Just Love: A Journey of Self-Acceptance (2018)
Author(s): Jayne Ozanne
Amazon UK: Just Love
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Memoir/autobiography and Spirituality
Topic(s): Accepting one's sexuality, Coming out, Inclusive Christianity, and Same-sex relationships
Especially suitable for: Church of England, Evangelicals, and Those struggling to accept their sexuality or gender identity
Just Love is the autobiography of Jayne Ozanne, a prominent gay Anglican, who struggled for over 40 years to reconcile her faith with her sexuality before becoming one of the leading campaigners for LGBTI acceptance in the Church. Her journey includes powerful faith encounters with people across the world, from Argentina to Moscow and from the jungles of Burma to the White House. She gives an inside view of what it was like to be a founding member of the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council and of working alongside international figures such as Tony Blair and Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad. After many years of anguish seeking to be made straight, she finally decided she had no choice but to come out – and to face the ostracism that followed. Jayne’s story serves as a lifeline for LGBTI Christians struggling to reconcile their faith with their sexuality, and forces the Church to reflect on the impact of its current teaching.
“Thank you for this gripping auto-biography, Jayne, I could not put it down. So much of your experience resonated with my own personal rejection from the Evangelical church. My naïveté in expecting acceptance from them after marrying the woman I love (thus ‘ordering my life’) makes me laugh now. It is so encouraging to realise we are not alone in our struggle for inclusion but have such a wise and loving advocate in you. May this book bring support and comfort to all those also being left out in the cold. May it also open the eyes of the bigots trapped in their own safety net of legalism.” — Lolephine
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