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4.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 54.26 out of 5 4.26 (19 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wesley Hill Narrator: Adam Black Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780310591801
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"Gay," "Christian," and "celibate" don't often appear in the same sentence. Yet many who sit next to us in the pew at church fit that description, says author Wesley Hill.

As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God's "No" to same-sex relationships. What does it mean for gay Christians to live faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God's will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Those who choose celibacy are often left to deal with loneliness and the hunger for relationships. How can gay Christians experience God's favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of shame and guilt?

Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, such as Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hill offers a fresh perspective on these questions. He advocates neither unqualified "healing" for those who struggle, nor their accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness. "I hope this book may encourage other homosexual Christians to take the risky step of opening up their lives to others in the body of Christ," Hill writes. "In so doing, they may find, as I have, by grace, that being known is spiritually healthier than remaining behind closed doors, that the light is better than the darkness."

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nora | 2/7/2014

    " Powerful. This book answered all my questions, and is a message to us all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/31/2014

    " Exceptionally well done. Balanced, careful, thoughtful, painfully honest. Hill holds in tension and is faithful to both experience and theology. A rare gem of a book. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barnabas Piper | 1/20/2014

    " I really appreciate Wesley Hill's book. This was both eye-opening as well as hope-giving, I think. I read it in order to learn how to love and serve gay Christians, and it was enormously helpful. This is a very valuable book for believers who are not gay who want to be better brothers or sisters for those who are gay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Brewer | 1/11/2014

    " A must-read for anyone involved in ministry! Wesley Hill gives a very honest account of his struggles and reminds the church that it's not enough to say "Jesus' love can replace your desire for human love". He presents a well thought-out dialog that has been absent in our Christian literature on homosexuality and the church. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave Swavely | 12/1/2013

    " Wow! I was so moved by this book, because I struggle in a similar way, though with different sins, and because it shows that God's grace is applicable to everyone, regardless of their background, orientation, etc etc. The only concern I have is with the author's constant reference to himself as gay or homosexual...I understand what he means, that he has always been attracted to the same sex, but it seems that he should identify himself (and find his identity) not in being gay (or straight, for that matter) but in his being adopted by God and in union with Christ. I'm looking forward to reading a similar book by Christopher Yuan, which I just ordered, called "Out of a Far Country"...I think Yuan might possibly have a better approach to the issue of how he identifies and views himself in Christ. We'll see...let me know what you think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 11/30/2013

    " Wish I could have read this book 20 years ago. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Wilbur | 11/27/2013

    " LOVED this man's vulnerability, honesty and faithfulness to God's Word, a real overcomer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Buchanan | 8/29/2013

    " Much needed book on the topic of celibacy for those who struggle with same-sex attractions. I don't support his identifying as a "Gay Christian". Confusing terminology in this culture and I don't believe the label can be justified biblically. Otherwise, a useful resource. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Seth | 7/12/2013

    " Intensely personal yet theologically rich, the author takes an intellectually serious and Biblically faithful look at a tough cultural issue "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicolas | 5/29/2013

    " A very intimate personal reflection. A good introduction to one view of how christians should approach and respond to homosexuality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Thornill | 5/14/2012

    " I found this an excellent read, very thought provoking. It provides a solid Christian perspective, so much so that I think there is application for any follower of Jesus. I highly recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dana | 3/14/2012

    " Great read for Christians wishing to understand the struggle for those who identify themselves as homosexual but wish to live life according to the standards of the Gospel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brady | 12/6/2011

    " An important book that is hopefully the start to a larger conversation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Henry | 9/9/2011

    " So honest and sincere. A must read for anyone struggling with this issue no matter why your opinion on the topic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cara | 8/17/2011

    " This book was so awesome that I wrote a blog post about it! I found it to be so relatable as it pertains to the struggle against sin, and so insightful theologically. It challenged me to by more empathetic and loving to my brothers and sisters in Christ who are dealing with heavy burdens. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawn Thornton | 7/22/2011

    " Great perspective and resource for individuals, families, and churches struggling to find a non-political, biblical, caring, and grace-based approach to a struggle with same sex attraction. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicolas | 5/13/2011

    " A very intimate personal reflection. A good introduction to one view of how christians should approach and respond to homosexuality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth | 3/20/2011

    " Intensely personal yet theologically rich, the author takes an intellectually serious and Biblically faithful look at a tough cultural issue?from the inside. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 W. | 11/1/2010

    " Everyone needs to read this book. Period. And you have no excuse not to, as it's only 150 short, easy (well intellectually; certainly not emotionally) pages. "

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About the Narrator

Adam Black is a narrator of audiobooks known for his readings of My Name is Russel Fink, The Well, and Washed and Waiting, among others.