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Single, Gay, Christian

A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity
Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (87 ratings)

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Let's make a deal, you and me. Let's make promises to each other. I promise to tell you my story. The whole story. I'll tell you about a boy in love with Jesus, who, at the fateful onset of puberty, realized his sexual attractions were persistently and exclusively for other guys. I'll tell you how I lay on my bed in the middle of the night and whispered to myself the words I've whispered 1000 times since: "I'm gay." I'll show you the world through my eyes.

I'll tell you what it's like to belong nowhere. To know that much of my Christian family will forever consider me unnatural, dangerous, because of something that feels as involuntary as my eye color. And to know that much of the LGBTQ community that shares my experience as a sexual minority will disagree with the way I've chosen to interpret the call of Jesus, believing I've bought into a tragic, archaic ritual of self-hatred.

But I promise my story won't all be sadness and loneliness and struggle. I'll tell you good things, too, hopeful things, funny things, like the time I accidentally came out to my best friend during his bachelor party. I'll tell you what it felt like the first time someone looked me in the eyes and said, "You are not a mistake." I'll tell you that joy and sorrow are not opposites, that my life has never been more beautiful than when it was most brokenhearted.

If you'll listen, I promise I'll tell you everything, and you can decide for yourself what you want to believe about me.

©2017 Gregory Coles (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Much needed

This is a story that needs to be told. We are all on a journey. All in need of God's grace.

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Stands apart from the rest of the genre

Unflinchingly honest. Sincerely Christian. Very funny. Inspiring and emboldening. Easy to recommend to anyone at all.

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This is a lovingly told story that honors God well

the author shares his story in honesty and humility, never showing condemnation towards any people group, and always acknowledging that God is sovereign and good even in the midst of our burdens.

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A new perspective!

I loved this book! There were several times that I wanted to grab hold of the author and hug him with love through out his journey. I am forever grateful to him for sharing his story. I look forward to meeting him in person one day and telling him so. In this life or in our perfected lives to come.

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Read with care

If you are a gay-affirming Christians or a gay Christian this book will challenge you.

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I can finally relate!!

I absolutely loved this book and needed so much to hear another gay Christian with my beliefs. You were telling of my struggles except I willed myself to be straight and even married, all of which was unsuccessful and only caused more pain. I am a celibate lesbian Christian who loves Jesus! So wonderful to know there is someone else out there like me! Such a wonderful book, I loved your honesty!

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loved!

as a Christian woman who has a gay uncle and several gay friends who I adore I wanted to hear the feelings of someone who puts Jesus first. I was sad that he wont have the relationship like I have with my husband here on earth, but I remember that this life is but a vapor and that what happens after is forever

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Just the Best

This is far and away the best book I have ever read on the topic. It is a sensitive topic that Gregory handles with care and tact. I appreciate his vulnerability and candor on a topic most would just prefer to avoid. Would have been worth it at 5 credits!

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entertaining yet challenging story

kept me on the edge of my seat. great for a Christian unfamiliar with the struggles of gay Christians. yes, Cole is a great model of what it means to be gay AND Christian.

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Not Terrible

If was nice to hear the authors perspective as a gay Christian growing up in the evangelical church. I do however have a more progressive view about homosexuality and the church then even he does, which surprised me. Worth the read to help move the conversation forward.

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