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The Audible Service Conditions of Use

THE AUDIBLE SERVICE

Audible Limited and its affiliates (“Audible”) are pleased to offer a service that permits users to discover, purchase, receive and play digital spoken word audio entertainment (“Audible Content”) through Audible's websites, including audible.co.uk, and its applications for mobile devices (collectively, the “Audible Service”). If you use the Audible Service, you accept these conditions of use (“Conditions of Use”). Please read them carefully. In addition to the Conditions of Use, you will also be subject to (1) the Audible Purchase Terms & Conditions, which govern any purchase you make through the Audible Service, (2) the Audible Plan Terms, which govern your enrollment in any Audible membership plan, and (3) any other policies, guidelines, terms and agreements posted on, or otherwise made available to you through, the Audible Service (collectively, the “Terms”). If these Conditions of Use contradict such Terms, the Terms will control.

PRIVACY

Please review our Privacy Notice">Privacy Notice, which also governs your visit to Audible.co.uk, to understand our practices.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

When you use the Audible Service, or send e-mails to us, you are communicating with us electronically. You consent to receive communications from us electronically. We will communicate with you by e-mail or by posting notices on or through the Audible Service. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. This condition does not affect your statutory rights.

COPYRIGHT

All content included in or made available through the Audible Service, such as text, graphics, logos, button icons, images, audio clips, digital downloads, data compilations and Audible Content, is the property of Audible or its content suppliers and protected by United Kingdom and international copyright laws. The compilation of all content accessible through the Audible Service is the exclusive property of Audible and protected by United Kingdom and international copyright and database right laws.

TRADEMARKS

Audible, audible.com, audible.co.uk, AudibleListener, AudibleManager, AudibleReady, Audible Studios and other graphics, logos, page headers, button icons, scripts, and service names included in or made available through the Audible Service are trademarks or registered trademarks of Audible in the European Union and other jurisdictions. Audible's trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not Audible's, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers, or in any manner that disparages or discredits Audible. You may not use any Audible logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of a hyperlink without express written permission from Audible. All other trademarks not owned by Audible that appear in the Audible Service are the property of their respective owners, who may or may not be affiliated with, connected to, or sponsored by Audible.

PATENTS

One or more patents owned by Audible apply to this Site and to the features and services accessible via the Site. Portions of this Site operate under license of one or more patents. Click here">Click here to see a non-exhaustive list of applicable Audible patents and applicable licensed patents.

LICENSE AND ACCESS

Subject to your compliance with these Conditions of Use and your payment of any applicable fees, Audible or its content providers grant you a limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable license to access and make personal and non-commercial use of the Audible Service. Additional license terms may be found in the Terms. This license does not include any resale or commercial use of the Audible Service or its contents; any collection and use of any product listings, descriptions, or prices; any derivative use of the Audible Service or its contents; any downloading or copying of account information for the benefit of another merchant; or any use of data mining, robots, or similar data gathering and extraction tools.

All rights not expressly granted to you in these Conditions of Use or any applicable Terms are reserved and retained by Audible or its licensors, suppliers, publishers, rightsholders, or other content providers. Neither the Audible Service nor any part of it may be reproduced, duplicated, copied, sold, resold, visited, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without express written consent of Audible. You may not frame or utilize framing techniques to enclose any trademark, logo, or other proprietary information (including images, text, page layout, or form) of Audible without express written consent. You may not use any meta tags or any other "hidden text" utilizing Audible's name or trademarks without the express written consent of Audible. You are granted a limited, revocable, and nonexclusive right to create a hyperlink to the home page of audible.co.uk so long as the link does not portray Audible, or its products or services in a false, misleading, derogatory, or otherwise offensive matter. You may not use any Audible logo or other proprietary graphic or trademark as part of the link without express written permission.

You may not misuse the Audible Service. You may use the Audible Service only as permitted by law. The licenses granted by Audible terminate if you do not comply with these Conditions of Use or any applicable Terms.

YOUR ACCOUNT

As a registered user of the Audible Service, you may receive or establish one or more passwords and accounts ("Audible Account"). If you open a new Audible Account and you have an account with Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk using the same email address, your account information from your Amazon account will be used to establish your account at Audible. If you register a Kindle tablet device and do not already have an Audible Account, you will automatically be assigned an Audible Account using your Amazon credentials. If you use the Audible Service, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Audible Account(s) and for restricting access to your computer(s) or device(s), and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under any of your Audible Accounts. Audible does sell products for children, but it sells them to adults, who can purchase with a credit card or other permitted payment method. If you are under 18, you may use the Audible Service only with the involvement of a parent or guardian. Audible reserves the right to refuse service, terminate accounts, remove or edit content, or cancel orders in its sole discretion.

REVIEWS, COMMENTS, COMMUNICATIONS, AND OTHER CONTENT

We may permit visitors to post reviews, comments, photos, and other content; send messages and other communications; and submit suggestions, ideas, comments, questions, or other information. You agree that any content you contribute and any communications you send using means we provide will not be illegal, obscene, threatening, defamatory, invasive of privacy, infringing of intellectual property rights, or otherwise injurious to third parties or objectionable and does not consist of or contain software viruses, political campaigning, commercial solicitation, chain letters, mass mailings, or any form of "spam." You may not use a false e-mail address, impersonate any person or entity, or otherwise mislead as to the origin of a message or other content. We reserve the right (but not the obligation) to remove or edit such content, but we do not regularly review posted content.

If you do post content or submit any material to us, and unless we indicate otherwise, you grant us a nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, and display such content throughout the world in any media. You grant Audible and its sublicensees the right to use the name that you submit in connection with such content, if they choose. You represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all of the rights to the content that you post; that the content is accurate; that use of the content you supply does not violate this policy and will not cause injury to any person or entity; and that you will indemnify Audible for all claims resulting from content you supply. We reserve the right (but not the obligation) to monitor and edit or remove any activity or content. Audible takes no responsibility and assumes no liability for any content posted by you or any third party.

COPYRIGHT COMPLAINTS

Audible respects the intellectual property of others. If you believe that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please follow our Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS

Audible attempts to be as accurate as possible. However, Audible does not warrant that product descriptions or content available through the Audible Service is accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free.

