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And You Invited Me In: A Novel (Paperback)
by Cheryl Moss Tyler (Author)

Editorial Reviews
"As an avid reader, I found this book to be highly enjoyable. Mrs. Tyler seems to have captured what it must be like to be a gay man living with AIDS in a fundamentalist society."

-- Mike Myrick, pastor from Nashville

"And You Invited Me In is a powerful story of unconditional love and grace. This story grabbed me and reminded me of all the emotional roads that...gays and lesbians experience every day.... I wept as I recalled the many people who have crossed our paths in ministry who are the Scotts, Alexes, Annies, and Samuels. It is my prayer that God will use this real-life story to break all our hearts and cause realize what really matters in life."

-- Todd Ferrell, president of The Evangelical Network

Book Description
When Alex Marshall left his stifling small town behind, he felt freedom for the first time in his life. Rejected by his conservative Christian hometown for his homosexuality, Alex becomes a successful lawyer, active in the gay community and committed to his partner, Scott. But tragedy strikes in the form of AIDS, as it rips away Alex's dignity and crushes his body. He is near the end of his life.

Annie Whitley, Alex's sister, is faced with a difficult choice when a call from Alex comes out of the blue. Should she travel to care for her estranged brother -- who represents the lifestyle she's been taught to hate and fear -- or stay away, deny him, and follow what the town demands? Choosing Alex, she begins to see how her decision impacts the entire community.

And You Invited Me In addresses the moral dilemma that many face: how can people accept or even tolerate a way of life so different from anything they have been taught to believe is acceptable? This interwoven tale speaks of love, compassion, and true belief, as a family reconciles and a town comes to understand the truth of its faith, and is resonant with the hymn of equality.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. -- Matthew 25:35


Product Details
  • Paperback:224 pages
  • Publisher:Atria Books/Beyond Words; 1st Atria Books/Beyond Words Trade Pbk. Ed edition (January 8, 2008)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1582701660
  • ISBN-13:978-1582701660
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A Life of Unlearning: A Journey to Find the Truth (Paperback)
by Anthony Venn-brown (Author), Hon. Michael Kirby (Foreword)

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Book Description
Can you be Christian and Gay? In Life of Unlearning Author, Anthony Venn-Brown gives us a behind the scenes account of what it was like to be a high profile preacher, who, believing being gay made him unacceptable to God and others, struggles to resolve his homosexuality and his Christian beliefs. Anthony gives us a heartfelt account of a man searching for authenticity and a resolution to leading a fulfilling life.
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  • Paperback:397 pages
  • Publisher:New Holland Australia; Revised Second edition (November 15, 2007)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1741105463
  • ISBN-13:978-1741105469
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Religion Gone Bad: The Hidden Dangers of the Christian Right [BARGAIN PRICE] (Hardcover)
by Mel White (Author)

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Book Description
The bestselling author of Stranger at the Gate provides an inside exposé of the Christian Right's agenda-and a playbook in how to resist it.

This Fall's midterm elections will see much discussion about the enhanced power of the Christian fundamentalist Right, leaving many people to wonder: just who are these people and what exactly do they want? What are their ultimate goals? The Reverend Mel White, a deeply religious man who sees fundamentalism as "evangelical Christian orthodoxy gone cultic," believes that it is not a stretch to say that the true goal of today's fundamentalists is to break down the wall that separates church and state, superimpose their "moral values" on the U.S. Constitution, replace democracy with theocratic rule, and ultimately create a new "Christian America" in their image. White's new book, Religion Gone Bad, is a wake-up call to all of us to take heed.

White is singularly qualified to write this exposé of the Christian Right because he himself was a true believer who served the evangelical movement as pastor, professor, filmmaker, television producer, author, and ghostwriter for such fundamentalist leaders as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and Billy Graham, all of whom he got to know well. As he writes, "These are not just Neocons dressed in religious drag. These men see themselves as gurus called by God to rescue America from unrighteousness. They believe this is a Christian nation that must be returned forcibly to its Christian roots."

