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Marin's book is a reflection of the work of his Marin Foundation, which seeks to build a bridge between the GLBT community and communities of faith. Himself heterosexual, Marin urges these communities to approach each other without an insistence that either "side" yield up cherished beliefs-for him, the distinctive mark of the Christian is love, not judgment. Many readers will find his simple insights transformative.
Sweeney (assoc. publisher, Paraclete; Light in the Dark Ages: The Friendhip of Francis and Clare of Assisi) has written what is far from the first and will be far from the last work in a popular subgenre in contemporary spiritual writing: the touristic glimpse into cloister life. Here he details talks with Cistercian and Benedictine monks at monasteries nationwide. Slight but charming, his contribution should find readers among those who enjoy Thomas Merton's writings or Philip GrA¶ning's documentary film Into Great Silence.
Posted February 12, 2010
Many people often wonder why the homosexual community and Christians just can't get along. Well, Andrew Marin provides a deep insight from his own experiences both as an avid homophobic Christian and immersing himself in the gay community.
This man's done whatever he could to try and understand his three best friends who came out to him in three consecutive months. He visited gay bars, scared out of his mind and unsure of what they might do. He describes his growth in his faith in parallel with the friendliness offered to him by the gay community.
Andrew Marin knows what he's talking about, and provides enough examples to show how the Lord works through him and reaches out to individuals who need Him the most. Andrew Marin shows that it's not what each side believes differently, but what each side believes in together: The love of God reaches out to all. Leave the judging to Him. It's our job to display an unconditional love.
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Posted August 12, 2010
The pastor of my church mentioned that the elders were reading this title to better understand the gay community, and I immediately ordered a copy to see what they were up to. Wow! Andrew Marin is an inspiration -- an evangelical who really loves people, regardless of what they do with that love. He refuses to demand that they change, but leaves the results to God and is willing to wait as long as it takes to see the results. After reading his story, I couldn't help wanting to be more like him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 27, 2009
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