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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; First edition (1 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736912118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736912112
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 15.5 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I read Desires in Conflict for the first time when I was 19. I was fighting my own personal battle with homosexuality, sure that freedom wasn't possible and afraid that God and the Church hated me. More than a decade later, I am free of desires that once held me captive, strong in my faith, married to my amazing wife, Leslie, and currently the Executive Director of Exodus International, North America. The Lord used Desires in Conflict to shine a light into the darkness and to help guide me out of homosexuality. Joe Dallas has eternally impacted a generation of young people like me."

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Joe Dallas is an author, speaker, and pastoral counselor who conducts seminars nationwide. He is the founder of Genesis Biblical Solutions in Tustin, California, and has written six books on human sexuality from a Christian perspective, including such authoritative resources as the bestselling Desires in Conflict, The Complete Christian Guide to Understanding Homosexuality, and The Gay Gospel? His articles have been featured in Christianity Today magazine and the Journal of Psychology and Christianity, and he is a regular contributor to the Christian Research Journal.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun. 1998
Format: Paperback
This book was like looking in a mirror for me. In a tough-love sort of personal way, the author speaks to the reader in the first person, and takes away much, if not all, of the confusion experienced by the Christian who is struggling with the spiritually conflicting desire to love people of the same gender in a way which, according to the Bible, God forbids.
The question, "Why am I this way?" was answered from many avenues as the author shared the growing pains experienced by people whom he has counselled over the years. I found that there are many others out there just like me.
There is a reason we struggle with these desires, and it is not because we were born this way. This book delivers a foundation for solid hope of leaving these desires behind, through Christ, and through healthy relationships. That is what the reader can expect from this book, if he is willing to listen.
This book speaks mostly to men, although there is a section dedicated to women as well. And the author is not just a professional counsellor, he himself is a "struggler."
The Body of Christ would do well also, by reading this book. The Church will never effectively deal with homosexuality in our society, until it learns to deal with it effectively within its own self. Many in the family are wounded and confused, because it simply doesn't know how to help us.
Most Sincerely, Dean
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 1999
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Joe Dallas has been through it all and is able to speak not only from a strong Biblical and psychological knowledge base, but also from personal experience. Conversationally written directly to the Christian struggling with homosexuality, this book gives powerful encouragement and practical advice. Especially exceptional is his coverage of all aspects of the religious and psychological processes of growth and change. It's easy to read, but may be emotionally and spiritually challenging. This book is also an excellent resource for parents, family members, and church members who seek to understand how they can help the struggler.
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This book is great because it's honest. It's not presumptuous. It addresses real issues, I was EXTREMELY skeptical. But I'm glad I read it. If you want to change and don't know where to start, start here. But be ready for some home truths and be willing to tell yourself the truth.
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6 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 July 2000
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'Strugglers' would be better advised to stop 'struggling', and accept their sexuality. This book is just one of many which offers psychological creedence to suppression of sexuality, and contributes still further to the homophobia found within the church. In some ways its contents are all the more insidious for its 'caring' language - the message, however, remains the same. To be avoided by anyone who cannot come to terms with their sexuality - there are many gay-affirming books which would be far more helpful. By all means read this book - but make sure you know where it is coming from first.
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ournewfreedom@yahoo.com 29 Nov. 2002
By Stephen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Homosexuality has no place in the Christian life... I knew this all my life and could not find a way out of it... Being gay has never been ok FOR ME.... there are thousands of men who do not want the gay desires that they have... I would say that very few do... if gay men are honest, they will tell you that they would never chose to be this way, they would never wish this life of grief on anyone... yet just because they do not know the way out, they think there is no way out... and when someone like Joe Dallas says there is a way out... it just causes them more pain because it makes them face the fact that there are answers and it takes work to find them... when I learned to get real with Christ, I no longer had to go around trying to find other people to fulfill my needs...
The guys that have posted comments against this book, they hurt... they have such huge voids in their life... just like I once did.... spending you week looking for a date (sex) on Saturday night gets old... you soon have to fill you life with drugs, sex in public restrooms and city parks... it never ends for them unless they change or some even take their own life.... never knowing peace is a terrible way to live... I have heard the same comments for years... "just accept who you are!"... that would be accepting yourself as a Child of God and following His Heart.... nothing else will ever work and anyone reading this knows the emptiness that the "GAY" life causes... the conflicts are never ending... finding a guy that you can trust and have a long term sexual relationship, it never happens... gay men try to fill their voids with sex... the void is never filled and yet another guys suffers rejection and heads back to the bars seaching for "love" once again!
I have walked out of the gay life, into a life filled with Christ, He is the LOVER OF MY SOUL, the emptiness if filled in my life and I live in peace...
Finding the road map for a journey out of the "Gay Life" is not easy... Joe Dallas does not have all the answers, but I promise if you daily seek Christ and trust that he will provide the road map... it will arrive when you least expect it!
Look around in your little world of DRAMA... where is the end... where is the happiness, the peace.... why spend a life searching for it... when you could be enjoying it!
Blessings to you in your journey, whichever road you chose! ...
120 of 141 people found the following review helpful
Must reading for any Christian struggling with homosexuality 2 Jun. 1998
By 2C9Concept@worldnet.att.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was like looking in a mirror for me. In a tough-love sort of personal way, the author speaks to the reader in the first person, and takes away much, if not all, of the confusion experienced by the Christian who is struggling with the spiritually conflicting desire to love people of the same gender in a way which, according to the Bible, God forbids.
The question, "Why am I this way?" was answered from many avenues as the author shared the growing pains experienced by people whom he has counselled over the years. I found that there are many others out there just like me.
There is a reason we struggle with these desires, and it is not because we were born this way. This book delivers a foundation for solid hope of leaving these desires behind, through Christ, and through healthy relationships. That is what the reader can expect from this book, if he is willing to listen.
This book speaks mostly to men, although there is a section dedicated to women as well. And the author is not just a professional counsellor, he himself is a "struggler."
The Body of Christ would do well also, by reading this book. The Church will never effectively deal with homosexuality in our society, until it learns to deal with it effectively within its own self. Many in the family are wounded and confused, because it simply doesn't know how to help us.
Most Sincerely, Dean
50 of 58 people found the following review helpful
One of the best books I ever read 8 Jun. 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the best books I ever read. It is amazing, what an impact a book can have on people. 'Desires in conflict' helped me so much to understand where I was standing and how I got there. There is a way out of homosexuality! You are not born like that! And this book shows you clearly what you can do to fight it! I think this should be the first book to read if you want more information about homosexuality and how to overcome it.
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
The honest truth on a difficult issue. 19 Mar. 2001
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A few of the reviews for this book are very negative and very biased. As a counselor looking for the truth to share with those who would like "a way out" of the homosexual lifestyle, this is a very helpful book. If you don't want to know God's views on the issue and you feel that homosexuality is an OK option, don't read this book. If you feel like there must be something more to life than living the homosexual lifestyle and you want to experience God's love and acceptance, this is the book for you.
57 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Struggler: If you only read one book,read this one. 15 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Joe Dallas has been through it all and is able to speak not only from a strong Biblical and psychological knowledge base, but also from personal experience. Conversationally written directly to the Christian struggling with homosexuality, this book gives powerful encouragement and practical advice. Especially exceptional is his coverage of all aspects of the religious and psychological processes of growth and change. It's easy to read, but may be emotionally and spiritually challenging. This book is also an excellent resource for parents, family members, and church members who seek to understand how they can help the struggler.
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