As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed "God Boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the eventshis coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Biblethat led him, eventually, to self-acceptance.
But more than just a memoir, TORN provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family membersor who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that "in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace," Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another.
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About the Author
Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network (GCN), a nonprofit, interdenominational organization working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians and support people on both sides wrestling with related issues.
A passionate Christian from a conservative evangelical background, Justin thought he knew everything there was to know about the Christian approach to homosexuality-until unexpected events turned his world upside down and forced him to reconsider everything he believed. Today, his organization works with individuals, families, and churches to stop the debate from tearing people apart.
Justin's work has garnered national attention and praise from gays and Christians from across the theological spectrum. He has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television venues including Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper 360, the Associated Press, and a front page article in The New York Times. He is the director of the 2009 documentary Through My Eyes about the debate's impact on young Christians, and the co-host of popular long-running podcast GCN Radio. Justin lives in Raleigh, NC.
Table of Contents
Author's Note ix
Chapter 1 Battle of the Century 1
Chapter 2 God Boy 12
Chapter 3 The Struggle 19
Chapter 4 The Truth Comes Out 27
Chapter 5 Why Are People Gay? 51
Chapter 6 Justin in Exgayland 70
Chapter 7 That the Man Should Be Alone 97
Chapter 8 South Park Christians 106
Chapter 9 The Poisoned Yeast 125
Chapter 10 Faith Assassins 135
Chapter 11 The Other Side 148
Chapter 12 Back to the Bible 168
Chapter 13 Whatever Commandment There May Be 191
Chapter 14 Lightning Rod 209
Chapter 15 The Way Forward 226
What People are Saying About This
This book is full of three things that are not always much in evidence in our debates on sexualityfresh air, common sense and manifest love of Christ. What makes it different is that it is not essentially about arguing a case but abut bridging the gaps of understanding and sympathy that (inside and outside the Church) have distorted or muffled the overwhelming miracle of Gods gift in Christ and in Scripture. I welcome it very warmly.