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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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    Michael Collins 05-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    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
    WorkingMom 05-01-15 Member Since 2015
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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
    Michael 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    Shannon 03-30-15
    Shannon 03-30-15 Member Since 2014
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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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    Danny 03-20-15
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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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    WriterlyWife 05-15-14 Member Since 2014
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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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    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 12-28-13
    Marsha Tierra Verde, FL, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Balanced, loving, and still intriguing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've recommended the book enough that I had to buy another printed copy to loan out. So many friends want to understand, but do not want to feel preached at or politically ranted to.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    I've been disappointed in the past when authors read their own books, but Justin Lee would be a good reader for any book. His voice is calm but engaging and he leads you neatly into a camaraderie - at least to the point where you can understand his perspective.


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

    Well, Justin was reading his own story, so I don't think this question applies.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I rarely listen to a book all in one sitting. I liked breaking this one up because it was especially thought-provoking. I wanted mulling time between chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    I've probably read a hundred books on the same or very similar subjects. This was by far the most clear and concise. Often when people are expressing or explaining their own beliefs in depth, I find I skim and skip along, but Justin Lee made me want to hear every word.

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