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1 January 2010
A Parent's Review

This book is a must for any lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) person, or any member of their families, who may have experienced difficulties in coming to terms with their faith, or with attitudes within their church towards their sexuality. It focuses on vivid accounts from real people of their experiences, good and bad, within their faith communities. The authors discuss and validate these personal accounts and the book comes alive because of them. Personal survival journeys are respectfully outlined - whether it is to leave the church, or to engage differently; maybe by rejecting certain theologies which have been used to condemn them, but still remaining involved and active within the church community.
It is a valuable addition to the wider LGBT literature which addresses issues of faith, as it explores different strategies that people in similar challenging situations have employed. It is rightly called "a survival guide" and indeed describes how some LGBT people have managed to carve out a career path within the church. There are chapters on relating to God, working through depression, coming out in church, in working with young people, and on love and marriage.
It is an easily accessible book in terms of reading - easy to dip into. The authors are a clinical psychologist and a writer and editor.
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4.7 out of 5 stars