Into the Promised Land: Beyond the Lesbian Struggle
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Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2005
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Availability: Expected to ship on or about 10/31/15.
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It's one thing to say homosexuality is wrong, but it is far more difficult to leave it behind. In this sequel to "Out of Egypt," Jeanette Howard describes her struggle to live out her decision--despite the relentless pressures of friends and culture. Each successful step into God's "promised land" comes at the cost of daily battles with enemies of the soul she knows all too well.
Though directed at Christians struggling with lesbianism, much of the book applies to any temptation--sexual or non-sexual.
Because the first chapter is cool and didactic, readers should persevere into the second or third chapters which warm. Howard is a crisp writer with a penchant for strong analogies and illustrations. Her chapters on our weaknesses and on friendship dependency empower the reader to see God's strengths in a new way. She shares her struggles and temptation.
Chapter eleven marks a change of direction, as she leaves the teachings on entering the Promised Land. She addresses problems directly related to temptations to lesbianism, such as loneliness, beliefs about the sources of sexual orientation, importance of celibacy and the stresses of churches' teaching marriage for all people, lost dreams, the importance of good touch, and the supremacy of godly love. She includes a bibliography.
Into the Promised Land is a good source for those who want to minister to homosexuals and befriend those who struggle with homosexuality, but it still leaves many practical questions. Perhaps Jeanette Howard will write another book directed to us who would like to help and encourage our sisters and brothers in their struggles but who don't know how.
Once toward the end of the book she mentions an "unyielding right wing (that) overlooks mercy and grace in their pursuit of righteousness." (p. 196) Some of us could use help in that department. With the foisting of promiscuity and homosexuality onto American school children, homosexuals become our enemies. We tend to compartmentalize all homosexuals, even those who struggle to obey God, into an enemy camp. Rather than encouraging our brothers and sisters in the Lord to overcome temptation, we fear being tainted by their sin instead of recognizing our own. Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
Amber5 Stars Out Of 5June 10, 2010AmberThis book is real, honest, not politically correct, and amazing. I read this one because I liked her first book, Out of Egypt, and wanted to read about someone who isn't "ex-gay" and who is also not pursuing lesbianism. It's easy to identify with her story, her words are encouraging, and her points made me think about how I am LIVING my belief. Out of all the books I've read, her two are the ones I'd recommend to ministers, Christian lesbians, and friends/family of the same. I've even recommended the book to my friends, because the focus is on living for God, and the points she makes are relevant to anyone who says they believe.
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