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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User Review  - wbc3 - LibraryThing

he book is a self-exploration of Wesley Hill’s homosexuality in light of his Christian faith. He details his life and his decision to live as a Christian, celibate homosexual. Hill does not pretend ... Read full review

mixed feelings

User Review  - matt m - Christianbook.com

I do not like the term, "gay Christian", which is a term that the author uses in the book. Even though he argues that those with same-sex attractions, have to remain celibate, I do not consider the ... Read full review

Contents

Authors Note
9
Washed and Waiting
25
A StoryShaped Life
51
the Beautiful incision
83
thou art Lightning and Love
123
Afterword by Kathryn GreeneMcCreight
151
Copyright

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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 FellowshipĂs magazine Critique.

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