AUDIBLE SOFTWARE TERMS

In addition to these Conditions of Use, the terms found here apply to any software (including any updates or upgrades to the software and any related documentation) that we make available to you from time to time for your use in connection with the Audible Service (the "Audible Software").

OTHER BUSINESSES

We may offer content from parties other than Audible and may permit parties other than Audible to provide services or sell products through the Audible Service. We may also provide links through the Audible Service to the websites of affiliated companies and certain other businesses. We are a distributor, not a publisher, of any materials we offer from third parties and are not responsible for examining or evaluating, and we do not warrant the offerings of, any of these businesses or individuals, the content we obtain from them or the content of their websites. Audible does not assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, product, and content of any third parties. You should carefully review their privacy statements and other conditions of use.

REMOVAL OF AUDIBLE CONTENT OR OTHER MATERIALS

We reserve the right to remove or disable access to any Audible Content or any other materials posted to or otherwise displayed through the Audible Service, including any Audible Content that violates or otherwise allegedly infringes on the copyright or other intellectual property, proprietary, or other rights of any person, company or other entity. We will not be liable for the removal of or disabling of access to any Audible Content or materials.

TERMINATION

Your right to use the Audible Service will automatically terminate if you violate these Conditions of Use or any other Terms. In case of such termination, we may terminate your access to the Audible Service without notice and you will not receive a full or partial refund of any fees already paid. Our failure to insist upon or enforce your strict compliance with the Conditions of Use or any other Terms will not constitute a waiver of any of our rights.

TERMINATION OF AUDIBLE SERVICE

Our business may change over time and we reserve the right to modify the Audible Service. We also reserve the right to suspend or discontinue the Audible Service or your use of the Audible Service, in whole or in part, at any time with or without notice and without liability to you. In the event that we exercise such right, you may be entitled to a full or partial refund, in our sole discretion, if you are a member of an Audible Plan (as defined in the Audible Plan Terms) or with respect to any purchase you've made.

LOSSES

Audible will be responsible for any losses you suffer as a result of us breaching these conditions if the losses were reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Audible Service, or a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. We will not be responsible for any business loss (including loss of profits, revenue, contracts, anticipated savings, data, goodwill or wasted expenditure) or any other indirect or consequential loss that is not reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Audible Service or when a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. Audible does not limit in any way our liability by law for death or personal injury caused from our negligence or breach of duty or caused by our gross negligence or wilful misconduct.

APPLICABLE LAW AND DISPUTES

By using the Audible Service, you agree that these conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales, and the application of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is expressly excluded. You agree, as we do, to submit to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

SITE POLICIES, MODIFICATION, AND SEVERABILITY

Please review our Terms. We reserve the right to make changes to the Audible Service, these Conditions of Use and any Terms at any time. Your continued use of the Audible Service following any changes will indicate your acceptance of such changes. If you do not agree to a change, you must immediately stop using the Audible Service. If any Terms or these Conditions of Use are deemed invalid, void, or for any reason unenforceable, that condition or term shall be deemed severable and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining condition or term.

DEFAMATION CLAIMS

Because Audible lists thousands of products for sale on the Audible Service and hosts many thousands of comments, it is not possible for us to be aware of the contents of each product listed for sale, or each comment or review that is displayed. Accordingly, Audible operates on a "notice and takedown" basis. If you believe that any content on, or advertised for sale on, the Audible Service contains a defamatory statement, please notify us immediately by following our Notice and Procedure for Notifying of Defamatory Content. Once this procedure has been followed, Audible will make all reasonable endeavours to remove the defamatory content complained about within a reasonable time.



Audible Purchase Terms and Conditions

Any user may purchase Audible Content on an "A La Carte" basis. Audible members also may purchase content using membership credits in accordance with the terms set forth in the Audible Plan Terms. By making a purchase through the Audible Service you agree to be bound by these Audible Purchase Terms and Conditions.

Purchases of Audible Content

  1. Audible Content License. When you purchase Audible Content, Audible grants you a limited, revocable, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to download or stream such Audible Content to your computer and/or other device(s) solely for your personal, non-commercial use. You agree to not otherwise copy, reproduce, distribute or use the Audible Content other than as expressly set forth herein. You will not sell, transfer, lease, modify, distribute or publicly perform the Audible Content in any manner and you will not exploit it commercially. You agree to not modify, reverse engineer, decompile or disassemble the Audible Content, or otherwise tamper with the Audible Content or create any derivative works therefrom.
  2. Pricing. With respect to all A La Carte purchases, except where noted otherwise, any list price displayed represents the full retail price listed on the Audible Content itself, as determined by Audible, or as suggested by the manufacturer or supplier, or estimated in accordance with standard industry practice; or the estimated retail value for a comparably featured item offered elsewhere. Prices are subject to change at any time in Audible's sole discretion. Audible cannot confirm the price of an item until you order. Despite our best efforts, a small number of the items in our catalog may be mispriced. If an item's correct price is higher than our stated price, we may at our discretion cancel your order.
  3. Delivery of Audible Content. All Audible Content you purchased will be delivered to your Audible Account.
  4. Risk of Loss. Once we have made Audible Content available to you, you will bear the risk of loss for completing any download of Audible Content after purchase and for any loss of Audible Content you have downloaded, including any loss due to a file corruption or a device or hard drive crash. Purchased Audible Content will generally continue to be available in your Audible Account but may become unavailable due to possible content provider licensing restrictions or other reasons, and Audible will not be liable to you if Audible Content becomes unavailable for further download. You will not receive a full or partial refund of any fees already paid in such situations. Accordingly, we encourage you to download Audible Content promptly after purchase and to make a back-up copy. If you are unable to complete a download after having reviewed our online help resources, please contact Audible customer service.
  5. Payments. You must have a valid payment instrument, such as a credit card or other permitted payment method, on file in your Audible Account in order to use the Audible service. If you are using your Amazon account to access the Audible Service, your default payment instrument will be the default payment instrument you use for purchases from Amazon. If you want to designate a different payment instrument, you must change your authorized payment instrument information online at the "My Account" section of the Audible Service.
  6. Payments. You may cancel your order for purchase of Audible Content within 14 days from the date of your purchase for a full refund by contacting Customer Care, unless you have started to download, stream, or listen to the Audible Content. Once you start to download, stream or listen to the Audible Content, you cannot cancel your order, and you will not receive a full or partial refund for your order. By placing an order to purchase Audible Content, you acknowledge and agree to this.
  7. Subscriptions. Any user may purchase subscriptions to recurring content such as newspapers and magazines on a monthly basis or other recurring basis depending on the recurrence of the content ("Subscriptions"). If you purchase a Subscription, you will be charged the full price of the Subscription at the beginning of the Subscription term. Subscriptions may be purchased on an A La Carte basis or by members with credits. With respect to any Subscriptions purchased on an A La Carte basis, if you cancel your Subscription within 14 days, you will be entitled to a full refund. After 14 days, you may be entitled to a refund before the initial term has expired depending upon whether there is a shorter Subscription available for the relevant Audible Content. You will be obligated to pay based upon the Subscription term length closest to the number of months your Subscription was active. For example, if you signed up for a 12 month Subscription and wish to cancel after 5 months, then: (A) if a 6 month Subscription term is available, you would be charged for a 6 month Subscription and refunded the difference between the 12 month and 6 month Subscriptions, or (B) if only a 12 month term is available, you would be charged for the 12 month Subscription.


