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Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians

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A refrain heard relentlessly by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith is: "God hates fags!" Whether it's hurled as a direct insult or stated more subtly in a "Love the sinner, hate the sin" theology, the message to GLBT ears is the same: "God hates you and so do we!" From this kind of blatant attack, to "ex-gay" ministries, to faith-based arguments for a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution against "gay marriage," to the divide in churches like the Episcopal Church over a gay bishop, the faith of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith is constantly under assault. In such a toxic religious environment, many GLBT people abandon their faith, believing that God hates them or at the very least will not love them unless they give up or deny their sexual orientation.

Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christianswill help the reader reclaim the spiritual self that criticism from society and religion has led them to give up. There are lots of books on gay and lesbian spirituality and/or Christian faith. Most are apologetics or debate-like responses to Christian conservative viewpoints. But there arent any books that are simply a guide to being Christian and gay--how to do it, not by having the best apologetic or proof-text but by shoring up the inner life and ones self-esteem as one who is loved by God regardless of what others have to say on the subject. Bulletproof Faithempowers readers to withstand even the most aggressive assaults without fear, doubt, or anger by providing:

*A useful working knowledge of biblical history

*Solid, proven tactics that can be used successfully when faced with an attack

*Spiritual practices (such as meditation and prayer) that enhance and strengthen faith

*Practical tools to discover one's "authentic self": the bulletproof part of each of us

*Guidance on how to turn attacks into opportunities for spiritual growth

The best thing about Bulletproof Faithis that it doesnt argue; instead the authors approach--born out of 10 years of being on the frontlines in the controversies surrounding gay and Christian identity--is to teach readers to draw on their own inner strength and to return abuse with the spiritual Aikido of gentleness, compassion, reverence--and strength.

Synopsis:

This thoughtful, practical guide shows readers a way through the minefield of condemnation and persecution faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians and helps foster a faith that is bulletproof—impervious to attacks, yet loving and savvy in its approach. Bulletproof Faith is filled with useful insights and proven spiritual practices that deflect attacks and enhance and strengthen faith by turning attacks into opportunities for spiritual growth.

About the Author

Candace Chellew-Hodge is a United Church of Christ minister and founder of the online magazine Whosoever for GLBT Christians. She is an award-winning former television and radio journalist as a news writer, reporter, and editor with CNN. For a free study guide and more resources for this book visit www.bulletproofbook.com.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: There Is Only One Side.

Chapter 1: Becoming Bulletproof.

Chapter 2: Losing Our Religion.

Spiritual Survival Exercise: Reclaiming Our Authentic Self.

Chapter 3: Learning to Love the Questions.

Chapter 4: Wisdom Before Weapons.

Spiritual Survival Exercise: Surrender Before Battle.

Chapter 5: Learning the Outward Moves.

Chapter 6: The Gift of the Enemy.

Spiritual Survival Exercise: Breathing into Our Pain.

Chapter 7: The Only Thing That Counts.

Chapter 8: You Know Your Faith Is Bulletproof When . . ..

Chapter 9: "No Weapon Shall Prosper".

Spiritual Survival Exercise: Is That Your Final Answer?

Notes.

Recommended Reading.

Online Resources.

About the Author.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780470279281
Author:
Chellew-hodge, Candace
Publisher:
Jossey-Bass
Author:
Chellew-Hodge, Reverend Candace
Author:
Chellew-Hodge, Candace
Subject:
Sexuality & Gender Studies
Subject:
Gays
Subject:
Religious life
Subject:
Christian Life - General
Subject:
Christian Life - Social Issues
Subject:
Christian Ministry - Counseling & Recovery
Subject:
gay Christians
Subject:
gay and lesbian Christians
Subject:
lesbian Christian
Subject:
lesbian Christians
Subject:
gay spirituality
Subject:
lesbian spirituality add bisexual,
Subject:
#160; transgender
Subject:
Gays -- Religious life.
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Sexuality and Gender Studies
Subject:
Religion & Culture
Subject:
gay Christian, gay Christians, gay and lesbian Christians, lesbian Christian, lesbian Christians, gay spirituality, lesbian spirituality add bisexual,  transgender
Subject:
Religion World-Sexuality and Gender Studies
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2008
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.94x6.34x.52 in. .53 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This thoughtful, practical guide shows readers a way through the minefield of condemnation and persecution faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians and helps foster a faith that is bulletproof—impervious to attacks, yet loving and savvy in its approach. Bulletproof Faith is filled with useful insights and proven spiritual practices that deflect attacks and enhance and strengthen faith by turning attacks into opportunities for spiritual growth.

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