Going to Heaven: The Life and Election of Bishop Gene Robinson (2006)
Amazon UK: Going to Heaven
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): History, Memoir/autobiography, and Spirituality
Topic(s): Accepting one's sexuality, Church order and discipline, Coming out, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Healing/growing into wholeness, Inclusive Christianity, Pastoral issues, Same-sex relationships, and Spirituality
Especially suitable for: Anglicans, Clergy, Those struggling to accept their sexuality or gender identity, and Those who are undecided about the homosexuality issue
Gene Robinson’s life is a compelling story of challenges overcome by hard work, intelligence, humour, love, and deep faith. It is also a story of one man’s journey into his own “otherness”; of courage found and integrity retained; and the emergence of a ministry that speaks to countless people who believe in a Gospel of love and inclusion, and want the church to reflect that vision.
Through a lively text based on extensive interviews with Bishop Robinson, his closest associates, family, colleagues, and observers, and illustrated with photographs from all phases of his life, this book paints a portrait of Bishop Robinson not as a symbol but a human being who is, as he puts it, “neither the angel nor the devil some would make me out to be.” It illuminates his life; his struggle with – and eventual acceptance of – his sexual orientation; his calling to become a priest and later a bishop.
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