Audible Terms and Conditions for Gift and Promotional Codes and Vouchers

Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships and Promotional Claim Codes are subject to the following additional Terms and Conditions. By purchasing any Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate or Gift Membership, or by redeeming a Promotional Claim Code, you agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.



Audible Gift Audiobooks
  1. Term and Uses. Audiobooks purchased as gifts ("Gift Audiobooks") will be presented to the recipient in the form of a claim code redeemable for the Gift Audiobook. Gift Audiobooks must be redeemed at www.audible.co.uk or its mobile store ("audible. co.uk" or the "Site") and may be used only for the applicable audiobook given. Claim codes for Gift Audiobooks do not expire and are not subject to any dormancy fee or other fees for non-use. If the recipient already has the Gift Audiobook in his or her My Library or the Gift Audiobook is not available in the recipient's country, at the time the recipient redeems the claim code for a Gift Audiobook, the recipient will receive a credit good towards the purchase of a different audiobook of equivalent value on audible.co.uk. If the Gift Audiobook has a value of more than one credit, the recipient will receive the number of credits equal to the Gift Audiobook's value. Credits given to the recipient in exchange for the claim code for a Gift Audiobook do not expire and are subject to the Audible Purchase Terms and Conditions. Recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem a claim code for a Gift Audiobook. Audible may, in its discretion, advise the purchaser when the claim code for a Gift Audiobook has been redeemed by the recipient in the purchaser's "Account Details" section of the Site.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Redemption codes for Gift Audiobooks may not be redeemed at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Redemption codes for Gift Audiobooks cannot be exchanged for other Gift Audiobooks, Gift Cards or Gift Memberships.
    3. Redemption codes for Gift Audiobooks cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law.


Audible Gift Certificates
  1. Term and Uses. Gift certificates ("Gift Certificates") will be presented to the recipient in the form of a redemption code or in the form of a physical card containing a redemption code. Gift Certificates have no expiration date and are not subject to any dormancy fee or other fees for non-use. Gift Certificates must be redeemed at audible.co.uk and may be used towards A La Carte purchases of audio content only. From time to time, Audible may allow you to redeem Gift Certificates for other products and services, in Audible's discretion. The full amount of any purchase will be deducted from the Gift Certificate balance, up to the total funds available on the Gift Certificate. If a purchase made with a Gift Certificate exceeds the amount of the Gift Certificate, the balance must be paid by another payment method accepted on the Audible Service. Gift Certificate recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem a Gift Certificate. To view Gift Certificate balances, Gift Certificate holders should visit the "Account Details" section of their Audible account on the Site. If a Gift Certificate purchaser has an Audible account, Audible may, in its discretion, advise the purchaser when the Gift Certificate has been redeemed by the recipient in the purchaser's "Account Details" section on the Site.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Gift certificates may not be redeemed for the purchase of products at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Gift Certificates cannot be used to purchase other Gift Certificates, Gift Audiobooks, Gift Memberships, or Promotional Codes (each as defined below).
    3. Gift Certificates cannot be reloaded, resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law. Unused Gift Certificate balances in an Audible account may not be transferred.


Audible Gift Memberships
  1. Term and Uses. Memberships purchased as gifts ("Gift Memberships") will be presented to the recipient in the form of a redemption code redeemable for the Gift Membership. Redemption codes for Gift Memberships must be redeemed at audible.co.uk and may be used only for Audible memberships. Prior to being redeemed by a recipient, redemption codes for Gift Memberships do not expire and are not subject to any dormancy fee or other fees for non-use. Once redeemed, Gift Memberships expire at the end of the applicable membership term. For example, if the Gift Membership is a three month membership, the Gift Membership will expire three months from the date the recipient redeems the membership. Gift Membership recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem the Gift Membership. To view Gift Membership balances and status, gift members should visit the "Account Details" section of their Audible account on the Site. If a Gift Membership purchaser has an Audible account, Audible may, in its discretion, advise the purchaser when the Gift Membership has been redeemed by the recipient in the purchaser's "Account Details" section on the Site.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Redemption codes for Gift Memberships may not be redeemed for memberships at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions..
    2. Redemption codes for Gift Memberships cannot be used to purchase other Gift Memberships, Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates or Promotional Codes.
    3. Redemption Codes for Gift Memberships cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law. Unused Gift Membership balances in an Audible account may not be transferred.
  3. Applicability of Audible Plan Terms. The Audible Plan Terms appliy to Gift Memberships and is hereby incorporated into these Terms and Conditions. The terms and conditions of a Gift Membership are the same as those of Audible's other membership plans, with the following exceptions:
    1. After a Gift Membership ends, any unused credits included in the Gift Membership that are not used during the Gift Membership period do not roll-over, unless the member joins a regular Audible membership plan prior to the expiration of the Gift Membership. Only gift membership credits that have accrued as of the date the gift member joins a regular Audible membership will roll-over. If a gift member joins a regular Audible membership prior to the end of the Gift Membership period, any credits included in the Gift Membership that have not have yet accrued will not roll-over.
    2. Gift Memberships may be cancelled by calling 0800 496 2455 or +44 (0) 203 356 6218 (International). Unused balances and credits on Gift Memberships will expire upon cancellation.


