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Publisher's Summary

Before you can resolve the issues of our day, you must be able to clarify them.

Terms like same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gay Christian are parts of daily discourse, yet enormous controversy surrounds them. They are the stuff of news headlines and vitriolic social media posts. But they also reflect stirrings of the heart in real people with real questions and concerns.

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, once a leftist professor in a committed lesbian relationship and now a confessional Christian, but always the thoughtful and compassionate professor, has written a follow-up to The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. This book answers many of the questions people pose when she speaks at universities and churches, questions not only about her unlikely conversion to Christ but about personal struggles that the ques­tioners only dare to ask someone else who has traveled a long and painful journey.

Dr. Butterfield not only goes to great lengths to clarify some of today's key controversies; she also traces their history and defines the terms that have become second nature today - even going back to God's original design for marriage and sexuality as found in the Bible. She cuts to the heart of the problems and points the way to the solution, which includes a challenge to the church to be all that God intended it to be and for each person to find the true freedom that is found in Christ.

Chapters include:

  • Conversion: The Spark of a New Identity
  • Identity: The Flame of Our Union in Christ
  • Repentance: The Threshold to God and the Answer to Shame, Temptation, and Sin
  • Sexual Orientation: Freud's 19th-Century Category Mistake
  • Self-Representation: What Does It Mean to Be "Gay"?
  • Conflict: When Sisters Disagree
  • Community: Representing Christ to the World
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Thought Provoking

Deeply thought provoking and personal, this book is a masterful and clear presentation of how the culture's way of defining personhood according to sexual desire falls far short of the richness to be gained by finding one's identity first in Christ. With a sensitive and caring tone, Rosaria's reading of her own is compelling and convincing of the riches to be found in Christ no matter what kind of past we bring to that relationship. It is a good book for those who struggke with unwanted homisexual desire and also deeply insightful fir anyone with a family member ir friend with that syruggke.

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A must read.

Would you consider the audio edition of Openness Unhindered to be better than the print version?

It is read by the author, which always adds to the story.

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This is a deeply thoughtful book on the relationship of Christianity to a person with confused sexual orientation. As a Christian it helps me to consider the struggles of a person with same sex attraction. For the person with same sex attraction it clearly speaks of the design of sexuality from the scriptures with gentleness, compassion and understanding. I greatly appreciate the author for her thoughtful and courageous ministry to the church and to the LGBT community.

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Follow-up to An Unlikely Convert

This book follows up Butterfield's previous book, An Unlikely Convert. It addresses the challenges of those who experience non-traditional sexual attraction (gay, bi-sexual, etc.) as they deal with these feelings/attractions as a Christian follower. There is a lot of talk out there and people on all sides wonder both how to do this while be faithful to the Bible and glorify and honor God. She calls out both sides and provides good insight to this issue. It appears to be written more to women and comes from a definitely reformed Christian tradition. But even with these qualifications, this is a good book which should be read by anyone interested in this dynamic.

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What I’ve needed

I’ve needed to hear these words.

Thank you Mrs. Butterfeild. Your testimony is guidance and shepherding.

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Thank you, sister!

Thank you, sister! Paise God for your salvation and intellect. Your books are always so encouraging, helpful, and educational.

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It will make you think hard

Everyone's takeaway from this book will be different. It may anger you, upset you, or comfort you, but the point of this book seems to be to open up an unhindered dialogue about the meaning and weight of human words and actions. For example, I never saw someone questioning the term "gay" or "lesbian" as a noun. I am not entirely sure which Freudian text the author refers to when she talks about Freud's invention of the term "homosexual" as a category of personhood. But she understands this term to be a historical (post-Romantic, post-Freudian, modern) construct, not an ontologically given essence. It is not a book that attacks the LGBT community--in fact, she speaks very admiringly and lovingly of the community as a nurturing and hospitable group of people. She says Christians have a lot to learn. If she were an LGBT advocate in the past, in Christ's community she is now an advocate for hospitality and undindered openness. If you are also in Christ's community, I hope you'll realize by reading this book that loving your neighbor is a gospel mandate.

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I will read it again!

This work teaches a biblical view of our brokenness in sin and portrays Christan living.

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Please listen.

Delighted to hear this read by author and learn more of grace and love.

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freedom is a beautiful

thank you for sharing and your vulnerable spirit.. openness is powerful and truly does set us free.

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  • DPatz
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Inspiring, Biblical, Honest

I loved this book and it makes it better that it is read by the author.
It helps us to think biblically about some very important and emotional issues.
I love her call (in word and example) of true hospitality.

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  • D. Sewell
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Great listen

Very insightful and needed listen. Rosaria tells her own story well, with compassion and facts on such a sensitive subject.