Start with One

Author: Adam Mastroianni
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781530773206
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Adam grew up in a typical Italian-American community, with a great family and wonderful friends. But for more than a decade, he desperately hid the most painful secret of his life. Start With One details Adam's journey through understanding his own sexuality, the struggles of coming out to his loved ones, and his religious and moral conflicts. This heartfelt story depicts what it takes to be true to oneself and others while battling deeply rooted cultural prejudices. Adam reveals the process of breaking free from society's chains, which forced him to believe that he couldn't identify as both a gay male and a Christian. He tackles the monumental social, political, and professional changes in the world and himself. Start With One provides a vital call for human equality while embodying true and unconditional love. In an effort to help spread awareness into one of the most misunderstood and prejudiced topics in society, for each book that is sold, one free copy will be donated. The donated books will be distributed along with a list of LGBT resources to high schools, churches, homeless shelters and organizations nationwide. If even one person's life can be changed, the work will have been well worth the effort.

Gay and Catholic

Author: Eve Tushnet
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 1594715432
Format: PDF, ePub
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Winner of a 2015 Catholic Press Award: Gender Issues Category (First Place). In this first book from an openly lesbian and celibate Catholic, widely published writer and blogger Eve Tushnet recounts her spiritual and intellectual journey from liberal atheism to faithful Catholicism and shows how gay Catholics can love and be loved while adhering to Church teaching. Eve Tushnet was among the unlikeliest of converts. The only child of two atheist academics, Tushnet was a typical Yale undergraduate until the day she went out to poke fun at a gathering of philosophical debaters, who happened also to be Catholic. Instead of enjoying mocking what she termed the “zoo animals,” she found herself engaged in intellectual conversation with them and, in a move that surprised even her, she soon converted to Catholicism. Already self-identifying as a lesbian, Tushnet searched for a third way in the seeming two-option system available to gay Catholics: reject Church teaching on homosexuality or reject the truth of your sexuality. Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith is the fruit of Tushnet’s searching: what she learned in studying Christian history and theology and her articulation of how gay Catholics can pour their love and need for connection into friendships, community, service, and artistic creation.

Children of Abraham

Author: Tallal Alie Turfe
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 1475990472
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Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have similar traditions and are deeply connected. The prevailing belief and practice of each is monotheistic, and all believe that God revealed Himself to Prophet Abraham, the cornerstone of the three faiths. In Children of Abraham, author Tallal Alie Turfe, a champion for religious tolerance, explores the Scriptures, common histories, traditions, and similarities among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. He is a strong advocate of interfaith dialogue that offers the chance for better understanding, collaboration, and partnership toward a safer and peaceful world. Children of Abraham offers solutions toward fostering a deeper sense of unity by bringing the followers of the three faiths together to bridge the gap and build connections across religious and cultural differences. “The author has compiled a wonderful collection of data driven facts as well as thoughtful religious views to help 21st Century followers of Abrahamic religions understand and respect each other....” Rabbi Emeritus Allen S. Maller, Temple Akiba “A must read by those who are in a position of influence such as Rabbis, Pastors, Imams, and other religious leaders. Children of Abraham provides a period of dialogue without imposition or conversion....” Father Dr. George H. Shalhoub, St. Mary Orthodox Church “Professor Tallal Turfe has eloquently written and thoroughly portrayed the commonalities between the Abrahamic religions. Children of Abraham will inspire followers of these faiths toward the common cause of peace, tolerance, ethics, and mutual respect....” Imam Abdul Latif Berry, Islamic Institute of Knowledge

What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality

Author: Daniel A. Helminiak
Publisher: Alamo Square Distributors
ISBN:
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Top scholars--such as Yale history professor John Boswell and New Testament professors L. William Countryman of Berkeley and Robin Scroggs of Union Theological Seminary--show that those who perceive Bible passages as condemning homosexuality are being misled by faulty translation and poor interpretation.

A Life of Unlearning

Author: Anthony Venn-Brown
Publisher: New Holland Pub Pty Limited
ISBN: 9781741105469
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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We are all living a life of unlearning: unlearning the things we have accepted without question, but which have no truth in our lives. On the surface, Anthony Venn-Brown was a happily married father-of-two and a leader in the Assemblies of God Church-but he was living a lie. Tired of feeling torn and fragmented, he confessed and came out. The results of that confession took him on a lonely journey that made him who he is today. Abandoned by the church, which considered homosexuality an abomination, Anthony lost everything he'd worked for and everyone he cared about. It was the hardest thing he'd ever done-but he had to be honest with himself and discover his true path. This revised edition includes updated insights, feedback from readers and an open letter to all denominations. Book jacket.

Gay Metropolis

Author: Charles Kaiser
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780753806623
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Combining history with cultural analysis, this is a social, cultural and political history of gay life in the major cities of the world since the 1940s. Focusing on New York, London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, the book chronicles the importance of urban centres in the evolution of gay culture.

Hiding from Myself

Author: Bryan Christopher
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780692382899
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"Unforgettable. This book will stay with me the rest of my life." Amazon reviewer AndreamsYou can't turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper without seeing "gay" in a headline: from the issue of gay marriage boiling in the cauldron of politics and religion, to bullied gay teens tragically taking their own lives, to countries passing legislation making it a crime to be gay.Few social issues ignite such passion from all sides. For those who see homosexuality as immoral and a sin, the notion of gay marriage is intolerable. For those who are gay, being excluded and shamed is simply intolerant. Bryan Christopher's life has been spent straddling this great divide.As a boy raised under the blinding Friday Night Lights of the Bible belt of Texas, from the playground to the pulpit one message was consistent: "queers" deserved to be smeared. And at the dawn of puberty, Bryan knew he was in trouble: he was staring limply at the pages of his dad's Playboy. That's when the hiding began. And in his neck of the woods, it left him with one viable option: change. "Hiding from Myself: A Memoir" chronicles his zealous crusade: from ringing doorbells for Jesus in the Castro of San Francisco to sorting through Hugh Hefner's dirty laundry as a butler at the Playboy Mansion; from the beer-soaked trenches of his UCLA fraternity house to wholehearted immersion into "ex-gay" conversion therapy. As Bryan walked the straight and narrow in Hollywood, he found the narrow path to have more twists and turns than he could ever have imagined...

A Life of Unlearning

Author: Anthony Venn-Brown
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780994152411
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There comes a time comes when we have to face realities in life. For some, reality slaps them in the face - refusing to be ignored. On the surface, everything looked perfect. Anthony Venn-Brown was a popular, high-profile preacher in Australia's growing mega-churches, such as Hillsong, and happily married father-of-two. Behind the scenes was a different story. Believing homosexuality made him unacceptable to God and others, a secret battle was being fought. After twenty-two years of struggle and torment, a chance meeting forced Anthony to make the toughest decision of his life. Tired of feeling torn and fragmented, he confessed and came out. Abandoned by his church and Christian friends Anthony began his life of unlearning; a lonely journey that made him who he is today. This honest account highlights not only the costs of being true to yourself but that the rewards of authenticity and integrity are worth it. As Anthony's story is ultimately about being true to one's self - whether you're gay or straight, religious or non believer - you'll find relevance in this triumphant autobiography.

Slaves Women Homosexuals

Author: William J. Webb
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830815616
Format: PDF, ePub
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This volume by William J. Webb explores the hermeneutical maze that accompanies any treatment of these three controversial topics and takes a new step toward breaking down walls within the evangelical community related to them.