Audible Promotional Claim Codes
  1. Term and Uses. Promotional claim codes ("Promotional Codes") are for promotional use only and are void where prohibited by law. Promotional Codes must be redeemed at audible.co.uk. Promotional Codes expire as indicated on the terms transmitted with the Promotional Code. If redeemed for an audiobook credit, the credit may expire after a certain period of time, as indicated on the terms transmitted with the Promotional Code. Promotional Codes may be subject to additional terms and condition presented with the Promotional Code. Promotional Codes recipients must have or open an Audible account to redeem Promotional Codes.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Promotional Codes may not be redeemed at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Promotional Codes cannot be used to purchase other Promotional Codes, Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates or Gift Memberships.
    3. Promotional Codes cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other Audible account, except where required by law. Unused Promotional Codes in an Audible account may not be transferred.


Vouchers
  1. Term and Uses. From time to time, Audible may, in its sole discretion, give rewards in the form of vouchers to existing Audible account holders ("Vouchers"). Vouchers may only be redeemed at audible.co.uk and are redeemable for Audible content only. Audible will deposit a Voucher directly into the account holder's account and will send the recipient an email stating that the Voucher is available. When the recipient makes a purchase on the Site without using membership or other credits, Vouchers will be the first payment method used towards the purchase amount. The full amount of any purchase will be deducted from the Voucher amount, up to the total funds available. If a purchase made with a Voucher exceeds the amount of the Voucher, the balance will be automatically charged to the credit card Audible has on file for the account holder. Vouchers expire as indicated on the terms transmitted in the notification e-mail. The value of a Voucher will be determined by Audible in its sole discretion.
  2. Limitations.
    1. Vouchers may not be redeemed for the purchase of Audible content at audible.com, audible.de, audible.fr or any other website operated by Audible, Inc., its affiliates, or any other person or entity, except as indicated by these Terms and Conditions.
    2. Vouchers cannot be used to purchase Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships, or Promotional Codes.
    3. Vouchers cannot be resold, transferred for value, redeemed for cash or applied to any other account, except where required by law. Unused Voucher balances in an Audible account may not be transferred.


General Terms
  1. Losses. audible.co.uk will be responsible for any losses you suffer as a result of us breaching these conditions if the losses were reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Site, or a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. We will not be responsible for any business loss (including loss of profits, revenue, contracts, anticipated savings, data, goodwill or wasted expenditure) or any other indirect or consequential loss that is not reasonably foreseeable to both you and us when you commenced using the Site or when a contract for the sale of goods by us to you was formed. audible.co.uk does not limit in any way our liability by law for death or personal injury caused from our negligence or breach of duty or caused by our gross negligence or willful misconduct.
  2. Fraud. Audible will have the right to close customer accounts and bill alternative forms of payment if a fraudulently obtained Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate, Gift Membership, Promotional Code or Voucher is redeemed and/or used to make purchases on the Site.
  3. Resale. Resale of a Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate, Gift Membership, Promotional Code or Voucher or use for unauthorized advertising, marketing, sweepstakes or other promotional purposes is strictly prohibited.
  4. Other. Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships, Promotional Codes, and Vouchers and their use on the Site are subject to the Site's Conditions of Use, available at www.audible.co.uk/terms, and Privacy Notice, available at www.audible.co.uk/privacy. Audible reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions from time to time in its discretion. Generally, changes to these Terms and Conditions will apply to products issued after the date the changes take effect, as indicated at the top of these Terms and Conditions; however, changes to comply with applicable law may apply retroactively to products issued before such date. Gift Audiobooks, Gift Certificates, Gift Memberships, Promotional Codes, and Vouchers are subject to verification. For any questions concerning your Gift Audiobook, Gift Certificate, Gift Membership, Promotional Code, or Coupon Voucher please call 0800 496 2455 or +44(0)203 356 6218 International or visit audible.co.uk.


Audible Plan Terms

Audible offers various membership plans ("Audible Plans") for using and paying for the Audible Service. Audible Plans are subject to the terms below and those disclosed through the Audible Service. Membership in an Audible Plan is nontransferable.

