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Gene Robinson
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18 Sep 2012
From the Bishop of the Diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church, the first openly gay person elected (in 2003) to the historic episcopate and the world's leading religious spokesperson for gay rights and gay marriage—a groundbreaking book that lovingly and persuasively makes the case for same-sex marriage using a commonsense, reasoned, religious argument, made by someone who holds the religious text of the Bible to be holy and sacred and the ensuing two millennia of church history to be relevant to the discussion, equally familiar with the secular and political debate going on in America today, and for whom same-sex marriage is a personal issue; Robinson was married to a woman for two decades and is a father of two children and has been married to a man for the last four years of a twenty-three-year relationship.
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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media Inc; MP3 Una edition (18 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452658919
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452658919
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was unsure... 11 Mar 2013
By lizzie TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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This is a wonderful book, especially if you are unsure how you feel about the issue of gay marriage. It gave me so much more understanding of the issue. It written by an Episcopal Bishop, so it does have a Christian slant, but I must say it is more the slant that I grew up with - of openness and love - than prescriptiveness. As the author is both gay and married it is great to get his perspecitve on the whole issue. I have recommended this book to others, great!
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Book on Same Sex Marriage by Gay Bishop. 20 Sep 2012
By Anne Rice - Published on Amazon.com
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To say that this book is important is an understatement. Sadly, too many today don't know that there are in fact thousands and thousands of gay Christians, and many churches in which gays are welcomed, and where gay clergy are welcomed, and where same sex marriage can be celebrated. In spite of tremendous hostility and prejudice on the part of some Christians, gay Christians are not about to give up on their faith in their God or their faith in their churches. Gene Robinson made history when he became the first gay bishop appointed by the Episcopal Church in America, and in this gentle, and beautifully written book he makes the case for the Christian acceptance of Same Sex Marriage, in the name of love. Very well worth reading. This is an excellent book to give as a gift to gay Christians who may be struggling in hostile communities, and to Christian parents of gay children who are not finding support in their churches. ---- It is my opinion that gays are winning the battle for acceptance in America on all levels, and soon the persecution they are suffering now will be a thing of the past. Highly recommended.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful clearly delivered message 21 Sep 2012
By Paul Mcguire - Published on Amazon.com
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As a bisexual catholic in a loving relationship with another bisexual catholic, I struggled long and hard to come to terms with my sexuality and whether it was against my faith. But just because I am at peace doesn't mean that my family members are just as easily able to come to the same conclusions.

This book is important because it provides a clear critique of most of the arguments raised by religious individuals to say that same-sex marriage is wrong. The book begins with a section about the author's own story, and how he ultimately came to find love with a man. It then discusses the key bible verses that are often used to attack LGBT individuals in more detail than I have seen in many places.

The next section looks at the key messages of the bible and how Jesus would likely preach acceptance of LGBT individuals based on his reaching out to the marginalized in society. For the rest of the book, he looks at various arguments often made for why same-sex marriage is an attack on traditional marriage. In the end, he notes that in a society where straight couples are finding marriage to be outdated, we should be supporting efforts of the LGBT community to expand access to marriage rather than preventing it.

The book is very well written and easy to get through quickly. I suspect I will return to key sections of the book over time to remind myself of some of the arguments made. What I also loved about the book was how it explained many aspects of the Christian faith in ways that I had not really understood before but made perfect sense to me. If you are struggling with reconciling your faith with your own sexuality, this book serves as a great way to shed some of the shame that may have been thrust upon you by your family or your church. Or, if you are trying to decide if you can accept your gay son, daughter, relative, or neighbor, this book will affirm for you that God would want nothing less from you.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly logical approach to "gays vs. religion" debate 2 Oct 2012
By Bob Lind - Published on Amazon.com
Since he was appointed to be the first openly-gay bishop in the Episcopal Church, Gene Robinson has been forced into a position of being both a figurehead and a spokesperson in the LGBT community, and it is the latter that he tackles superbly in his new book. Robinson takes on not just the religious arguments against gay marriage, but also common misconceptions about same-sex parenting, scriptural passages most assume condemn homosexuality, as well as the pressures that closeted gays and lesbians deal with every day in trying to avoid confrontations about their sexuality.

I have read more "gays vs. religion" books than I can possibly count, but none have done a better job of clearly and concisely addressing all of the issues that make for common misunderstandings about gay men or lesbians. In a remarkably straightforward manner, Robinson uses relatable metaphors and realistic scenarios to demonstrate the foolishness of most of the primary arguments against gay marriage, as well as making a strong argument why "civil unions" - or even actual marriages observed only on a state level - are simply not good enough. This is absolutely an affirming, well-constructed and valuable read, which I recommend highly to all readers. Five stars out of five.

- Bob Lind, Echo Magazine
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Awakening 14 Nov 2012
By A. Braswell - Published on Amazon.com
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Because I am new at reading a kindle book, I had a short list that I could choose from - not knowing how to get to the entire group of selections. This book was the first one on the list and, as an Episcopalian, I decided to read what the Bishop had to say. Initially, I thought that gay marriage was just not necessary. These people had advantages of same sex couples - wasn't that enough? So many people live outside marriage these days that I felt that it was a lot of "hot air" over nothing.

Bishop Robinson led me to see from his own point of view that many gay men wanted the sacrament of marriage. This put a different perspective on the matter. He approaches this matter in a most logical way and convinced me that he had the correct opinion. If gay and lesbian people want to marry, I would be glad to vote for that option. I have changed my view after hearing someone who has experienced this life style voice his opinion. I would encourage everyone to read this book AND with an open mind.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marriage is for everyone 15 Oct 2012
By Greg Smith (aka sowhatfaith) - Published on Amazon.com
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Gene Robinson's latest book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage, is an invitation to recognize the power and possibility of marriage for all people, not just those who are straight. Writing with a pastoral heart and considerable academic insight, Robinson effectively argues the importance and value of strong marriages that call partners to be their "best selves for each other" (p.15). Additionally, he shares his own experiences with marriage, including (1) his parents' 65 year marriage, (2) his 13 year marriage to Isabella Martin and their two daughters, and (3) his marriage in 2o1o to Mark Andrew, who has been his partner since 1987.
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