- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Church Home Group Resources Ltd (1 July 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0953239829
- ISBN-13: 978-0953239825
- Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 1.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,398,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Out of the Shadows Paperback – 1 Jul 2008
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Regarding the book, I'm not sure I agree with all his conclusions and I'm not sure I'd recommend it as early reading for a Christian who's got questions about their own sexuality. However, I believe this is a MUST-READ for anyone in a Christian leadership or pastoral role. Graham is raising issues and asking questions that won't go away, and there is no excuse for not facing up to them. This book helps us do that. His own testimony is well and movingly written and, again, every Christian leader/pastor needs to really listen to stories like Graham's, in order to understand and empathise, even one ends up disagreeing with points of principle.
This immensely readable book is a MUST-READ for any serious evangelical Christian who is concerned about one of the hottest issues today that threatens to split the Church. With a profound humility and grace, Graham Ingram gives the reader a very honest account of what it has meant for him to live with integrity as a gay man and a conservative evangelical.
He has also undertaken a great deal of in-depth research which leaves few, if any, of the burning questions around this issue unanswered. In view of the fact that he has not departed from an evangelical view of Scripture on the gay issue, any bible-believing Christian need have no fears that they are going to be asked to compromise their convictions on issues of sexual morality or their understanding of traditional Christian doctrine. But because Graham is so candid about his own sexuality and transparently honest about the challenges and realities of living as a celibate gay Christian man, (he is also a well-known pastor and bible teacher), this book offers tremendous understanding and encouragement to any gay person who is trying to work out how to live with integrity as a gay Christian. Because one of the outstanding qualities that makes this book such a great contribution to our understanding of the subject is his compassion and willingness to listen to and engage with the experience of others, on all sides of the debate.
But this book won't be comfortable reading for anyone who merely wants to see their traditional conservative views rubber-stamped with approval so that they need not engage with the pain and heartache that so many gay people suffer. Graham Ingram's book challenges us to discover in greater depth the heart of compassion that is the heart of Christ. This excellent book will surely be welcomed warmly by any Christian wanting to understand the issues at a much deeper level.
"By this shall all men know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another" Why do we fail so fully on this one thing? Are we prepared to ask for HIS help to find this love for each other? These are the questions Graham stirs in us - can we find the answers? If you are serious about trying, I recommend reading this book. Will you find the answers here???? You will certainly have started the journey!
I felt the book was not what it purported to be, given the theological credentials he was holding out.
QUite why this is given title Kids Review I had no idea.