  1. Audible Membership Plans. Audible Membership Plans are automatically renewable on a monthly or yearly basis, depending on the plan, until terminated by you or us in accordance with these Audible Plan Terms. Audible will charge your default payment instrument the applicable membership fee on your renewal date. If your default payment method is declined for any reason, Audible may charge any payment instrument on file with your Amazon account.
    1. Number of Audiobooks. The 1 Book Monthly, 2 Book Monthly, 12 Book Annual, and 24 Book Annual Plans are generally the same except that the number of Credits (defined below) that members receive under certain plans is greater.
    2. Annual or Monthly. Each of these membership plans is available either on a monthly or annual basis. Audible will charge the applicable monthly or yearly fee for such membership plan on the member's monthly or yearly renewal date, depending on which plan the member selects. Annual members will receive the entire year's credits at the start of their membership and upon any renewal. Monthly members will receive the applicable amount of credits each month.
    3. Rollover Members are allowed to rollover a certain number of unused Credits ("Rollover").
      1. Monthly Memberships. 1 Book Monthly members may rollover up to 6 unused Credits to the next month of membership and 2 Book Monthly members may rollover up to 12 unused Credits to the next month of membership. If in any given month a monthly member has more than the permitted number of Rollover Credits, the additional unused credits will automatically expire.
      2. Annual Memberships. 12 Book Annual members may rollover up to 6 unused Credits to the next year of membership and 24 Book Annual members may rollover up to 12 unused Credits to the next year of membership. If in any given renewal date a member has more than the permitted number of Rollover Credits, the additional unused credits will automatically expire.
  2. Committed Membership Plans. Certain members may receive a gift for joining in exchange for their commitment to remain a member for the period of time specified at the time of enrollment. Members who sign up to a committed membership plan and receive the gift benefit will have 14 days to cancel their membership plan, however, we will only issue them a full refund for membership fees if they have not used any Credits or used the gift benefit during those 14 days. If they have redeemed Credits or used the gift benefit within 14 days of signing up for a membership, we may withhold from their refund the value of the redeemed Credit(s) and the value of the used gift benefit. After 14 days, members will not receive a full or partial refund for any membership fees already paid and will not be able to cancel the plan prior to the expiration of the initial term of the plan. By signing up for a Committed Membership Plan, you acknowledge and agree to this.
  3. Trial Offers. Audible may, in its sole discretion, make available free or paid trial offers for a monthly or annual membership plan, the terms of which will be more fully explained on the Audible Service (a "Trial Offer"). You must have a valid payment instrument, such as a credit card or other permitted payment method, on file in your Audible Account in order to initiate a Trial Offer. Audible may request a temporary authorization from the financial institution issuing your credit card or other payment instrument in order to confirm the validity of the credit card or other payment instrument to verify your eligibility to participate in any Trial Offer. Any Credits issued in connection with a Trial Offer or Audible Content purchased with such Credits are issued and provided subject to such verification and may be revoked by Audible in the event that such verification fails. Upon expiration of the trial, you will automatically be joined into the related membership plan and Audible will charge your default payment instrument the relevant monthly fee or annual fee, as applicable. If your default payment method is declined for any reason, Audible may charge any payment instrument on file with your Amazon account. YOU MUST CANCEL YOUR MEMBERSHIP PRIOR TO THE END OF THE TRIAL OFFER TO AVOID CHARGES. Trial Offers are limited to one per household.
  4. Credits. Audible Plan members receive credits that may be used to purchase Audible Content on the Audible Service ("Credits"). Credits may only be used to purchase Audible Content. If you purchase Audible Content in excess of the number of available Credits under your Audible Plan, your default payment instrument will be billed the price for the applicable Audible Content. Credits include Membership Credits, Rollover Credits, and Complimentary Credits, as described below. Credits are nontransferable. Credits that do not rollover, expire in accordance with their terms.
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Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Unabridged)
 
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This is a book written primarily for gay Christians and those who love them.

Part memoir, part pastoral-theological reflection, this book wrestles with three main areas of struggle that many gay Christians face:

(1) What is God's will for sexuality?

(2) If the historic Christian tradition is right and same-sex behavior is ruled out, how should gay Christians deal with their resulting loneliness?

(3) How can gay Christians come to an experience of grace that rescues them from crippling feelings of shame and guilt? Author Wesley Hill is not advocating that it is possible for every gay Christian to become straight, nor is he saying that God affirms homosexuality. Instead, Hill comes alongside gay Christians and says, "You are not alone. Here is my experience; it's like yours. And God is with us. We can share in God's grace."

While some authors profess a deep faith in Christ and claim a powerful experience of the Holy Spirit precisely in and through their homosexual practice, Hill's own story, by contrast, is a story of feeling spiritually hindered, rather than helped, by his homosexuality.

His story testifies that homosexuality was not God's original creative intention for humanity - that it is, on the contrary, a tragic sign of human nature and relationships being fractured by sin - and therefore that homosexual practice goes against God's express will for all human beings, especially those who trust in Christ.

©2010 Wesley Hill; (P)2010 Zondervan

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A valuable lesson in discipleship 5 July 2011
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I hope every Christian reads this book. It is a window into the experience of a gay evangelical, but it is also a story about discipleship - what it means to follow Jesus in the face of overwhelming challenges. I think that everyone, whether they are looking in from the outside or struggling through on the inside, will learn and benefit from Hill's observations and stories.

The blurb is accurate, and phrases the content of the book very well: "In Washed and Waiting, Wesley Hill writes for gay Christians and those who love them. Part-memoir, part theological reflection, Hill shares the struggles that gay Christians face as they seek to live faithful to God's 'no' to homosexuality...He advocates neither unqualified 'healing' for those who struggle, nor their accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness."

Hill shares stories of homosexuals who strive to remain celibate in light of their conviction that the gospel demands it. He tells his own story, along with those of Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, and draws on writings from CS Lewis, Rowan Williams and others as he tries to explain his own understanding and experience. There are some rock-hard, hard-won truths in here, and they are all the more powerful because the book is not a polemic. He is not trying to convince anyone of a particular position: he takes a starting point - that of celibacy for those with a same-sex attraction - and is writing to comfort, to help others to understand, to show the people in his position that they are not alone. I think he succeeds in this. If you want to get a sense of the tone of the book, I recommend the short videos on YouTube of Hill discussing the book.

In some ways, this book reminds me of A Grief Observed by CS Lewis. Both books start with the authors' experience and then apply the gospel to it. That is how discipleship must work, and this example of discipleship lived out deserves to be widely read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful insights 9 Mar. 2012
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I found this book really helpful as it is written by a keen Christian who is gay himself. He maintains the conservative Christian viewpoint on homosexuality whilst giving us strong reasons for being celibate as a gay-Christian. Most helpful is the personal insights into the pain and loneliness he feels. Christians who are quick to judge people on this issue would do well to read this book!
Thanks to Wesley Hill for having the courage to write this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but not defining 23 Aug. 2011
By C. Kidd
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The issue of homosexuality is one that seems to be critical to the church, especially here in the UK where we hear so much reported in the press about the debate within the Church of England. This is becoming, if not already, a defining issue for the church, and unfortunately the church doesn't seem good at engaging with this issue in more than a superficial way.

Wesley Hill as a Christian, and someone who is gay, has attempted in writing Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality to open the debate up. He is an evangelical Christian, but he is also a man who has always been attracted to men, and only men, he seems to have a natural orientation or inclination to homosexuality. As he tries to live out his Christian faith, he has remained celibate, convicted by his faith.

The book isn't a theoretical book on faith and sexuality, although he does attempt to engage with some of that, but instead it is his journey as he wrestles with faith and sexuality. The book highlights how Hill isn't alone, Martin Hallet of True Freedom Trust is quoted as saying:

"There are probably nearly as many Christians with homosexual feelings who do not believe that homsexual sex is right for Christians as there are those who are advocating its acceptance."

