Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs-Christians Debate
by Justin Lee;
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‘Unconditional’ is the memoir of a gay Christian. It’s a wake-up call to Christians and churches locked in the ‘gay debate’ – Jesus called us through his unconditional love, to love unconditionally.
“Here is a wonderfully told story of a brave young homosexual man who has struggled to hold onto his faith while still affirming himself as gay. This is a must-read.” Tony Campolo.
Justin Lee is working tirelessly to increase healthy, positive dialogue between gays and Christians, supporting people on both sides of the debate with the true calling he discovered in the Bible – unconditional love. His revelling book is more a memoir then a theological analysis, offering a window into his mind as he worked out his sexuality and his faith.
Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network (GCN), a non-profit, interdenominational organisation 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 organisation works with individuals, families and churches to stop the debate from tearing people apart.
Unconditional by Justin Lee was published by Hodder & Stoughton in January 2013 and is our 47806th best seller. The ISBN for Unconditional is 9781444745412.
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Un-ConditionalMelanie Carroll, via The Good Book Stall
Un-Conditional is a beautiful and honourable book with an honesty and gentle insight at its heart and a passion for compassion and understanding shining through. This is not a book of argument or rhetoric but a book of apologia that works more for the lack of such heated argument. It moves one and tries to open the discussion up to the human realities and suffering. It invites us to understand and consider the reality away from the academic, the reality of the persons dealing with the issues, the gay person yes, but their family, their friends, their church – it asks us to look at this issue with the eyes of the gospel, with the eyes of Jesus - you know that man that did not judge the adulteress but instead had compassion for her…
Perhaps one of the most important bits of the book is the discussion to do with and around the realisation that the word "gay" has connotations that are at odds sometimes between those using it. For some gay immediately means sex, for some not, but for all the discussion becomes bogged down at this point until we work past the word and instead see and deal with the person, each one an individual and not a "type". Of all the books I have read on this subject I think I would say that this is truly the most pastoral of them all and there is a real need and place for this book within our churches and within the hands of our congregations, and for those who are Gay and Christian.
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"Gay. The word seemed to hold the weight of eternity within its single syllable. As strange as it may seem, in all the years I had struggled with my sexuality, the idea that I could be 'gay' had simply never crossed my mind. I was a Christian! That was my whole life! And Christians weren't gay."
This could be the most important book you read this year.
It's a memoir.
An exploration of what is, and what could be.
Most of all, it's a clarion call to the church - to rediscover the love that Jesus called us to. Unconditionally.
'So many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people give up on Christianity because they cannot reconcile who they are with what they were brought up to believe that the Bible teaches about sexuality. Here is a wonderfully told story of a brave young homosexual man who has struggled to hold onto his faith while still affirming himself as gay. This is a must-read.' Tony Campolo
"What makes this book different is that it is not essentially about arguing a case but about bridging the gaps of understanding and sympathy that have distorted or muffled the overwhelming miracle of God's gift in Christ and in Scripture. I welcome it very warmly." — Rowan Williams
"I believe that what is going on here is crucial for the destiny of the Church. Especially since [the Gay Christian Network] recognises [both sides in the gay/Christian debate], and that there is an ability to love and accept across those lines." — Tony Campolo
"Justin Lee is a courageous, kind, thoughtful and emotionally sophisticated gay man who obviously loves Jesus and is fearless in his pursuit of God's reality. Here's hoping (and praying) that more of us straight followers of Jesus learn from his example and find a way to follow in Justin's footsteps." — Jim Henderson
Details for Unconditional
|Page last updated||11th October 2016|
|Author / Artist||Justin Lee|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton (January 2013)|
|Number of Pages||240|