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A Change of Affection

A Gay Man's Incredible Story of Redemption
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The powerful, dramatic story of how a successful Hollywood set designer whose identity was deeply rooted in his homosexuality came to be suddenly and utterly transformed by the power of the Gospel.

When Becket Cook moved from Dallas to Los Angeles after college, he discovered a socially progressive, liberal town that embraced not only his creative side but also his homosexuality. He devoted his time to growing his career as a successful set designer and to finding "the one" man who would fill his heart. His life centered around celebrity-filled Hollywood parties, and he traveled to society hot spots around the world - until a chance encounter with a pastor at an LA coffee shop one morning changed everything.

In A Change of Affection, Becket Cook shares his testimony as someone who was transformed by the power of the Gospel. His dramatic conversion to Christianity and subsequent seminary training inform his views on homosexuality - personally, biblically, theologically, and culturally - and his compelling audiobook guides listeners through this complex and controversial issue while revealing how to lovingly engage with those who disagree. Provocative, genuine, and deeply faithful, A Change of Affection is a timely and indispensable resource for anyone who desires to understand more fully one of the most common and difficult stumbling blocks to faithfully following Christ today.

©2019 Becket Cook (P)2019 Thomas Nelson

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An amazing read. Raw and Honest

This was such an awesome book. I stumbled upon the author through a ransoms YouTube video and he talked about his book and read it out of curiosity. His analogies and biblical references make it easy to see yourself in his story no matter who you are or what your struggle is. It opened up some blind spots in my life especially when he talks about wealth identity and the prodigals older son. This book over all teaches you how to be a better loving and caring Christian towards others while not being wishy washy on your beliefs. I didn’t read a lot of Christian books before because I thought they would be boring (and some were) but I’m glad I read this one, his testimony is eye opening, empowering, and just amazing. His vulnerability and honest stand is refreshing. I recommend this book for everyone.

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An honest telling of a personal story.

I appreciated a personal view into a world I had no opportunity to discover in my own life. I appreciate now knowing at least from one person what it is/was like to admit that you are gay and all the struggles that go along with it. I hope that it brings compassion towards the LGBT community in place of judgment.

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Identity

I enjoyed the lesson in this book. It was all about the myth of "identity" and a tele of redemption. Fantastic!

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a beautiful story

A beautiful story of God's grace and mercy. tastefully written, gives God the glory without highlighting past sin.

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Narrator "sings" narration

I am always disappointed when an audiobook has a monotone narrator who will bore anyone to tears no matter how exciting the book is. So I was glad to see that this was NOT the case for this book when I first started listening. However, the author seemed to "overread" the story with too much inflection in his voice. He was almost singing the story with his inflection. I found it hard to get through the book for that reason. Other than that, the story itself, is a good read.

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awesome! loved it! will read it over and over

loved it! best book ive read in forever! will read over and over again! love

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Amazing!

Would recommend anyone and everyone to read this book! Very raw, honest, heart-felt, and powerful.

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  • JL
  • 09-12-19

Must read for this generation

Practical help for those ministering to anyone struggling with any sin spoken from one who sincerely describes the working of the Spirit in his life

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A breath of fresh air for those struggling

This book is a brilliant look into homosexuality and other struggles through faith. I was always curious how someone who is of the LGBT community would tackle this dilemma. Becket does a fantastic presentation of addressing the pains, triumphs, and difficulties on all aspects of his path to Christ. A lovely book.

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This was truly an inspired book by GOD!
As a believer, Ive alwayt wanted to do the right things, mainly love God's creation including gay, etc people, but I struggled with my approach to it. This book helped me clarify the truth about homosexuality, and how to love the sinner. Thank you!!

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  • Braam Ackermann
  • 09-06-19

Brilliant and truthful.

As a psychiatrist I was skeptical of the author’s story at first. This was after seeing a television clip of him outlining his story. Now having read the book I am 100% convinced of its authenticity. Highly recommended reading for everyone interested in this subject, written by a true gentleman.

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  • TwirlySue
  • 08-11-19

Intense, personal and pacey

I am sure this book will achieve great success. It is hugely accessible. A page turner in all honesty. A humourous, honest and pacey personal life account followed by a wonderful teaching adventure. I won't spoil anyone's reading experience by saying more although I want to!

One objection I do have is that he nearly seems to advocate Luther's belief in faith alone when in fact this clearly goes against Biblical teaching eg: “How does one receive salvation, justification, new birth and eternal life? By believing in Christ (Jn 3:16; Acts 16:31)? By repentance (Acts 2:38; 2 Pet 3:9)? etc. More examples below in note.

Also I think it would be good if the author gave some examples of people who have indeed successfully reorientated their sexual attractions to live a fulfilled and happy Christian married life with a spouse of the opposite sex.

Overall great read. Inspiring compassionate and challenging to us all to chose Christ over whatever our personal temptations may be.


Nb: Salvation - By baptism (Jn 3:5; 1 Pet 3:21; Titus 3:5)? By the work of the Spirit (Jn 3:5; 2 Cor 3:6)? By declaring with our mouths (Lu 12:8; Rom 10:9)? By coming to a knowledge of the Truth (1 Tim 2:4; Heb 10:26)? By maintaining the faith (Col 1:22-23; Mt 24:13)? By works (John 5:28-29; Rom 2:6, 7; James 2:24)? By grace (Acts 15:11; Eph 2:8)? By his blood (Rom 5:9; Heb 9:22)? By His righteousness (Rom 5:17; 2 Pet 1:1)? By His cross (Eph 2:16; Col 2:14)? )

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  • Mark
  • 08-30-19

Great story of transformation

A thought provoking book. Contains great information on understanding homosexuality and how to relate to family members who come out.