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Drawing on nearly 30 years of counseling people struggling with homosexuality, this former gay activist is familiar with virtually every argument pro or con. He compassionately, intelligently takes the reader through the thicket of "born gay"; the "change" controversy; same-sex marriage; homophobia; Sodom and Gomorrah; Paul and arsenokoites...272 pages, softcover. Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 080101915X
ISBN-13: 9780801019159

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Former Gay Activist Paves the Way to Peaceful Conversation

Homosexuality and gay marriage stand among perhaps the greatest defining cultural battles of our age. There's no escaping the inevitable conversations--so how does a Christian respond with love and biblical truth without adding fuel to the fire?

Drawing on nearly thirty years of counseling people struggling with homosexuality, former gay activist Joe Dallas takes readers through virtually every argument they are likely to hear in favor of normalizing homosexuality. He helps readers understand the views of LGBT people they may know and respond with clarity, confidence, and compassion. He shows the most effective ways to engage the subject on social media and in everyday encounters with guidelines for talking points, dialogue, approach, and tone, and even provides sample dialogue.

Anyone who has been searching for ways to have productive, loving conversations surrounding this critical topic will find this incredible resource a must-have.


"At one time or another every twenty-first-century Christian is likely to be confronted about his or her views on homosexuality.  But how can we approach this challenging issue in a way that faithfully reflects Jesus's heart and mind?  Joe Dallas answers that question in this clear and compelling guide for engaging others with both gentleness and biblical truth."--Jim Daly, president, Focus on the Family

"I've often said no one understands the subject of same-sex sexuality better than my friend Joe Dallas. This book, his best yet, only confirms my conviction. I'm not speaking merely of Joe's formidable knowledge of truth, but also the wisdom of its application through crystal-clear and concise communication. In the wake of the June 2015 US Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage, Speaking of Homosexuality will equip you to engage a topic that is foundational to human civilization."--Hank Hanegraaff, president, the Christian Research Institute; host of the Bible Answer Man broadcast

"Speaking of Homosexuality is one of the most clear and informative books on the subject. Dallas responds to the most common Revisionist arguments with clarity, but also genuine kindness. If you want one book to offer biblical and historical truth about homosexuality, but also how to lovingly put that truth into action, then you won't find a better book."--Sean McDowell, PhD, professor of Christian apologetics, Biola University; author, Same-Sex Marriage and Apologetics for a New Generation

"In answer to the urgency of our world's current situation, Joe Dallas has now crafted a resourceful tool filled with biblical truth and insightful strategies. Speaking of Homosexuality is essential for every person in need of answers for themselves, a family member, or a friend struggling with same-sex attraction."--Joni Lamb, cofounder, Daystar Television Network

"There is no question that one of the most difficult issues facing the church today is the subject of homosexuality. But God didn't leave us in the dark on the topic of human sexuality. He gave us clear directives for this part of our lives so that we might experience the abundant life He promises. But speaking those guidelines to a confused church and a hardening culture isn't easy. No one does it better than Joe Dallas. Like no other voice I hear, Joe both lives and ministers with that continual balance of truth and love on this most contentious topic. In a day where Christians are growing more silent, we need a book like this to teach us how to winsomely engage while never retreating from God's protective Truth. This is a must-read for the church today!"--Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host

Author Bio

A former gay activist, Joe Dallas is the author of seven books on human sexuality from a biblical perspective. A contributing writer for the Christian Research Journal, he has also written for Christianity Today, the Conversations journal of the Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS), Cornerstone magazine, Focus on the Family's Citizen Magazine, and several other publications. He has appeared on the ABC Evening News, The Bible Answer Man, Focus on the Family, The 700 Club, The Laura Ingram Show, Janet Parshall Live, and many other media outlets. A popular speaker at men's conferences, he speaks regularly in the US and worldwide.

