Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate

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FaithWords, Nov 13, 2012 - Religion - 272 pages
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As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed "God Boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events--his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible--that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance.

But more than just a memoir, TORN provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members--or who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that "in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace," Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another.

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Easy to read with accurate information about the Bible. - Goodreads
I felt the ending was abrupt but it is really a memoir. - Goodreads
This book has given me new insight and perspective. - Goodreads
Engaging, easy to read and insightful. - Goodreads

Review: Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate

User Review  - Erin Thomas - Goodreads

If Matthew Vines pursues a theology route with elements of his own experiences added in, Justin Lee pursues an autobiographical route with some theology explored. His honest, clear tone is at once ... Read full review

Review: Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate

User Review  - Ashley Bunnell - Goodreads

I loved this book. Justin Lee writes in a very straight-forward way, easy to digest. I really appreciated his honesty, and the simplicity with which he runs through some of the attitudes of Christians ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network (GCN), a nonprofit, interdenominational organization working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians and support people on both sides wrestling with related issues.

A passionate Christian from a conservative evangelical background, Justin thought he knew everything there was to know about the Christian approach to homosexuality-until unexpected events turned his world upside down and forced him to reconsider everything he believed. Today, his organization works with individuals, families, and churches to stop the debate from tearing people apart.

Justin's work has garnered national attention and praise from gays and Christians from across the theological spectrum. He has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television venues including Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper 360, the Associated Press, and a front page article in The New York Times. He is the director of the 2009 documentary Through My Eyes about the debate's impact on young Christians, and the co-host of popular long-running podcast GCN Radio. Justin lives in Raleigh, NC.

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