Does Jesus Really Love Me?

Does Jesus Really Love Me?

A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America

eBook - 2014
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In this timely work'part memoir, part investigative analysis'a prize-winning writer explores the explosive and confusing intersection of faith, politics, and sexuality in Christian America. When Jeff Chu came out to his parents as a gay man, his devout Christian mother cried. And cried. Every time she looked at him. For months. As a journalist and a believer, Chu knew that he had to get to the heart of a question that had been haunting him for years: Does Jesus really love me' The quest to find an answer propels Chu on a remarkable cross-country journey to discover the God "forbidden to him" because of his sexuality. Surveying the breadth of the political and theological spectrum, from the most conservative viewpoints to the most liberal, he tries to distill what the diverse followers of Christ believe about homosexuality and to understand how these people who purportedly follow the same God and the same Scriptures have come to hold such a wide range of opinions. Why does Pastor A believe that God hates me, especially because of my gayness' Why does Person B believe that God loves me, gayness and all' From Brooklyn to Nashville to California, from Westboro Baptist Church and their god hates fags protest signs to the pioneering Episcopal bishop Mary Glasspool, who proclaims a message of liberation and divine love, Chu captures spiritual snapshots of Christian America at a remarkable moment, when tensions between both sides in the culture wars have rarely been higher. Both funny and heartbreaking, perplexing and wise, Does Jesus Really Love Me' is an intellectual, emotional, and spiritual pilgrimage that reveals a portrait of a faith and a nation at odds.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
Edition: EPUB edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062359308
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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May 10, 2017

This book challenged me to the core! I like simple. I like black and white. This offers neither. But I am so glad I read it.

I felt like I was given a glimpse into the heart of a gay or lesbian person. The struggle with feelings; the struggle against stereotypes; the struggle with faith. Seeing some leave the church and God, because love was lacking. Seeing some choose celibacy to express their faith. Seeing some loving Jesus with all their heart and desiring to walk in His will and share His love.

Seeing good ways and awful ways for Christians (me) to respond to faith + gay.

No easy answers. No easy paths from either side.

The only part that really disturbed me was an ending of "many Christs" or a God with many names. I disagree. Otherwise, I highly recommend.


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