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Single, gay, Christian : a personal journey of faith and sexual identity

Author: Gregory Coles
Publisher: Downers Grove, Illinois : IVP Books, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In an age where neither society nor the church knows what to do with gay Christians, Greg Coles tells his own story. Let's make a deal, you and me. Let's make promises to each other. I promise to tell you my story. The whole story. I'll tell you about a boy in love with Jesus who, at the fateful onset of puberty, realized his sexual attractions were persistently and exclusively for other guys. I'll tell you how I  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Coles, Gregory, 1990-
Single, gay, Christian.
Downers Grove : InterVarsity Press, 2017
(DLC) 2017024358
Named Person: Gregory Coles; Gregory Coles
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory Coles
ISBN: 9780830845125 0830845127
OCLC Number: 967192213
Description: 120 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Prelude: promises --
Revelation --
Almost straight --
Debating the divine --
What God called good --
Interlude: a song for the unknowing --
Stranger incognito --
To know as I am known --
Nature abhors a vacuum --
Quo vadis? --
Postlude: a letter to myself at age twelve.
Responsibility: Gregory Coles ; foreword by Wesley Hill.

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"In an age where neither society nor the church knows what to do with gay Christians, Greg Coles tells his own story. Let's make a deal, you and me. Let's make promises to each other. I promise to tell you my story. The whole story. I'll tell you about a boy in love with Jesus who, at the fateful onset of puberty, realized his sexual attractions were persistently and exclusively for other guys. I'll tell you how I lay on my bed in the middle of the night and whispered to myself the words I've whispered a thousand times since: "I'm gay." I'll show you the world through my eyes. I'll tell you what it's like to belong nowhere. To know that much of my Christian family will forever consider me unnatural, dangerous, because of something that feels as involuntary as my eye color. And to know that much of the LGBTQ community that shares my experience as a sexual minority will disagree with the way I've chosen to interpret the call of Jesus, believing I've bought into a tragic, archaic ritual of self-hatred. But I promise my story won't all be sadness and loneliness and struggle. I'll tell you good things too, hopeful things, funny things, like the time I accidentally came out to my best friend during his bachelor party. I'll tell you what it felt like the first time someone looked me in the eyes and said, "You are not a mistake." I'll tell you that joy and sorrow are not opposites, that my life has never been more beautiful than when it was most brokenhearted. If you'll listen, I promise I'll tell you everything, and you can decide for yourself what you want to believe about me."--! From Amazon.com.

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