Unconditional: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs-Christians Debate (2013)
Author(s): Justin Lee
Amazon UK: Unconditional
Standpoint: 1 Fully inclusive and affirming
Topic(s): 'Ex-gay' movement/ministries, Accepting one's sexuality, Biblical studies, Coming out, Conversion therapy/Reparative therapy, Discrimination against and hostility towards LGBT+ people, Healing/growing into wholeness, Homosexuality in the Bible, Journeys towards acceptance, Pastoral issues, and Same-sex relationships
Especially suitable for: Evangelicals and Those struggling to accept their sexuality or gender identity
Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of the Gay Christian Network (GCN), a non-profit, interdenominational organisation working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians and support people on both sides wrestling with related issues. A passionate Christian from a conservative evangelical background, Justin thought he knew everything there was to know about the Christian approach to homosexuality – until unexpected events turned his world upside down and forced him to reconsider everything he believed. Today, his organisation works with individuals, families and churches to stop the debate from tearing people apart. In this compelling memoir Lee tells the story of his journey to self-acceptance as a gay Christian.
“‘Gay. The word seemed to hold the weight of eternity within its single syllable. As strange as it may seem, in all the years I had struggled with my sexuality, the idea that I could be “gay” had simply never crossed my mind. I was a Christian! That was my whole life! And Christians weren’t gay.’ This could be the most important book you read this year. It’s a memoir. An exploration of what is, and what could be. Most of all, it’s a clarion call to the church – to rediscover the love that Jesus called us to. Unconditionally. So many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people give up on Christianity because they cannot reconcile who they are with what they were brought up to believe that the Bible teaches about sexuality. Here is a wonderfully told story of a brave young homosexual man who has struggled to hold onto his faith while still affirming himself as gay. This is a must-read.” — Tony Campolo
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