Torn by Justin Lee
Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate

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As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed "God Boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events--his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible--that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance.

But more than just a memoir, TORN provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members--or who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that "in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace," Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another.

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Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network (GCN), a nonprofit, interdenominational organization working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians and support people on both sides wrestling with related issues. A passionate Christian from a conservative evangelical background, Justin thought he knew everything there was to know about the Christian approach to homosexuality-until unexpected events turned his world upside down and forced him to reconsider everything he believed. Today, his organization works with individuals, families, and churches to stop the debate from tearing people apart. Justin's work has garnered national attention and praise from gays and Christians from across the theological spectrum. He has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television venues including Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper 360, the Associated Press, and a front page article in The New York Times. He is the director of the 2009 documentary Through My Eyes about the debate's impact on young Christians, and the co-host of popular long-running podcast GCN Radio. Justin lives in Raleigh, NC.
Published November 13, 2012 by Jericho Books. 273 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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In every single case, Paul was right: Truly living out God’s agape love for others always led to doing the right thing.” Lee calls for a radical change in the church’s approach to gays and lesbians, focusing on acceptance, love, understanding and open dialogue.

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Lee, founder of Gay Christian Network, attempts to call a truce in the gays-versus-Christians cultural war with this autobiographical account.

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The Gospel Coalition

to ban homosexual cult prostitutes was to ban all homosexual intercourse.” 2 For ancient Israelites, one of the more obvious applications of these Levitical passages may have been the condemnation of homosexual cult prostitution, but universal condemnation of all homosexual sex remains the clear ...

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Englewood Review of Books

Lee’s story makes it easy to feel how hard it must have been to live the hostility between gays and Christians in one body, and it’s easy to buy Lee’s vision for understanding and reconciliation between gays and Christians as something important and urgent.<!--.

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The United Methodist Reporter

Justin Lee has a voice and a story that everyone needs to listen to.

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