Pushing at the Frontiers of Change: A Memoir of Quaker Involvement with Homosexuality (2012)
Author(s): David Blamires
Amazon UK: Pushing at the Frontiers of Change
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Genre(s): Contemporary Christian practice and experience, History, Memoir/autobiography, and Spirituality
Topic(s): Accepting one's sexuality, Coming out, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Healing/growing into wholeness, Journeys towards acceptance, Same-sex relationships, and Studies in Religion
Especially suitable for: Contemplatives and Those struggling to accept their sexuality or gender identity
“I realised that the author’s own experience was really my experience too. The two experiences were only distinguishable in that my own story was one of living in the stuffy closet when I felt threatened, and sticking a toe or a leg out or perhaps even showing my face when things felt safe. David Blamires, on the other hand, seemed to be brave at the same time that I had been a complete coward. Why, he had even attended the same Cambridge Meeting, the very meeting where I had attended, and been too timid to express my hidden self.
“For me, David Blamires’ book has acted as a powerful and opposite force. I sense that he himself has lived through enough days in the stuffy closet. For me this book has smashed that smelly cupboard to splinters and helped liberate me from my self-constructed tyranny; but more importantly than that, the book has brought me back to a few folks who have been my Friends in both senses of the word for over forty years now: the one of common meaning, and the other as in the original meaning of ‘Quaker’ as a Friend of the Truth.” — andavane
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