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In this powerful and personal book, author Rachel Gilson describes her own unexpected journey of coming out and coming to faith... and what came next. As she does so, she addresses many of the questions that Christians living with same-sex attraction are wrestling with: Am I consigned to a life of loneliness? How do I navigate my friendships? Will my desires ever change? Is there some greater purpose to all this?
Drawing on insights from the Bible and the experiences of others, Born Again This Way provides assurance and encouragement for Christians with same-sex attraction and paints a compelling picture of discipleship for every believer.
Whatever your sexuality, this book is an inspiring testimony of how a life submitted to Jesus will be fulfilling and fruitful, but not always in the ways we might expect.
|Title: Born Again This Way: Coming Out, Coming to Faith and What Comes Next|
By: Rachel Gilson
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Good Book Company
Publication Date: 2020
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.31 X 0.47 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Stock No: WW983901
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Rachel serves on the leadership team of Theological Development and Culture with Cru. Her writing has appeared in Christianity Today and for Desiring God and The Gospel Coalition, and she regularly speaks at churches and on college campuses. Rachel is wrapping up her Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and lives in the Boston area with her husband and daughter.
Sam studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and has served on staff at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, and St Mary's, Maidenhead. He is now based at Immanuel Church, Nashville. A popular conference speaker, Sam has written several books, including What God Has To Say About Our Bodies, Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?, and 7 Myths About Singleness.
This is a brilliant book by a remarkable writer with an astonishing story and a decade of theological training. It offers no glib before-and-after narrative, but is a practical guide for sinnerssame-sex attracted and otherwisewho dare to believe that Jesus is the best lover. I wish I could have given it to my younger self. -- Rebecca McLaughlin (Author, Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the Worlds Largest Religion)
Of the making of many books about the conversation and interaction between Christianity and sexuality there is no end in sight though this one is somewhat unique in that it is written by a woman. Its also got a foreword by Sam Allberry, who is a pioneer in this space (and recently wrote the brilliant Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?), and has been commended by some people I really respect.Naturally, I didnt want to like it. -- Thomas Creedy
This book is worth reading just to learn about and rejoice in Gods work through Rachel. But the book offers so much more, with rich biblical reflection on identity, marriage, singleness, romance, friendship, and more. Rachels honesty and clarity make this book useful for sharing in so many diverse contexts, whether youre wanting to investigate Jesus and his gospel or youre leading in the church. -- Collin Hansen (Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; Author, Blind Spots)
Born Again This Way is a heartfelt, wise, and hope-filled book. In it, Rachel Gilson offers same-sex-attracted Christians and those who love them a Christ-centered and story-driven reflection on how to thrive in Christ. Not content to speak in generalities, Rachel delves into the practical every- day struggles of same-sex attracted Christians, speaking to questions about friendship, singleness, sex, and identity. The result is a warmly compassionate and theologically perceptive harvest of insights that will inform, challenge, and encourage the reader. Highly recommended. -- Bruce Ashford (Professor of Theology and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary)
Rachel Gilsons life is a testimony to the sufficiency and power of the Scriptures. Her book is a testimony to a living faith that is based on that sufficiency and power. Rachel doesnt just read Scripture faithfullyshe lives it faithfully too. And her book challenges me, likewise, to grow in my faith beyond a life of comfort and easy answers. -- Karen Swallow Prior (Author, On Reading Well and Fierce Convictions)
This book has been missing from the shelves of the LGBT+ conversation for too long. People who are walking (or wondering if they should walk) a similar path to Rachels will feel seen, known, and loved as they read these tenderhearted and gospel-centered pages. -- Laurie Krieg (Author; Teacher; Hole in My Heart Podcast Host)
Rachel Gilson masterfully and disarmingly presents a winsome narrative and a solid Christian theology of sexuality that is much needed in to- days world. With so much confusion and polarization surrounding such issues, she offers a refreshingly honest perspective that is balanced and nuanced; there is lament and there is satisfaction, and amazingly they can coexist! Reading this book feels like you are sitting at coffee with her and that she cares for you. -- Allen Yeh (Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies & Missiology, Biola University, Cook School of Intercultural Studies)
This book is a pastoral gold mine full of biblical advice for us allmov- ingly illustrated by the lives of Rachel and her friends. It wonderfully tells of how same-sex attracted people can both become Christians and stay Christian in a world which often believes that neither is possible. -- Ed Shaw (Co-founder, livingout.org; Pastor, Emmanuel City Centre, Bristol; Author, The Plausibility Problem / Same-Sex Attraction and the Church)
This is a rich and unique contribution to the myriad stories of gay or same-sex attracted Christians who have committed to the counter-cultural centre of truth and love where Jesus is Lord. Rachel Gilson explores the vital territory of Gods good news about our desires and demonstrates that in Christ, our destination is to live in the greater satisfaction of holiness. As a same-sex attracted woman, Rachel's depiction of journeying through marriage with her husband, and of coming to knowing Jesus more deeply through her wrestle with sexuality, is a great gift and truly a must-read for all. -- David Bennett (Author, A War of Loves, and OCCA Research Fellow)
I encourage you to buy and read this book, even if you think you will disagree with some of it. Christians will benefit from thinking about how they can help those they know with same-sex attraction, and non-Christians can understand Christian beliefs better from a non-combative point-of-view. -- Jason Park
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