I'm wondering why this book is still in print. Not even the authors believe in it anymore.
Exodus International shut down in 2013. Alan Chambers issued an apology to the many people the organization had hurt, and stated that conversion therapy doesn't work. Co-author Randy Thomas has also apologized and come out as gay again on his blog. The book includes a testimony by Yvette Schneider, who has since denounced the ex-gay movement.
The good things I can say about the book is that the authors admit that gays have often been treated badly by the church. and it doesn't (for the most part) demonize homosexuals and portray them as more inherently evil than other people. But the fact remains the book promotes dangerous pseudoscience that has driven countless people to suicide.
This book has been a wealth of information for me. When mainstream Christianity is either hateful or too accepting, this book shows you how to approach same-sex attraction in a loving and biblical way and to find the middle ground that needs to be found in order to love gay-identified people like Jesus would...unconditionally.
This is a must have book every Christian should have. The author and contributing writers [as well as myself] have walked this road and speak with hearts of transparency an honesty. It demystifies falsehoods, sheds the Light of Truth on the lies people & Christians have believed about homosexuality. And shows how you can share Christ's love to anyone struggling with SSA [same sex attractions].
This book was simply amazing! Not only have I read it multiple times, I have also bought it and passed it on to others, and plan to continue to do the same. It's an easy read. Practical. Real. Honest. It de-mystifies a lot of the false assumptions about homosexuality and makes practical how we as Christians should and can react appropriately. In a day and age when people are struggling with this (whether accepting it as valid or desperately wanting to walk out of homosexuality), this is possibly the biggest area of need for Christian education as it relates to our current culture. It helps dispel fear and false assumptions, and helps Christians know how to react in a Christlike manner. <br /><br />And just a quick note on Alan - from someone who has actually met him and been associated with Exodus for a while now, keep in mind that the media skews things. Many of his "quotes" at times have been taken out of context. And some need further explanation and time to explain than is possible in short interviews. Alan is a man of tremendous integrity and honesty. And as someone else mentioned, being tempted by something does not mean you are trapped in that sin. I'm tempted to sin every day. His admitting that he is tempted at times towards past sins no more makes him a failure than anything we struggle with. Even Paul in scripture (Rom. 7) talks about how he still it tempted to do what he does not want to do, and not what he knows he should do. It's part of the human condition. But then in Phil. 4:13 he also says he can do all things through Christ who strengthens him.