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Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs -Christians Debate


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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 events--his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible--that 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 members--or 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.

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.

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David Jordan, October 24, 2014 (view all comments by David Jordan)
This is a thoughtful and well-written treatment of life inside the world of a gay evangelical Christian. The issue of homosexuality in the Church can often be challenging, sometimes even for the progressive believer. Therefore, it is especially encouraging to read an account of the particular theological and intellectual challenges faced by a gay man with a background in a conservative faith. I was impressed by the seriousness and respect with which the author approaches Scripture and Christian tradition, while still maintaining an unwavering commitment to claiming God's love for all, even people who have been typically denied full inclusion. I highly recommend Torn for anyone interested in gaining a fascinating perspective of gay Christianity from an evangelical perspective.
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