Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality

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Zondervan, 2010 - Religion - 160 pages
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"Gay," "Christian," and "celibate" don't often appear in the same sentence. Yet many who sit next to us in the pew at church fit that description, says author Wesley Hill. As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God's "No" to same-sex relationships. What does it mean for gay Christians to live faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God's will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Those who choose celibacy are often left to deal with loneliness and the hunger for relationships. How can gay Christians experience God's favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of shame and guilt? Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, such as Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hill offers a fresh perspective on these questions. He advocates neither unqualified "healing" for those who struggle, nor their accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness. "I hope this book may encourage other homosexual Christians to take the risky step of opening up their lives to others in the body of Christ," Hill writes. "In so doing, they may find, as I have, by grace, that being known is spiritually healthier than remaining behind closed doors, that the light is better than the darkness."


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Great diction, smart layout, erroneous content. - Goodreads
I found Hill's writing style to be an utter drag. - Goodreads
Wesley Hill is not a "neutral" writer. - Goodreads

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3.5 stars The layout of this personal memoir of Hill, a celibate gay Christian, is straightforward and sensible. The flow and vocabulary of the book are intelligent and cognizant, as well. In fact, I ... Read full review

Review: Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality

User Review  - Josh Meares - Goodreads

I planned to start reading this book on the flight from LA to Indonesia. I ended up reading the entire book. Wesley Hill is not a "neutral" writer. He has a decided interest in this discussion. He is ... Read full review


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Washed and Waiting
A StoryShaped Life
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About the author (2010)

Wesley Hill graduated from Wheaton College and has an MA in Theology and Religion from Durham University in the UK. He is currently working toward a PhD in New Testament at Durham and has written for Books & Culture and Ransom FellowshipÆs magazine Critique.

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