i found this to be engaging snd informative. This was my first book detailing the LGBT community, and the feelings they have regarding Christians, it is important to spread the love and joy we find in being a Christ follower. In doing so, we can become a welcoming, loving group for all people. We need to have messy people in our lives and messy grace in our churches.
I've read several Christian books on the LGBT lifestyle and this is absolutely the best one I've read so far. Caleb Kaltenbach's parents divorced when he was young. Both of his parents chose to pursue a same sex partner. Caleb carefully shares what some churches/Christians have done to hinder reaching gay people for Christ. He's taken an insightful approach while balancing grace with truth in order to communicate Christ to gay people and reach them for Christ. He also shares how the church treated his parents and what one church did that made a huge difference in his parents coming to Christ. Every believer can gain a better understanding of how to render grace without compromising truth by reading this book!
I loved this book. I enjoyed Caleb Kaltenbach's take on presenting his observations of the LGBT community and Christians. He knows what he's talking about. He was raised by gay parents and today is a pastor. He knows about God's love and grace. As Christians we are saved by grace. But as I discovered in Caleb's book we don't always treat others with the same love that Christ extends to us. That's when grace gets messy. This book truly changed my heart. It has taught me to love and respect all human beings as God's creation. It hasn't changed my beliefs or convictions, after all, Caleb points out "acceptance is not approval." I hope many pastors will read MESSY GRACE, and share the info with their congregations. Better yet, I recommend that every Christian read it for themselves. It's written for us all.
Very Challenging for Both Christians and Non-Christians
December 7, 2015
The message of this book is an invaluable addition to one of the hottest and most controversial topics today. Kaltenbach provides a unique voice to the conversation because of his upbringing in the LGBT community. He writes about the tension between truth and grace, and this tension is not as clear cut as it may seem. Standing by the traditional explanation of biblical texts relating to homosexuality, Kaltenbach explores the application of the gospel of grace in keeping with the truth of Scripture, which is not easy. When the rubber meets the road between what the Bible says and how we apply these truths, we find that the tension is indeed real and does get messy. Theological talk is cheap when faced with the real challenge of grace in dealing with sinful humanity. Kaltenback shares his personal story of meeting Jesus, navigates the Scriptures as to what it really says about homosexuality, and then seeks to reconcile biblical truth with generous grace, the tension with which we live on a consistent basis. This book tackles some difficult truths and asks Christians to get beyond the surface issues, such as homosexuality, and get into the real battle against our common adversary, the Devil. Whether you are homosexual, straight, or confused, we are all in this messy life together fighting against the same enemy, not each other. I received this book from the Blogging for Books reviewing program and was not obligated to write a positive review.