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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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i loved this book.

i loved it.. this book really helps not only straight but gays that are struggling with their attractions and as the author it can go both ways but i choose to be as christ like and loving as possible and not blame either party.

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Great book to read on Christianity and Homosexuali

I am glad to have listened to this book. Although I am a straight, married Christian, I feel it is important to study for myself what the biblical truth about homosexuality. It was great hear Justin's story and his interpretation of the Bible verses that referred to homosexuality. I am most interested to know his view of Ephesians 5 (the verse most folks point to when describing Biblical marriage) or Adam and Eve story, and what implications those verses have on his view of Biblical relationships. Because he didn't explore such topics in this book, I felt the book was complete. However, I would certainly recommend this book to others interested in exploring this topic.

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  • 10-07-16

a must read to love people and stop judging

Tears listening to this moving , authentic book. The author shares his experience beautifully to open hearts. In finding acceptance of others, we find acceptance of ourselves, and move closer to what God wants us to be.

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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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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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I disagree but I enjoyed this book

I liked that this book was well read and very easy to listen too. The author did a good job at conveying points in a tone I wouldn’t have picked up reading I️t alone.

I disagree with his moral theology and holding on to the word gay even though he admitted that people hold multiple meanings behind the word wether attraction or action and I️t causes confusion in discussions.

He rightly pointed out that Christians can be more loving and even though I disagree with his conclusions I️t has forced me to critique my personal approach to this problem.

As a Catholic I am glad we don’t have to deal with interpretation issues on Scripture as our non- catholic brothers and sisters do . side B is our position and I wish he went over it more.

Pax Christi

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Justin Lee is a fabulous writer and narrator

I have never read a book that that encompassed all questions regarding Christ and the question of, is being Gay a sin?. This book will be beneficial to those who are Gay or straight and seeking the same answers.

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amazing story

amazing story that will stick with me, plus the narrator was captivating and kept me listening

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Restored my faith in the Bible

I had lost my faith in the Bible because I couldn't reconcile my (lack of) understanding of the Bible on homosexuality and the fact that I'm gay. This book has restored my faith in the Bible and God. I highly recommend this book to anyone, Christian or not.

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I loved the book and my 1st audible experience

it was an amazing experience. I loved hearing the authors intent of the words. I recommend audible to anyone. however I would love to have access to the book to read along sometime.

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  • 03-18-16

Excellent investigation into the subject

Justin Lee has written an excellent narrative of his life, the struggles, the searching and many insights from side A & side B. A must read for all who have interest in the topic, one side or the other.