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Love Lifted Me: In Spite of the Church
     

Love Lifted Me: In Spite of the Church

by K. Godfrey Easter
 
Love Lifted Me: In Spite Of The Church is the inspirational read of an African-American, openly gay man�s triumphant journey through the guilt, shame and condemnation brought on by his religious upbringing. It chronicles events from his youth and throughout his young adulthood, describing a vivid, moving and sometimes comical portrait of how seemingly

Overview

Love Lifted Me: In Spite Of The Church is the inspirational read of an African-American, openly gay man�s triumphant journey through the guilt, shame and condemnation brought on by his religious upbringing. It chronicles events from his youth and throughout his young adulthood, describing a vivid, moving and sometimes comical portrait of how seemingly insurmountable social and spiritual challenges led him to his own Damascus Road. There, he describes in his book, �...within my own private valley of the shadow of death,� is where his deeply rooted faith in the unconditionally loving Creator was forever restored; and his unique, human orientation eternally validated by God.

Easter writes: �But be not dismayed. We�ll eventually reach the other side of the Christian�s hell, where a smoother ride exists.� Elsewhere he states, �As the proud, single parent of a sixteen-year-old son, how could I not be the proper example and openly declare my social validity and spiritual liberty?� More than any other published book today on black, gay spirituality, with his book, Easter exposes the religious ambiguity lodged deep within the trenches of African American organized religion, as he�s experienced it, describing how he made it over. �If God has set me free, why should I be bound by the church?� He boldly declares.

About the Author

K. Godfrey Easter is currently the Director of Finance for a youth and family counseling agency located in Seattle�s inner city. He also proudly participates as an openly gay minister of music for Evangelistic Center Church Of God In Christ - a mainstream, yet openly loving, Pentecostal church, located in Tacoma, Washington.

A key participant among gay social organizations since the early 1990�s, Easter is becoming an important figure pertaining to equal social rights and spiritual liberties, especially for same-gender-loving individuals of color. He currently holds a seat on the Seattle Police Department Sexual Minority Advisory Committee, and has served on the board of the People Of Color Against AIDS Network. Former social affiliations include Seattle�s PFLAG Chapter, Northwest AIDS Foundation, and the People With AIDS Coalition in Houston, Texas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780971960404
Publisher:
LLM Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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