Hill, in an guest post for Engaging Church writes:

That's why I wrote my book--to describe, primarily for celibate gay Christians themselves, my experience of homosexual desires and my commitment to Christianity's traditional position that sex is intended to be experienced only within marriage between a man and a woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging and engaging read. 3 May 2013
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Wesley Hill brings thoughtfulness, rigorous scholarship and humility. He challenges presuppositions on all sides of discussions around homosexuality in a helpful way. His story leaves himself vulnerable while challenging the reader to open up to their own vulnerability. The questions and issues are much deeper and greater than simple conversations of homoerotic orientation and practice. He has given me a new framework in which to think about suffering and salvation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Voice That Needs To Be Heard 21 Sept. 2010
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This weekend I had the chance to read Wesley Hill's new book, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. Wesley is an old acquaintance of mine from grad school days, and a gifted writer and brilliant thinker (he is currently doing his Ph.D in New Testament at Durham in the UK). Previously Wesley had penned a brief, powerful essay exploring his own personal experience of exclusive same-sex desires, reflecting in it on his own anguished struggle of learning to relate his sexuality to the Christian gospel in a meaningful and consistent way.

In my view, neither the world nor the church has done a good job in recent decades in thinking through the complicated issue of homosexuality, or in responding both graciously and truthfully to those who identify as gay or lesbian. This sad state of affairs makes Wesley's book all the more crucial and poignant. Here I provide a basic overview of the book (160pp), but above all else I hope that many of you will make it a point to pick up a copy of it and work through it yourselves. Whether you find yourself agreeing or disagreeing with Wesley's own settled perspective, I think it unlikely you can remain unmoved as the author recounts his own story in often gut-wrenching detail, and you will certainly come to respect his authenticity and ruthless honesty throughout.

Washed and Waiting takes its title and cue from two biblical passages. I Corinthians 6:9-11 refers to the "washed" spiritual status of Christians, while Romans 8:23-25 reminds us that we are "waiting" and groaning for the future consummation of our redemption. This is the famous "already/not yet" schema (as dry academics like to put it) that pervades the New Testament, and Wesley rightly sees that it is essential to narrating one's own life well as a Christian. If only one side or the other of the contrast is taken up and accepted, either insanity or moral compromise will result. Within these two distinctly Christian images, Wesley has slowly learned to recognize the presence of Christ in his life through-not in spite of-his faltering yet faithful struggles with homosexuality.

As one who has experienced his homosexual orientation pre-consciously (it wasn't chosen), exclusively (he has never felt sexual attraction to women), and unremittingly (he has never experienced "healing" or transformation of his sexuality), Wesley is nonetheless forthright that his homosexuality is not the most defining characteristic of his life. He writes in the introduction:

"I've taken care always to make `gay' or `homosexual' the adjective, and never the noun, in a longer phrase, such as `gay Christian' or `homosexual person.' In this way, I hope to send a subtle linguistic signal that being gay isn't the most important thing about my or any other gay person's identity. I am a Christian before I am anything else. My homosexuality is a part of my makeup, a facet of my personality. One day, I believe, whether in this life or in the resurrection, it will fade away. But my identity as a Christian-someone incorporated into Christ's body by his Spirit-will remain." (p. 22)

Wesley unapologetically makes clear from the beginning that he is convinced-as difficult and as costly as the conviction is for him on a personal level-that the only legitimate Christian response to homosexual desires is to remain celibate. Engaging in same-sex romantic relationships is out of bounds in the kingdom of God-as, of course, are quite a few other things. In this he will not be popular with many, though I think his voice needs to be heard in a culture that is increasingly allowing only one side of an important conversation to be heard.

After a lengthy, captivating introduction in which he shares his own biographical experience of being a gay Christian, Wesley moves on in chapter 1 ("A Story-Shaped Life") to give a brief defense of why he remains convinced that as a Christian he must say no to his sexual desires. To back up his own endorsement in this chapter, I also would highly recommend that any thoughtful Christians who are interested in exploring this issue further read Richard Hay's chapter on homosexuality in his magnificent book, The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation. Also, I found especially insightful Wesley's dawning realization that it is within the story of the gospel-creation, fall, redemption, consummation-that his own experience with homosexuality makes the most sense in the most all-encompassing way: the shame and the joy, the ugly and the beautiful, the depression and the anticipation fit within the story of the cross and resurrection.

In chapter 2 ("The End of Lonlieness"), Wesley relentlessly opens up about the darkest layers of his life as a celibate gay Christian-namely, his longing for relationships of mutual desire and his fear that he will never know or be known in the way that his entire being aches for. In my own quite limited experience of knowing homosexual Christians with some level of intimacy, I have found Wesley's interpretation of his own experience to be the norm. At the same time, this perpetual feeling of profound loneliness is where I feel most "outside" my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who share this burden. So I am thankful for Wesley in humbly allowing me to gain a glimpse of what such a sacrifice has entailed (and continues to entail) for him in taking up his cross to follow Jesus as Lord. His ruminations in this chapter on God's design for the church-the community of believers who allow their lives to be shaped by the gospel-is powerful stuff. God's presence is meant to be mediated to us mainly through other followers of Jesus whom He likewise indwells through His Spirit. We need each other. What a glorious vision. What a heartbreaking tragedy that so much of the contempoary church is light years away from this calling, lost in games and trivality and obsession with self. Lord, have mercy on us.

Chapter 3 ("The Divine Accolade") focuses on Wesley's life-long suspicion that he is shamefully and utterly displeasing to God on account of his sexual orientation and desires. While this still clearly remains a daily battle for Wesley, he lets the audience in on his hope: that in Jesus, sinners can become loved and beautiful before God. Indeed, one day we will receive praise from God Himself when the Lord-in Augustine's wondrous phrase-crowns His own gifts of grace in our lives, glorifying both Himself and us in the process. Relying on C. S. Lewis' classic essay "The Weight of Glory", Wesley points to the Christian hope of one day entering fully into a relationship-both with God in Christ and with other redeemed sinners-of desiring and being desired without shame or guilt, of giving and receiving without hesitation or reserve. We will be "a real ingredient in the divine happiness." In light of this tremendous weight of glory and satisfaction which is coming, our present sufferings are not worthy to be compared. Yet at the same time, in light of this still-outstanding promise which often appears to us as a faint specter on the horizon, we groan as we wait for it. By faith.