He is also a gay man, who made news when he came out more than twelve years ago. White has gained a unique understanding of the fundamentalist agenda because, since the fall of "godless Communism," homosexuality and abortion have become the primary targets through which fundamentalists have created fear, raised money, and mobilized recruits. Religion Gone Bad documents the thirty-year war that fundamentalist Christians have waged against homosexuality and gays and lesbians and offers dramatic, heartbreaking evidence that fundamentalist leaders-Protestant and Catholic alike-are waging nothing less than a "holy war" (jihad) against sexual minorities. By focusing on the current plight of gay people in this country, White addresses the wider issue that fundamentalist Christianity-like fundamentalist Islam-has become a threat not just to gays, but to all Americans who disagree with fundamentalist Christian "values." --This text refers to the Hardcoveredition.

About the Author
Mel White leads the charge against Christian fundamentalism in America. A former ghostwriter, consultant, and confidant to figures such as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Oliver North, White famously broke with the Christian Right in the 1990s, coming out as a gay man and writing his popular memoir, Stranger at the Gate. White lives with his partner in Lynchburg, Virginia-across the street from Jerry Falwell's church. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Product Details
  • Hardcover:384 pages
  • Publisher:Tarcher (September 7, 2006)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1585425311
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The God Box (Hardcover)
by Alex Sanchez (Author)

Editorial Reviews
"With candor, conviction, and compassion, Alex Sanchez dramatizes the plight of teens who struggle to balance their homosexuality and their deeply felt religious beliefs. An important, heartfelt book that deserves a wide readership."

-- Michael Cart, editor of Love & Sex: Ten Stories of Truth 

"Alex Sanchez evokes the crucifying experience of adolescents wrestling with their sexual identity and their identity as Christians. This book is a gift not just to teenagers, but to those who love and work with them."

-- The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and

Primate, the Episcopal Church

Book Description
How could I choose betwen my sexuality and my spirituality, two of the most important parts that made me whole?

High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they're good together. They have a lot of the same interests, like singing in their church choir and being active in Bible club. But when Manuel transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his life. Manuel is the first openly gay teen anyone in their small town has ever met, and yet he says he's also a committed Christian. Talking to Manuel makes Paul reconsider thoughts he has kept hidden, and listening to Manuel's interpretation of Biblical passages on homosexuality causes Paul to reevaluate everything he believed. Manuel's outspokenness triggers dramatic consequences at school, culminating in a terrifying situation that leads Paul to take a stand.

Lambda Literary Award-winning author Alex Sanchez tackles a subject ripped from the headlines in this exciting and thought-provoking exploration of what it means to be both religious and gay.


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  • Reading level:Young Adult
  • Hardcover:272 pages
  • Publisher:Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (October 9, 2007)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1416908994
  • ISBN-13:978-1416908999
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Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement (Paperback)
by Tanya Erzen (Author)

Editorial Reviews
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This is ethnography at its best: an outsider's careful, respectful translation of a subculture that is often poorly understood and easily dismissed in academic and political discourse. In this case, the subculture is religious conservatives who believe that homosexuality is a choice to be overcome. Erzen, an assistant professor of comparative studies at Ohio State University, spent a year of intensive dissertation fieldwork in 2000 with a residential program in the ex-gay movement called New Hope. The ministry caters to men, usually from conservative Christian backgrounds, who struggle with a deeply felt contradiction between their sexual desires and their religious convictions. Erzen argues that most analysis of the ex-gay movement has failed to grasp the powerful role of religion, and how many homosexuals yearn to reconcile sexuality and faith. Her study puts complex human faces on this small piece of the ex-gay movement while at the same time providing a well-researched backdrop for where the ministry fits into ongoing debates. She has terrific chapters on the history of the ex-gay movement, the nature/nurture debate around homosexuality and the discourse of addiction that undergirds much of the ex-gay movement. Her book is likely to become a staple for college courses on political discourse, religion and sexuality. (June)
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Laura Miller,
A far more nuanced and moving picture of the "ex-gay" movement than most readers will expect. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details
  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520245822
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520245822
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