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Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate | [Justin Lee]

Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate

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.
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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.

©2012 Justin Lee (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Shannon 03-30-15
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    "We are all human. Do not judge."

    A good friend of mine came out to his family last week. He is in his late 20's. He was raised in a family that is very strongly Christian. His Dad told him that he is no longer allowed in their home, the house he was raised in. I'm so sad for him because of this. I couldn't imagine hearing a parent say this to me. He asked me to read this book and tell him what I thought of it before he gives it to his parents to read. Justin's story so closely resembles what he is going through. I just hope that his parents take the time to read this book and change their attitudes toward their son.

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    Josh Causey 08-01-15
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    "Even as I disagree..."

    Although I disagree with viewpoint Justin provides on same-sex committed relationships, it is refreshing to hear an earnest struggle to maintain himself and not give up on God. Justin convicts us to treat the LGBT community with more love and grace and encourages us that more will see the kingdom of God because of it. This book was difficult for me to listen to at certain points because of the theological evidence I have concerning this issue but it is no doubt that Justin is concerned not only with the LGBT community but with Christians as well. By reading this book, I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit in many ways to be more understanding, loving, and accepting of the gay community, even though my "Side B" ness never went away. ;)

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    Scott 07-23-15
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    "Moving"

    This book is well thought out by the author. But more than that, I really felt connected to Justin Lee as I listened to him tell his story. His story moved me and is helping me open my mind to other points of view which differ from mine. This book is a must read for anyone considering the question of homosexuality and Christianity.

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    Jordan Brown Austin, TX 07-23-15
    Jordan Brown Austin, TX 07-23-15
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    "Great read!"

    As an openly gay pastor I was extremely impressed with Justin Lee's work. I'm grateful that he shares his story to inspire others who may be dealing with the same issues.

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    Jayme Nelson 07-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book! Thank you for your amazing contribution to the discussion, Justin Lee."

    Excellent book! Well produced, powerful story, and well researched. Justin's incredibly humility and charity are on display in this fantastic book (at many times, Lee's charity felt over the top. I honesty wanted him to be more mad and violent in his response- in this disposition I could feel Christ tugging on my heart). All around great read.

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    "Ideas Into Words"

    As a man that's always been torn between these two worlds, Lee's book gives me both hope and a voice. This is something I've always wanted to explain to my fellow Christian, as well as, my fellow LGBT community members, but could never formulate the ideas into words. Justin does it very well.

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    WorkingMom 05-01-15
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    "Thanks from a Christian mom desperate for Info"

    I was looking for information that would help me be able to understand and support my teenage gay daughter.

    I am so dreading the prejudice and heartache she will encounter as she lives her adult life as an openly gay woman.

    While I still don't have all the answers, this book has given me so much hope, peace, and has made me feel more confident about standing up for my daughter in front of people who will unavoidably judge her.

    Thank you, Justin for this book.

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    Michael 04-01-15
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    "Wonderful."

    This book hit extremely close to home for me. It vividly describes the experience, and the feelings I myself had to cope with as a gay Christian. I wish I had had this book 12 years ago when I was younger and living a similar story.

    I am thankful for this book and for the author of it for working to.makemlife for people like me a little easier and moren hopeful.

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    Eye opening! I liked it much more than I expected to. He has given me several things to consider further.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Torn to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, but I plan to purchase several copies to give out to friends, and one for myself.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Torn?

    I was moved by Justin's story, but I was downright shaken at Cindy's. It is a tragedy that a church is not a safe place for certain people, and this very idea ought to be enough to change the dynamic, start conversations and move toward healing.


    Which character – as performed by Justin Lee – was your favorite?

    Justin! As he relived his questions and fears and struggles, I felt them all.


    If you could give Torn a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A conversation about serving in the name of Christ for the modern church


    Any additional comments?

    Justin provides an articulate and nuanced argument for the church to take a look at how it can better serve a group of people, including families of LGBT, and reach them before it is too late. This issue is crucial, as Christians ought to remove barriers to Christ, not build them.

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