Finally, I should mention that in several "interludes" Wesley includes helpful and touching accounts of two well-known gay Christians who also, like the author, came to the painful conclusion that God's purposes for their lives included celibacy: Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins. Yet being dead, they still speak. As does Wesley Hill, and I hope you will take the time to listen to his story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Already and the Not Yet 25 Sept. 2010
By Rory W. Tyer - Published on Amazon.com
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I saw Wesley speak yesterday at the Story:2010 conference in downtown Chicago. I volunteered and so didn't get the conference swag bag (which had his book in it), but I managed to score a copy at the end. I read almost all of it on the one hour train ride from the city out to my apartment.

What's so powerful about Wesley's 'testimony,' and this book in particular, is the way that he manages to bring together two things which are constantly painted as being in opposition to one another, both by the church and by wider culture. On the one hand, Wesley is up front and honest about being gay. As he went through puberty, he discovered that he consistently reacted differently than his male peers. His story defeats simplistic "gay is a choice" rhetoric as well as challenging the assumption that everyone who is gay must have some sort of childhood psychological trauma that, once addressed, will unlock that person's true heterosexuality. He grew up in a conservative, close, loving, Christian household, and had a relationship with both his mother and his father. He simply felt different about his sexuality from the get-go, often despite his best efforts.

On the other hand, Wesley began to own, from a fairly young age, his Christianity. He believed in the gospel and found, as he grew older and read more, that he believed the Bible to be true; that he trusted Christ as the one who could save him from death and forgive him from sin; that he agreed with the Bible's overall narrative and picture of reality; that he believed the Bible to be accurate, authoritative, and sacred scripture. He is an evangelical and comparatively conservative Christian who went to school at Wheaton College and is currently working on his PhD dissertation (on Paul and the doctrine of the Trinity - I asked him about this at the conference when I had a chance to talk with him briefly!).

The title "Washed and Waiting" reflects Wesley's understanding of the reality in which believers (gay and straight) find themselves: the reality of being saved and forgiven and transformed through Christ's resurrection while still awaiting the final and ultimate redemption that will only come at the consummation of the kingdom of God. His book is unique in that it articulates a distinctively homosexual response and wrestling with this reality: for someone who is gay, the only response that still takes seriously the authority of the Bible and the reality of salvation through Jesus Christ is celibacy.

Wesley's excellent scriptural and theological articulation of life between the two poles of "washed" and "waiting" gives hope and encouragement to anybody - not just homosexuals - who struggles with persistent sin, doubt, loneliness, and struggles despite being a follower of Jesus. The truth that homosexuals and heterosexuals both find themselves ultimately faced with the same tension - living between the two poles of "washed" and "waiting" - has the potential to be a powerful message of reconciliation and strength in the evangelical church.

There are other important themes touched on in this book, such as the fact that our present culture tends to suggest that the height of humanness and intimacy is sexual activity, while the New Testament, in opposition to this, says that the height of such things is membership in the body of Christ. I'll simply conclude by saying that Wesley's book offers an important two-sided corrective. On the one hand this book seeks to correct those who think a biblical worldview is stifling, restrictive, and damaging for gay persons. If what the Bible says about human flourishing is true - and there is good reason to think so - then it is only within God's plan for humanity that individual persons, gay or straight, can ultimately be set free and healed. On the other hand this book seeks to correct and challenge those evangelicals who are uncomfortable around or who avoid gay people, or who still persist in the simplistic (and psychologically / spiritually / historically untenable) notion that homosexuality is always and for all persons a choice. To them, Wesley would say simply: What are you doing to make your churches places where people who struggle with loneliness, shame, and isolation - which certainly includes celibate Christian homosexuals but is not limited to them - are welcomed, strengthened, warmed, supported, and loved? It's a challenging thought.

I hope that Wesley continues to write. His theological acumen and writing style are both razor-sharp, and I'd be interested to see what he has to say about other areas of theology. But I also hope that this book inspires other people to be open and honest with their church communities about their sexual struggles. That area of struggle is so shame- and fear-inducing, and it's simply not biblical for local churches to hinder rather than help believers in this area. That arena must also be redeemed and believers must learn to be more honest about their own struggles, sexual and otherwise. Wesley's book is an important clarion call for all believers regardless of their sexual orientation. I hope it gains a wide hearing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Relevant for all who struggle with temptation 17 Mar. 2011
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Wesley Hill is a most counter-cultural person: he is a homosexual Christian who nevertheless believes that 1) the Bible is categorically against all forms of homosexual expression, including a loving, committed relationship and 2) this condemnation is sound. As such he has committed himself to celibacy, unless (or until) he develops an attraction to the opposite sex.

In this eloquent, fascinating book, Hill recounts his struggles as a homosexual Christian and gives an apologia for his current position. His struggle is two-fold: despite much prayer and pleading, he has not experienced a dramatic reversal of his sexual orientation, so he continues to be tempted by lustful feelings for other men. But because he believes it would be wrong to act on them, he experiences intense loneliness as well as shame. Given this two-front struggle, readers will wonder why he does not simply change his stance and enter a committed homosexual relationship. Why continue to abide by behavioral restrictions which most of our society views as outdated and puritanical anyway?

The simple reason is that Hill believes the Gospel to be true: it reveals the truth about why God created the universe, including human beings, and what He intends for them. Because of that, the biblical condemnation of homosexuality is not arbitrary and tyrannical, but in fact a reflection of the way things ought to be in God's creation. If you're instructing someone how to use a car it is not arbitrary or tyrannical to insist that they must fill the tank with gasoline instead of vinegar: cars were made to run on gasoline, not vinegar. Even though this is a short book, Hill quite convincingly argues that the biblical narrative does, indeed, frown upon homosexual relationships. Thus, for a homosexual Christian who insists on being true to the Bible, celibacy is the only option.

