At 14, David Bennett came out to his parents.At 19, he encountered Jesus Christ.At that moment, his life changed forever.
As a young gay man, David Bennett saw Christianity as an enemy to freedom for LGBTQI people, and his early experiences with prejudice and homophobia led him to become a gay activist. But when Jesus came into his life in a highly unexpected way, he was led down a path he never would have predicted or imagined.
In A War of Loves, David recounts his dramatic story, from his early years exploring new age religions and French existentialism to his university experiences as an activist. Following supernatural encounters with God, he embarked on a journey not only of seeking to reconcile his faith and sexuality but also of discovering the higher call of Jesus Christ.
A War of Loves investigates what the Bible teaches about sexuality and demonstrates the profligate, unqualified grace of God for all people. David describes the joy and intimacy he found in following Jesus Christ and how love has taken on a radically new and far richer meaning for him.
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About the Author
David Bennett is from Sydney, Australia, and is reading for a DPhil (PhD) in theology at the University of Oxford. He is a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and holds an Oxford postgraduate degree in theology, as well as a master’s degree in analytic theology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Table of ContentsPart One: The Search
1. Coming Out
2. Psychics and Boyfriends
3. The LGBTQI Activist
4. The Gay World and Oxford Street
5. University and a Love Triangle
6. Worlds Clashing: Christmas Conflicts
Part Two: The Encounter
7. Pub Prayers
8. The Film Festival
9. Prophecies and Coincidences
11. Marriage and Boyfriends
12. The Root of Bitterness
Part Three: Sense and Sexuality: Wrestling with God
13. Living Under the Word: Did God Really Say?
14. Law Vs. Grace
15. Facing Facts
16. Idolatry or Celibacy? Resurrection Power and the Body
17. Romance in France
Part Four: The New Identity
18. Acceptance and Affirmation
19. The Love of God: Eros and Agape
20. Broken Worship: From Orphan to Son
21. A Unique Sacrifice, a New Identity
22. Now but Not Yet: Suffering and Glory
23. Worship: The Trinity and Image of God
24. What Now for the Church? A New Way
25. Intimacy and Beloved Friendship
26. Mutual Understanding: The Church and the Gay Community
27. Gift and Sacrifice: Homosexuality, Salvation, and Holiness
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
David's story is absolutely incredible. As I began reading this book, I honestly could not put it down, and I finished it within just a few days. All throughout his book, you just constantly see David pointing back to Jesus, time and time again. Please, please, please read this book. This is one of the best books I've ever read. It will honestly change your life.
A War of Loves: The Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus is the biography of one man's journey, from antagonistic agnostic to intimate friend of Jesus. On his journey of discovering what true relationship and love is, David Bennett is challenged by voices from the gay community, from Christians, and from God himself. His personal story, written with an uncommon transparency, authenticity, and warmth coupled with insightful, inspiring biblical understanding is both moving, drawing tears and joy, and challenging, causing one to stop and reconsider prejudice or assumption. A compelling story of God’s boundless grace and mercy, A War of Loves, looks honestly at homosexuality, particularly, but is filled with life lessons for people of any sexuality. Bennett writes, “Every Christian, gay or straight, must offer their body as a living sacrifice to God, like Jesus did on the cross. This is, as Paul says, our spiritual act of worship (Romans12:1). That means that for both a gay person and a heterosexual person, living in a sex-obsessed culture, the crucifixion of our old nature and the embrace of our new one is the highest act of worship.” I have not met David Bennett in person but through his writing I feel as though I have gained an adviser on what has become a polarizing topic within the church and in society generally. So, regardless of your sexuality, faith, or cultural context, I suggest you read this book; allow God to speak to you of his abundant love through it.
A War of Loves is a beautifully written, heartfelt autobiography offering hope to all of those seeking to reconcile their faith and sexuality today. Bennett shares his story and reflects on it in light of the Bible throughout the book. I truly appreciate his thoughts from all angles of the subject. Because we have a loved one that is gay and against Christianity because of it, my husband and I want to love him as Jesus would. I think reading this book has helped me to gain better perspective and to be able to offer more compassion. I see Bennett's heart toward serving Christ and sharing in such a way that the church and the gay community can both converse and reflect in a better way. Honestly, before the gay member of our family told us, we didn't know anything except what we heard on the sidelines of the discussion. After reading Bennett's book, I feel like I can better support our loved one. I also better know how to pray for him as a result of this book. I appreciate that Bennett told readers some of the things that were offensive that I had no idea were offensive, like certain words or phrases. I don't know anything about gay culture so I understood much more. I also like that he shared what his parents and relatives thought and their experiences. I guess, if I could wish for a little more from a truly great book, I wish that he would have shared more about how his relationship with his parents and family later in the book. I am so thankful I read A War of Loves. I would encourage every Christian to read it. I think it would help further better discussion in churches. I am not a theologian, but I found the theology shared in this book easy to understand even though Bennett is a well-educated scholar who could probably talk above many of us, but he doesn't. Any phrases that I was unfamiliar with regarding the gay community, Bennett shared in the glossary in the back. There are also two helpful appendixes in the back of the book: one entitled, "What I learned the Scriptures Really Say about Homosexuality" and the other, "Desiring and Imaging God: The Challenges." In A War of Loves, I especially liked that Bennett shared how as Christians we could be more compassionate to those we don't understand. He also talks about how church people sometimes treat singles and how there is often on emphasis on romance and finding a partner for heterosexual couples within the church. I would agree. I don't know what it is like to be gay, but I do know what it feels like to not fit in due to differences that you can't help. I found myself getting emotional at times reading this book as I could see life and the church through his eyes. Bennett has shared his heart and put a lot of thought in this book. Most importantly, he shared how he has been touched by his relationship with Jesus and how it has changed everything for him. He is definitely a man looking to serve God "for such a time as this." I encourage you to thoughtfully and prayerfully read it and reflect as well. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.