Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity

Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity

by Gregory Coles, Wesley Hill

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830890934
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 08/22/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 857,620
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Gregory Coles is a coauthor of Jim Henson's "The Dark Crystal" Author Quest, a collection of short stories. Greg spent fifteen years growing up in the Muslim neighborhoods of Southeast Asia. Today he is a PhD student, part-time English instructor at Penn State University, and worship leader in his church.

Table of Contents

Prelude: Promises

1. Revelation

2. Almost Straight

3. Debating the Divine

4. What God Called Good

Interlude: A Song for the Unknowing

5. Stranger Incognito

6. To Know as I Am Known

7. Nature Abhors a Vacuum

8. Quo Vadis?

Postlude: A Letter to Myself at Age Twelve

What People are Saying About This

Preston Sprinkle

"I couldn't put it down. The blend of experience, wisdom, and beautiful prose grabbed hold of my heart and sent me on an adventure. Thank you, Greg, for challenging so much of what I thought I knew about the topic (and people!) of faith and sexuality. I cannot more highly recommend this book."

Andy Mineo

"Before we can speak, we must listen. Especially to those who have been marginalized, pushed aside, and undervalued. This book serves as an opportunity to do just that. To hear from a man who knows and loves Jesus and wrestles honestly with himself and God. Listen to him. Hear his story. Enter into another perspective, a narrative that is often untold."

Kevin D. Koslowsky

"Coles's book offers a service to Christian leaders to engage in meaningful conversation with a brother in Christ."

Ronald J. Sider

"Simply fabulous. Wonderfully honest. Superbly written. Deeply inspiring in its powerful portrayal of one person's struggle to choose Jesus above all. I learned so much from this fantastic story of Greg's both agonizing and exhilarating journey in faith. This is a book every Christian—especially heterosexual evangelicals—must read if we are to learn to love our LGBTQ neighbors, friends, and Christian brothers and sisters the way Jesus does."

Carolyn Carney

"Greg Coles has poured himself out beautifully in this transparent account of his life with Christ as a young gay man. He asks whether the Bible leaves room for monogamous same-sex relationships and agonizes over how the church will treat singleness and sexual minorities. His answers are not easy. Especially for him. If you want to be inspired by one man's deep and unfailing love of Jesus, read this book. If you or someone you love is a follower of Jesus who happens to be gay, this is a must-read."

Eve Tushnet

"Endearing, raw, and honest. A heartfelt contribution to the growing literature on openly gay lives of fruitful obedience in the traditional churches."

Debra Hirsch

"I found Greg's poignant autobiography not just to be intellectually and theologically honest, but also to be a poetic and wonderfully human book. Single, Gay, Christian is nourishment for the soul of anyone who seeks to love Jesus in our times. It captured my heart as I am sure it will yours. I loved it!"

D. A. Carson

"To say this book is important is a painful understatement. It is the candid, moving, intensely personal story of a gay young man who wants to live his life under the authority of King Jesus and who refuses to accept the comforting answers proffered by different parts of the culture. Superbly written, this book stands athwart the shibboleths of our day and reminds us what submission to King Jesus looks like, what it feels like. This book needs to be thoughtfully read by straight people and by gay people, by unbelievers and by Christians. It is not to be read with a condescending smirk, but with humility."

Ed Shaw

"Greg has written a book that is a delight to read both because of the beauty of his writing and his main message: that our good God made no mistakes in either making him the way that he is or asking him to live life the way that he is."

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