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  1. mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Appeal to Start Conversations Rather than Win Arguments
    February 5, 2017
    mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Joe Dallas has weathered many storms on the issue of homosexuality and the Bible. Having been delivered out of the lifestyle and been linked with both successful and unsuccessful organizations reaching out to the LGBT community, he is someone who knows what it is like to be on both sides. So whether or not you agree with his perspective, you will have to agree that he is not nave. As the book title suggests, this purpose of this book is not to defend what the Bible has to say on the subject of homosexuality, but rather it is a practical guide to help converse with members of the LGBT community. The bulk of the book addresses different questions that some might have or that the media has communicated. Dallas uses both biblical passages and scientific research to back up his claims. Much of what he does it clarify what has often been misunderstood through poor communication and lousy journalism. This book is not meant to be a way to win arguments so much as it is to start conversations. The goal is not just to win the minds of people, but also to win the heart. There is still much disagreement and confusion on this subject, but this book has to potential to help bridge the divide. Though either side may never see eye to eye, there can at least be open and honest communication with genuine care and consideration. I received this book from Baker Books in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Laura
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    possibly useful
    November 21, 2016
    Laura
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I've struggled for a while with how to frame my review of this book, and whether to review it at all. I signed up to read and review it based on my hope that Baker Publishing had found someone who expressed the issue of how the church addresses the homosexual in a way that I agree with.

    Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the case. Because the author and I disagree on a few key, foundational ideas, I can't give a "good book" or "bad book" review. The author is certainly stating himself plainly, uses and cites sources like the Bible and various studies to back his position up, and makes a few very important points that I think anyone in any sort of discussion should know. But the places that he and I disagree are so key that I hesitate to admit to having read the book at all, since doing so risks someone thinking that I believe and agree with everything stated. It is only my contract with Baker Publishing, which states that I will post a review in exchange for being sent the book, which motivates my posting this review.
  3. Clay
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Much needed resource for today
    October 29, 2016
    Clay
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We want to know if your church supports our homosexual relationship, and if you dont, we wont fellowship with you. True conversation. How do you answer without alienating those to whom you are talking?

    Joe Dallas seeks to tackle the issue of homosexuality in a way that exudes Kindness & Clarity, as the subtitle of his work says. He addresses the issues from personal experience, having come out of a gay lifestyle and now acting as a pastoral counselor.

    The first three chapters of the book set the context, audience, and rules of engagement. They are the basic how and who of the book. The next ten chapters follow the same format, beginning with a brief introduction. What follows is the Traditional Position, Revisionist Argument, and the Response. The final chapter is a summation of the authors hope.

    We are, according to the author, to Learn It, Live It, and Express It. The It is the truth of the biblical, traditional view of homosexuality. And in learning, living, and expressing truth, well rejoice both in the privilege of stewarding it, no matter how its received, and in the wonder of its fruit when its embraced.

    Throughout the book, Dallas quotes liberally from a wide variety of authors. He actually uses homosexual advocates to counter pro-homosexual arguments. There is obviously no single consensus within the homosexual community. This lack of consensus is particularly true when he gets into some of the finer details of the biblical arguments used by pro-homosexuals to support homosexuality.

    Today, proponents of homosexuality, and now gender issues, are becoming more strident in their demands for not only accommodation, but also total agreement. Supporters of the biblical position need the arguments that Dallas makes, to show with kindness and clarity that the words of scripture still ring true today, and that we were created male and female for relations with one another.

    In light of the conversation that I mentioned in the first paragraph, I will quickly pass on the book to staff members of the church in question, to act as a much needed resource.

  4. Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Speaking Of Homosexuality
    October 16, 2016
    Michael
    Indian Trail, NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    "Speaking Of Homosexuality" by Joe Dallas, a former gay activist, is a good read for anyone either wanting to learn more about homosexuality and/or seeing the gay issue from a biblical viewpoint. The book is around 230 pages and addresses such topics as:

    1. Is a person born gay?

    2. The term "gay Christian".

    3. Same-sex marriage.

    4. Addressing the hatred directed towards gays.

    5. What the Bible says about homosexuality (Leviticus, the Gospels, etc.).

    6. Changing gender identity (sex change).

    7. How revisionists try to use the Bible to justify homosexuality.

    Given the recent societal changes, "Speaking Of Homosexuality" is a timely read and will challenge Christians to adhere to biblical standards on the issue in a loving yet clear way. I was given a review copy by Baker Books in exchange for a fair review.

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