Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community - eBook  -     By: Andrew Marin, Brian D. McLaren
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IVP Books / 2009 / ePub

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Marin was stunned when three of his friends came out of the closet. How could he reconcile members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered community to his faith? Attempting to wrestle with that, he provides an inside look at the gay community and offers strategies to build bridges between GBLT people, Christians---and the gospel

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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: IVP Books
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780830878109
ISBN-13: 9780830878109
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2010 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year Award winner: culture category 2010 Golden Canon Leadership Book Award winner Relevant Magazine: Top 20 Best Overall Books of 2009 winner Englewood Review of Books: Top 20 Best Overall Books of 2009 winner Christian Manifesto 2009 Lime Award winner Andrew Marin's life changed forever when his three best friends came out to him in three consecutive months. Suddenly he was confronted with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community (GLBT) firsthand. And he was compelled to understand how he could reconcile his friends to his faith. In an attempt to answer that question, he and his wife relocated to Boystown, a predominantly GLBT community in Chicago. And from his experience and wrestling has come his book, Love Is an Orientation, a work which elevates the conversation between Christianity and the GLBT community, moving the focus from genetics to gospel, where it really belongs. Why are so many people who are gay wary of people who are Christians? Do GLBT people need to change who they are? Do Christians need to change what they believe? Love Is an Orientation is changing the conversation about sexuality and spirituality, and building bridges from the GLBT community to the Christian community and, more importantly, to the good news of Jesus Christ.

Author Bio

Andrew Marin's life changed radically in 2000 when, during three consecutive months, his three best friends all came out to him. A self-described homophobic, straight, Bible-believing, conservative Christian alpha-male, Marin's world was rocked by the revelations of his friends. Determined to find some answers to his crisis, he made the dramatic choice to become what he calls "the gayest straight dude in America," and followed God's call to move to a predominantly gay neighborhood in Chicago and immerse himself in the gay and lesbian community. His book, shares the lessons learned, experiences had and lives touched in the eight years since. Marin is the president of The Marin Foundation, an organization he founded for the purpose of systemically building a bridge between the broader gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) and conservative Christian communities through scientific research and biblical and social education. He's served as the secretary, office manager, janitor, organizational director, accountant, research coordinator, human resources manager and head volunteer of the growing organization, and continues to run all twenty-six different classes and programs offered. He also oversees the foundation's national research study, which is the largest study of its kind ever done in the GLBT community regarding spirituality and religion. The Marin Foundation is quickly becoming a leading national organization in the Christian and mainstream cultures regarding religion and homosexuality. Specific to gays and lesbians, The Marin Foundation is focused on training and teaching churches around the country how to systemically build bridges with their local gay and lesbian community in order to make a significant impact for the kingdom. To find out more, visit Marin's blog. Brian McLaren is founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in the Baltimore-Washington region. He is the author of numerous books including and .

Author Bio

Andrew Marin is president and founder of The Marin Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to build bridges between the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) and religious communities.

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Andrew Marin's life changed forever when his three best friends came out to him in three consecutive months. Suddenly he was confronted with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community (GLBT) firsthand. And he was compelled to understand how he could reconcile his friends to his faith.
In an attempt to answer that question, he and his wife relocated to Boystown, a predominantly GLBT community in Chicago. And from his experience and wrestling has come his book, Love Is an Orientation, a work which elevates the conversation between Christianity and the GLBT community, moving the focus from genetics to gospel, where it really belongs.
Love Is an Orientation is changing the conversation about sexuality and spirituality, and building bridges from the GLBT community to the Christian community and, more importantly, to the good news of Jesus Christ.

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  1. Lillian
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is beyond description.
    November 13, 2013
    Lillian
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    Gender: female
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    This book had me crying, weeping, repenting of the Christian churches treatment toward the GBLT community, including my own judgemental attitude. After my son told my husband and I that he is gay, our own journey began of understanding our son and this community. This book gives great insight into what not only our son is facing, but the whole GBLT community; helps me see that concentrating on the great debate is far from what Christ wants us as Christians to do; and gives great and practical suggestions on how to show Christ's love to this community.
  2. musiclover
    Dallas TX
    Age: 55-65
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This book is loving and wise!
    March 30, 2012
    musiclover
    Dallas TX
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    I'm the Christian mom of a gay son. When he sobbingly announced three years ago that he was gay, I went into shock. My Biblical belief seemed irrevocably pitted against the unconditional love I felt for my son. I began the extremely difficult task to finding a path forward, and in this process Andrew Marin's book has been invaluable. I keep extra copies on hand to give to anyone touched by this issue. I asked my son to read it, to get his opinion and perspective -- he said it's right on, he gave it a thumbs up. This book has been a blessing to our family!
  3. Dave
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    December 6, 2010
    Dave
    ohio
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    I am a Believer and a father of a gay son. This book was recommended to me and I approached reading it with suspicions, looking for compromise of God's truth. I am not a Bible expert, but I found nothing contrary to my faith in the Truth. My eyes have been opened! Any parent, family member, or friend who is on the same journey as my wife and me needs to read this book! My journey has been for 8 years, loving my son so much, not knowing how to respond as a Christian. Unfortunately, I have made many mistakes. Oh how I wish this book would have be in my hands at the start of my journey.
  4. Jeremy Myers
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    April 24, 2009
    Jeremy Myers
    In a world that increasingly welcomes and accepts those of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual (GLBT) orientation, Christians must open their eyes and ears to what GLBT people are saying about God, the Scriptures, the church, and human sexuality. This is especially true if we want to minister among them. Andrew Marin is one Christian who is pioneering the way. In his book, Andrew Marin provides an excellent overview of the absolute necessity for Christians to build bridges to those people who are in the GLBT community. As Christ took the initiative and came to us, we must take the initiative in building bridges of hope and love to others. Thankfully, Andrew Marin is not writing theoretically, but from years of experience from living among the GLBT community as the gayest straight person in the world. The book provides excellent insights and guidelines for working alongside and developing relationships with people in the GLBT community. For example, Andrew advises the four of the most important things Christians can do are (1) love, (2) listen, (3) don't judge, and (4) seek friendship and conversation. Also, he recommends we stop saying "Love the sinner; hate the sin" and referring to those in the GLBT community as "homosexuals." Both, he explains, are derogatory. One helpful feature of the book is the answers to the five main questions that are on the minds of most Christians. The questions are: 1. Do you think that gays and lesbians are born that way?2. Do you think homosexuality is a sin?3. Can a GLBT person change?4. Do you think that someone can be gay and a Christian?5. Are GLBT people going to hell? I imagine that as you read this short review, one or two of these questions crossed your mind as well. I believe that Marin provided some excellent answers to these questions in his book. Sadly, I don't have room to reproduce the answers here...so I guess you'll just have to buy and read the book for yourself.
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