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  • Pray the Gay Away

  • A Southern Thing
  • By: Sara York
  • Narrated by: Jason Frazier
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Star football player, Jack Miller, had it all. The perfect family, looks, girls hanging on his every word, and the respect of most people in his town. But one thing was missing--a man to be his own. When Andrew Collins showed up in small town, conservative Sweet, Georgia, he looked more scrawny mutt than high school senior. Andrew's plan was to keep his head down and graduate high school, leaving his family behind to start his real life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gay raised in the south & religous homes must read

  • By John Chapman on 06-25-14

Gay raised in the south & religous homes must read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Pray the Gay Away to be better than the print version?

I personal grew up in the South and my father was a Baptist minister. Sara York understands the unspoken rule that a Southern ministers family must portray the "image of perfection". The second rule is that "parents are always right" and "children are always wrong". Southern culture often places ministers and their families as examples of the "perfect family". Therefore, if you are gay then you must lie or die but never shame the family by telling the truth. That is what this book is about. I personally know how accurate her image is of a Southern ministers family is because I grew-up in such a family. It is what all gay youth should never face.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pray the Gay Away?

The accurate depicting of what an ultra religious ministers family.

Which character – as performed by Jason Frazier – was your favorite?

Jason Frazier ability to switch voice between adult and child stimulates the emotional power of this performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last two chapter bought me to tears and anger. The level of intensity caused my to yell out "hit the basted and fight back". However, It very hard to fight back when you think your actions have the power to destroy those that you love.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Is God Anti-Gay?

  • By: Sam Allberry
  • Narrated by: Sam Allberry
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

It's the hot topic of the moment. Christians, the church, and the Bible seem to be out of step with modern attitudes towards homosexuality. And there is growing hostility towards those who hold a different view. So is God homophobic? And what do we say, and how do we relate to to both Christians and non-Christians who experience same-sex attraction. In this short, simple book, Sam Allberry wants to help confused Christians understand what God has said about these questions in the scriptures, and offers a positive and liberating way forward through the debate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lot of information in a compact book.

  • By J. Murphy on 07-16-15

Poor Bibilical Interpetation

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-17-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Those that still believe homosexuality is a "sin" rather than a "sexual orientation". If your believe the Bible was written directly to 21st century, you may like this book. The author uses poor scholarship.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sam Allberry again?

No, because allows his biases, homosexuality is a sin, saying the Bible aggress with him. He does not allow the Bible to speak for it self. Good scholarship starts with good "textual criticism" allowing the Bible to reflect the culture of 2000 years ago.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

He read well.

What character would you cut from Is God Anti-Gay??

Sam Allberry message to conservative Christians is to love the sinner/ homosexual because God loves all sinners. Yet, he prof text the scriptures to prove his point. Example: Story of Sodom and Gomorra has nothing to say about homosexuality but clearly has references to male to male "rape". Rape is not a homosexual act and no more than it is a heterosexual act. However, the author argues that it was referring to homosexuality.

6 of 20 people found this review helpful