. He presumes he learned of it from workshops that Arterburn and his New Life Ministries have held around the country in recent years. He says 5,000 men have attended the meetings, which feature Christian psychologists and group sessions. "The men then go back home and confess to their wives what they're involved with," Arterburn says. "It's his best day and her worst day."