Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity

Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity

2017 Foreword INDIES Award FinalistIn an age where neither society nor the church knows what to do with gay Christians, Greg Coles tells his own story. Let's make a deal, you and me. Let's make promises to each other. I promise to tell you my story. The whole story. I'll tell you about a boy in love with Jesus who, at the fateful onset of puberty, realized his sexual attractions were persistently and exclusively for other guys. I'll tell you how I lay on my bed in the middle of the night and whispered to myself the words I've whispered a thousand times since: "I'm gay." I'll show you the world through my eyes. I'll tell you what it's like to belong nowhere. To know that much of my Christian family will forever consider me unnatural, dangerous, because of something that feels as involuntary as my eye color. And to know that much of the LGBTQ community that shares my experience as a sexual minority will disagree with the way I've chosen to interpret the call of Jesus, believing I've bought into a tragic, archaic ritual of self-hatred. But I promise my story won't all be sadness and loneliness and struggle. I'll tell you good things too, hopeful things, funny things, like the time I accidentally came out to my best friend during his bachelor party. I'll tell you what it felt like the first time someone looked me in the eyes and said, "You are not a mistake." I'll tell you that joy and sorrow are not opposites, that my life has never been more beautiful than when it was most brokenhearted. If you'll listen, I promise I'll tell you everything, and you can decide for yourself what you want to believe about me.

Title:Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity
ISBN:9780830845125
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    Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity Reviews

  • Peter Jones

    This type of book is becoming more common: a professing Christian struggles with gay/homosexual desires, etc. He comes to realize after some study that gay sex is wrong (for them), but gay desires are...

  • Bob

    Summary: An autobiographical narrative of a young Christian who becomes aware of his attraction to other men, his struggles against this within a Christian context, his experiences of "coming out," an...

  • Will Turner

    As much as I appreciate Gregory's story there is a deep-seated danger with this book. The root question which we need to ask is this: is homosexuality a sin? And we need to answer that from Scripture....

  • Danette

    I'm not sure what to think of this book. Gregory is a gifted writer and candid about his life experiences thus far. I'm interested in being more understanding and in being faithful to God's Word. I am...

  • Amanda

    Makes me long for and want to follow Jesus, which is the highest praise I could ever give....

  • Justin Kendrick

    The was a great book. I would recommend it to any believer looking for greater perspective on sexual identity. It allows for a foundation of grace and love towards those who experience non-normative s...

  • Bekah

    "I’m the guy you thought you could never be: a guy who’s gay and loves Jesus and isn’t ashamed to admit either of those things."This bold statement, in a line from a letter addressed to himself ...

  • Sarah Michel

    “If we truly love Scripture, we have to love it enough to let it prove us wrong.And at the same time, we have to love it enough to let it tell us what we don’t want to hear.” It seems like these...

  • Jonathan Marks

    Sitting down to review this book, I don’t quite know where to begin. Cut me some slack. I've never done this before.I first met Greg four years ago while studying chemical engineering at Penn State....

  • Christopher Lawson

    "I am Not a Mistake."I happened to spot this little book at our local library. I was pretty sure what the theme would be, but I was completely, 100% in error. This book is not at all what I thought it...