This is not to say that celibacy comes easily, even for a committed Christian. In fact, Hill recounts for us a life full of struggle, sighs, loneliness and desperation. After all, sexual longing is one of the most powerful desires we can experience, and we tend to view sexual expression as essential to living a fulfilling human life. By way of response, Hill suggests that this view of sexuality is an idol of modernity, and that sexual love, while amazing, is not the highest form of human love.By the end Hill is convinced that the God-given cure for loneliness is the kind of deep friendship that exists among the brothers and sisters in the Church, as well as the recognition that God Himself desires us, no matter our sexual orientation or our past sins.

This is an incredibly powerful, uplifting little book. Hill writes eloquently and liberally quotes from classics in theology, literature and even film in support of his discussion. Some of the quotes themselves are worth the price of the book. But most importantly, Hill has given us an honest, searching account of the struggle of homosexual Christians to be faithful to the Gospel. Perhaps the most important thing that I took away from it is that, even though I'm not homosexual myself, I too face my own set of temptations and my own idols that I have to sacrifice in order to be faithful to the Gospel. For example, I am still single and must contend with the biblical mandate that sex be confined to the marriage bed. So his comments on the struggle with temptation are directly applicable to me personally, as I'm sure they would be to any reader regardless of their particular temptations.

I am very grateful to Wesley Hill for writing this book, and I pray that he may find the acceptance and relational fulfillment that he is looking for.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Than Worth the Read (and purchase price!) 25 Feb. 2011
By Matt Schaffner - Published on Amazon.com
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While on the surface, Washed and Waiting might look like any number of books published regarding homosexuality and the church, making that assumption would be leave one far wrong. Instead of a treatise on the evils of homosexuality or some theological gymnastics to explain away the biblical prohibition, Wesley attempts to simply explain who he is and what he believes. It is an intensely personal journey, as he shares his struggles and heart. The end result is something that speaks into far more situations than simply his.

As a straight, married, father of 5 I have little in common with Wes. However, as a man and Christian who has struggled with temptation, I can go beyond relating and almost walk with him. The specifics are different, but the conclusions drawn in the first chapters can apply to any sin issue. Whether it's dealing with same-sex attraction, lust (for any gender), compulsive lying, or anything else for that matter, we can glean much from the experience Wesley has lived. His journey highlights several specifics of note: 1. Sin is sin and we must acknowledge it as so; 2. Community is the only way to win in a sin battle (not personal resolve or chutzpah); 3. Giving up something to gain everything is the heart of the human condition coupled to Christ.

While those thoughts may not be groundbreaking (many have written similar things), the way they are presented is. We are a narrative people, which is why Jesus told stories all the time, and we relate best and learn the best from stories. Whether he meant to or not, the structure or the book being built around intensely personal stories brings home the truths in a way that mere words, no matter their eloquence, could. You find yourself relating to the struggles through the mirror of your own issues, seeing his answers and realizing (hopefully!) that the same answer can easily apply to you. As a youth pastor, I am hoping that is what happens as our senior high is going to embark on a journey through the book. Normally, something I have reviewed doesn't find its way into ministry this quickly, but the reading of this book caught me in ways that I didn't expect.

In fact, because of the experience I had reading the book, I am optimistically hopeful that it will have the same affect on my students. If it doesn't, that is also fine, as the secondary goal is to get them to struggle with something that culture says is beyond okay. In fact, even many churches go that route. If they can learn how anyone, gay or straight, male or female, weird or normal, deals with this Christian life, it is surely a good thing. If they learn that restraint, in any circumstance, is better than giving in to the temptation, it's more than worth the reading. If they learn that dealing with sexual orientation is still a choice (meaning they don't have to act on their sexuality, it merely is), it's worth far more than the price of the books.

Whether you agree with him or not, tagging along on this portion of Wesley's journey should show you someone who is authentically trying to live out faith. More than that, it ought to show what being faithful in any circumstance might look like. Get the book, read it, and engage with Wesley as he strives to be faithful to God and himself...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great understanding of sexuality. 28 Feb. 2011
By Adam Shields - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the things I remember from a grad class about understanding diversity is that often people do not focus on their identity as ... until they are a minority in that area. So people often do not think about their maleness, until they are in a class of all women. They do not think about their Appalachia roots until they live in New York City.

Wesley Hill has a better understanding of the purpose and use of sex from a Christian perspective than most Christian books on sex or marriage that I have read. I think it is in part because of his struggle to understand sexuality as a consciously gay Evangelical (and so sex is something he cannot have).

There are three things that this book really gets right. One it is very consciously personal. About half of the book recounts Hill's struggle to understand his sexuality and his decision about why he feels that the only way he can be authentically Christian and still true to himself is to be celibate. The second thing that he gets right is that he does not keep it personal. He tracks two others Christians that also were both gay and celibate (Henri Nouwen and Gerald Manley Hopkins). Hill is still young, as a 20 something he does not have the life experience to discuss celibacy as a long term lifestyle and I think he wisely brings in the experience of two now deceased men. The picture of these men is not all that pretty, they lived tortured and lonely lives, but that is also part of what Hill will live as well if he continues to choose a celibate life. The third thing that I really appreciate is a view of sexuality as something that is not a 'right'. And he views all of life as a possible means of teaching us to be like Christ. This connectedness of life to Christ is important to how he understands God. God is not a cosmic killjoy that says he can't have sex out of meanness, but instead God has created a world that is fallen and that God uses the fallenness to mold us into the people he (God) wants us to be.

What I want for Hill is a better understanding of community and friendship. I understand why he has issues with community and friendship, but I think it is a result of a weakness of modern American Evangelical theology more than anything else. I want him to read Sacred Unions, Sacred Passions to help understand how cross-gender (or in his case other male) friendships can be non-erotic and fulfilling. And I think that a better understanding of monastic theology would help him understand the role of community in faith formation better.

Overall, I really recommend this book. Anyone that has friends struggling with same gender attraction will find a better understanding of the struggle in this book. Anyone that is struggling with celibacy (gay or straight) will find a good understanding of the role of celibacy in the church. I also think many married people will find his understanding of sex useful because sex in marriage is not (or should not) be about personal fulfillment like what culture makes it out to be.

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I received this book from the publisher for purposes of review. I have passed it on to a friend.
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