Worldviews collide when the spirited D.J. Martinez, the only openly gay student at his (fictional) conservative college, sets out to start an on-campus support group for LGBT individuals. Joined in his quest by the kind and sensitive Ally Holman, D.J. repeatedly clashes with John Brock, the brilliant moralist at the head of student government - which alone has the power to approve or deny the proposed club. As the pivotal vote draws near, the three will find their deepest assumptions challenged and every aspect of their faith tested, as they learn new ways to live in a complicated world and discover what - if anything - is truly worth fighting for.
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About the Author
Tyler Francke is a journalist, photographer, blogger and author. He is the founder of God of Evolution - a website dedicated to promoting the compatibility of biblical Christianity and mainstream science - and a contributor to Relevant, Sojourners, Venn Magazine and other outlets on matters of faith and culture. He is an active leader at his evangelical church and lives with his wife and daughter on a small sheep farm outside Portland, Ore.
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Reoriented based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I wasn’t sure I would like this book after reading the Author’s Note, in which Francke says that he’s unconvinced by biblical scholarship that posits anything other than a traditional view of homosexuality as sinful. I would have preferred that he take a stronger pro-gay stance, given the topic and title of the book. However, Francke does say that his aim in writing the book is to show Jesus’ love and grace for all humankind, and to counter the overwhelming perception of evangelical Christians as being anti-gay, and so I tried to read with an open mind. I believe he achieved his aim. The novel makes a needed contribution to a topic in which, too often, LGBT individuals are talked about as if they are an issue or a problem—it they are discussed at all—by the church. Francke portrays conversations between Bible-believing Christians who think being gay is a sin, Christians who are supportive of their LGBT brothers and sisters, and LGBT Christians who have struggled for acceptance by their fellow Christians. The conversations are rooted in solid biblical scholarship, and they convey the various points of view without being overly preachy. I appreciate that Francke created three winsome main characters, each of whom has believable wants, needs, and stakes. He has woven an interesting and believable story, set at a small Christian college in Oregon, in which dialogue between the characters leads to growth and learning. I recommend Reoriented to anyone who is interested in how people of faith treat LGBT people.