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A War of Loves

The Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus
Narrated by: David Bennett
Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
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David Bennett came out to his parents as gay when he was 14 and entered Sydney's active gay community a few years later. In A War of Loves, he shares his growing desire as a gay rights activist to see justice for LGBTQI people, his journey through new age religions and French existentialism, and his university years as a postmodernist - before Jesus Christ showed up in his life in a highly unexpected way, leading him down a path he never would have imagined or predicted.

David had believed he was disqualified from God's love until he encountered that for himself in Jesus Christ. In A War of Loves, he recounts his dramatic story, investigates what the Bible teaches about sexuality, and above all demonstrates the profligate, unqualified grace of God.

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Just so good

as a straight man this book was great, it challenged my love of scripture and how i love others.

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Brave and Sensitive with Biblical Integrity

As much if the world and the church assign bravery to those coming out, Bennett's coming out as a gay, celebate take bravery to another level. As a straight, married, evangelical pastor Inwent From struggling with Bennett's stance on homosexuality to being humbles by hus commitment to Jesus and the scriptures. His heart for God, sacrificial lifestyle and love that embraces all of humanity is a challeging inspiration. A War of Loves is a must read for anyone longing for an honest approach to ministering to, relating to, or experiencing Homosexuality. That includes everyone following or searching for spirituality, and actually, everyone living in our culture.

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Keep an open mind and open heart

I loved this book. David took pains to be vulnerable and authentic to his faith.

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Beautiful story of redemption

Thank you for writing this book. Your honesty and courage to share your heart is inspiring. It inspires me to be more committed and intentional to seek the heart of Jesus and to seek the people that he loves.

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An uncommon but much needed perspective

This book gets to the heart of a debate that is all too common in society today. The authors first hand perspective lends a genuine empathy to the plights of many gay Christians and pursues an honest, open, and transparent point of view in an effort to display the love of Christ even through a struggle that causes an individual to question everything they’ve ever known about themselves. Ultimately, this book shows that the love of Christ is worth giving up everything, even if it means letting go of what we think makes us who we are and taking on a new identity in Jesus Christ.

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OK and informative, but full of emotionalism

The story of David is interesting, but addressed the problem of religion from an emotional point of view, so emotional that declares hearing God's voice telling him what decisions to take.

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Content is A+++ / Performance is B+

David Bennett’s story is one that every person who seeks to understand the LGBTQI+ community with the heart of Jesus.

I needed to hear this. And now I’m going to buy a physical copy for quick referencing. You should consider the same. :)

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Amazing!

It's so nice and so important to realize and let the world know that Christians don't hate homosexuals. We believe it is a sin, but we Christians, are Christians, because we realize that we are sinners, and can't do anything to earn our Salvation. We all have a cross to carry and it is different for everyone. I love the way David Bennett shares his homosexual struggles and his love for Christ too and the constant war of loves he faces.

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  • Marie Reavey
  • 06-23-19

Fantastic book, insightful & inspiring!

David's storey is challenging & inspirational. A must listen book! Whether single, married, straight, gay or anything else this book has something for everyone.

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  • Jonathan
  • 04-22-19

A must read

Found David’s journey to Christ very inspiring touching and challenging. Jesus desires for ALL to experience His love, unfortunately the church has set barriers that keep people from encountering Christ.
My takeaway is that let everyone come to know and experience the love of Christ, Each of us will continue on a imperfect journey of transformation into His image while we are on earth. Only in heaven will our bodies become perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-09-19

An important voice for the church to hear

a very challenging, thought provoking and inspiring story of a journey to live for God

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-19

David is the real deal!

Having met David several months ago, and now having read his book, I have been deeply impacted by his honesty, by his theology and by the touch of God upon him.

As a hetrosexual married Christian leader, this book hit many of my prejudices head-on. Particularly in the final two chapters, David nails truth that not only exposed some of those prejudices in me, but which has actually helped me to realise that sins that I have judged members of the LGBTQI community for in the past are actually more present in myself than I would care to admit.

The underlying theme of this book (hence the title) is that when we experience a true revelation of the love that God has for us, all other loves and desires become secondary. God's great desire for us all is that we would each encounter His love in such a way that it would inspire and even drive us to lay everything else down for it. As with the parable of the man who sold everything to buy the field in which lay the greatest of all treasures, David is living proof that when we choose to lay down our human dreams and desires, and instead pursue a life of sacrificial love for God, that manifests itself in faithful obedience, we can experience a depth of love that truly satisfies us and that many never find.

This book is full of grace AND truth. Not the misunderstood kind of grace that people take as a license to do what they want, but true grace which gives us the power to live a holy life that is pleasing to God.

David's example has challenged me to the core and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who genuinely wants to know how to effectively minister to people living in a broken world.

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  • Jon Piper
  • 12-20-18

A really helpful memoir of a life of discipleship

David's story is told with a depth of honesty that's disarming and rare. Without making the mistake of resorting to cold rationalism, David allows his story to become a biblical theology of experience. This is a generous gift from David.

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  • Pete
  • 08-03-19

A fantastic read

A real eye opener and amazing testament to the love and power of God. Both challenging and informative.