In the Eye of the Storm: Swept to the Center by God

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Gene Robinson is bishop of the tiny, rural Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, but he's at the center of a storm of controversy raging in the Episcopal Church and throughout the worldwide Anglican Communion involving homosexuality, the priesthood, and the future of the Communion. This book offers an honest, thoughtful portrait of Robinson, the faith that has informed his life, and the controversy that continues to rock his Church.

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In this meandering but charming book, Robinson, the controversial gay Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, addresses sexuality and theology. He argues that the cause for which the planets "seem to be aligned" today is full civil rights of GLBT people. Many of the arguments he rehearses are familiar: the church today faces a struggle similar to the civil rights movement of the 1960s; the way we think about sexual orientation today was unknown in biblical times; and so forth. More original is Robinson's discussion of the vulnerability of sex, and his support for abstinence outside of committed relationships, because sex in other contexts is likely to hurt people. But this book goes beyond sex to Christian theology. Robinson reviews his beliefs in the Incarnation and in forgiveness. He insists that the God he knows is a God of radical inclusion, who wants to lift up allthe oppressed, including women, minorities and the poor. That good news, Robinson admits, actually makes him somewhat uncomfortable, since he knows that he is among the world's most privileged people. Sometimes Robinson's prose is a bit florid, but his passion will draw in many mainline Protestant readers. (Apr. 7)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596270886
  • Publisher: Church Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 429,310
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword     xi
Introduction     1
The Elephant in the Room: Homosexuality and the Church
A Mighty Wind     9
Civil Discourse     15
Sex and the City of God     29
June Bride     45
Faith and Life: Everyday Christianity
I Love the Bible     52
Daily Resurrection     62
Fear Not     65
The Gamble of Forgiveness     70
Heart's Desire     73
I Love to Tell the Story     78
Risking Everything     87
Embracing the Exile: Notes from the Margins
We Are the Church     95
Setting Captives Free     102
The Neighborhood     107
God's Loving Hands in the World: Building the Body of Christ
Inauguration Day     115
Infectious Love     120
Religion and Politics     128
The Compass Rose Charting the Course of the Anglican Communion
Blessed Minority Report     135
What Are They Afraid Of?     139
Reconciliation: The Toughest Love     146
God in the Details     161
Family Reunion     167
Finding Home: The Miracle of Communion     173
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2009

    An Average Read

    There were moment of true brilliance, but it fell short whenever the ministering took the place of the research, analysis and insights of the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2008

    excellent read and uplifting to the spirit

    Gene Robinson as a deep love for the Lord and took risk in his life like most of us should learn to do. This book was a great witness to the ministry of God and the way he was working in a powerful way. ANd it was great to see the way a community could be excepting of there wonderful priest and what a gift they truly have in him.

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