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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (September 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470279281
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470279281
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chellew-Hodge, a former journalist, is a UCC pastor who runs the online magazine Whosoever.org. Her experiences as a gay Christian searching for how to live with integrity while contending with sometimes hateful opposition inform this book. The spiritual survival tips that conclude each chapter serve not only as summaries but also as direct points of advice for GLBT persons coping with inevitable conflict. She also includes brief meditation exercises. Chellew-Hodge offers a realistic voice of experience filled with compassion and love—not just for her intended audience but also for their attackers. Although some may find her impulse to forgive premature, Chellew-Hodge does not naïvely excuse much less accept the abusive language and behavior of antigay Christians. This is not a book explaining relevant Bible passages and their interpretations, though Chellew-Hodge advocates biblical literacy beyond literalism. Instead, it is a confident, sensible approach to handling the opposition and self-doubt that can undermine a GLBT person's sense of worth and belonging as a Christian. (Oct.)
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Chellew-Hodge, a former journalist, is a UCC pastor who runs the online magazine Whosoever.org. Her experiences as a gay Christian searching for how to live with integrity while contending with sometimes hateful opposition inform this book. The “spiritual survival tips” that conclude each chapter serve not only as summaries but also as direct points of advice for GLBT persons coping with inevitable conflict. She also includes brief meditation exercises. Chellew-Hodge offers a realistic voice of experience filled with compassion and love—not just for her intended audience but also for their attackers. Although some may find her impulse to forgive premature, Chellew-Hodge does not naïvely excuse much less accept the abusive language and behavior of antigay Christians. This is not a book explaining relevant Bible passages and their interpretations, though Chellew-Hodge advocates biblical literacy beyond literalism. Instead, it is a confident, sensible approach to handling the opposition and self-doubt that can undermine a GLBT person's sense of worth and belonging as a Christian. (Oct.) (Publishers Weekly, August 11, 2008)

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I soon found much of my own story in Chellew-Hodge's words.
Roger D. Mcclellan
Although tears are a part of reading this book, it is good to know that God is in control, and my job is just to love Him, and love the people He made.
Ginger Hunt
Should be required reading for all gay (and straight) Christians!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Winnipeg Book Lover on December 13, 2008
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Prior to reading this book I was a discouraged gay Christian. As much as I wanted to believe God loved me, I always felt ashamed and guilty about being gay. When I saw this book I had to read to read it and I was not disappointed. I can honestly say this book has changed my life and I am forever grateful for it. I feel empowered, positive and renewed in my faith. Should be required reading for all gay (and straight) Christians!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Roger D. Mcclellan on October 16, 2008
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When I purchased this book, I did so thinking that I would give it a perfunctory read and then pass it along to one of my GLBT friends. I soon found much of my own story in Chellew-Hodge's words. Bulletproof Faith is an invaluable resource, not just for gay and lesbian Christians, but any person of faith who has struggled to make peace with The Divine and the world around them. Be Bulletproof.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Robert N. Minor, Ph.D. on December 21, 2008
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Tough and tender, experienced and insightful, Bulletproof Faith is a manual LGBTQ people of faith will read to nourish their own faith while meeting the challenges of those so caught up in their own hurt and pain but using religion and religious arguments to stay stuck rather than face the real issues in their own lives. Rev. Chellew-Hodge walks believers through the steps that can prepare them to stop trying to win arguments with those who object to LGBTQ people and begin to experience every encounter as a chance to personally grow. (Winning isn't a virtue. We must sometimes "lose" to show that we really believe.) Though subtitled a "survival guide," I'd say it's really a guide to thriving in the midst of people who would rather see LGBTQ people anything but proud and healthy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharlotte L. Baughman on March 28, 2013
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I have a friend who is battling cancer and felt God might be punishing her because she is gay. My sister's church had used the book and the study guides to examine the fact that our God is not a punitive God and that some bad things happen for other reasons. In this case, having cancer may have initially made my friend question her faith and her position, but Bullet Proof Faith helped her to realize it was strengthening her faith. I have passed this book around to other gay friends and each of them has had a positive reaction. My sister's suggestion to share this book with my friend was "right on". It being available on Amazon was perfect timing. Thank you and God Bless You All.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By doctormom on December 6, 2011
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As a (straight) Christian mom of a gay Christian son, this book spoke directly to the issues I face in dealing with rigid, rejecting folks in my own faith community. The concept of the importance of developing a "bulletproof faith" so that I can continue to extend grace to those who are not extending grace to me or to my son, is as helpful for straight Christian supporters as it is for the intended audience.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Tommeltj on January 31, 2011
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I was initially attracted to this book after seeing a review in the HuffPo ("why homosexuals should never argue scripture"). To her credit, Chellew-Hodge does an excellent job of providing means of "bullet-proofing" GLBT Christians. Many of the conservative individuals she has encountered clearly don't deserve a response: someone shouting "dykes go to hell!" obviously doesn't need a response so much as a restraining order. When it comes to discussing the issue "can I be a good Christian and a good homosexual," her record is much more mixed. She has has a plan for developing a thick skin, but not a deep faith. When encountering someone who reasonably and calmly disagrees on God's view of homosexuality and really tries to understand her, her advice boils down to repeatedly asserting "I don't agree" and moving along when the other person becomes shrill or tires out. She clearly thinks that finding common ground with her opponents is best, but it is also obvious that "common ground" is small indeed: "we all agree that Jesus doesn't like haters" (and that's it). True, even thoughtful conservative Christians I know can agree with this, but little else. I suppose this is a recipe for civil peace, but not for policy or communion (in or out of churches).
From a theological perspective, Chellew-Hodge has drunk deeply both of post-modernism and higher criticism. Something is true because she knows in her heart it's true (something Mormons, ironically, would agree with). Questions are asked because questioning is good, not because we actually want answers (my 3-year old agrees). Biblical arguments (such as Romans 1) are dealt with by deconstruction: St. Paul was just a guy, not a very bright one, and we can disregard him at our leisure.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LB on December 6, 2009
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The best thing about this book is that it goes beyond the arguments and the clobber scriptures and arms the reader with ways to become and remain "bulletproof" in his/her faith. It gives exercises for practice, like meditation, that have been very helpful as I put them into use. Additionally, there is a bookgroup guide on the author's website so the book can be discussed with others. Highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Abney on June 15, 2013
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This book gave good advice on how to handle angry disagreeable people for any occasion! It is also easy to read.
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