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Coming Out Spiritually: The Next Step Paperback – May 24, 1999
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Born in Cuba, de la Huerta is a passionate proponent of the special role he sees gays and lesbians playing in today's society. He believes that gays and lesbians are meant to be catalysts for the world's spiritual evolution, and that the time has come for them to embrace this joyous responsibility. Graduating with honors from Tulane University, the author has been a therapist and group facilitator for the past dozen years and is founder and president of "Q-Spirit", an international network of gays and lesbians in spirituality.
For many years, de la Huerta contends, gays and lesbians have been forced by organized religion to separate their sexual identities from their spiritual identities. The resulting spiritual fragmentation, according to the author, has been devastating to gay people and barely less costly to their larger community. This book discusses a number of ways of "coming out," focusing on a spiritual foundation for that process.
De la Huerta begins his book with a story from taken from a meeting of people from around the world intending to form an organization known as United Religions (a faith-based analogue of the United Nations), with a purpose of finding common ground among the world's religious traditions. At this conference the author spoke about the "Wild Faith," the queer spiritual tradition and about including gay people in the orgaization's efforts.Read more ›
As a bisexual woman, I found that this book included me instead of the trend of a lot of books on gay issues which cater specifically to the male community. I was very impressed with Christian's style and evocative language. Having met him recently at the SF Book Festival, I found that as a speaker, he is equally as eloquent and feels very strongly about his work in the LGBT community.
Anyone wondering about what religions really feel about homosexuality? Check out Appendix 1 which includes "snapshots" of many religions.
I recommend this book to anyone in the LGBT community or someone who has a loved one in the LGBT community and is wondering about spiritual issues.
As a psychologist, I have often found that because of the great harm that some organized religions have heaped upon sexual minorities, many in our community have closed themselves off to the very essential and very human spiritual sides of themselves. In essence, by associating spirituality only with religion, they metaphorically "throw the baby out with the bathwater". Mr. de la Huerta's book offers the promise of not only reviving lost spirituality for those abused by religion, but he also offers clear direction for those of us who avidly pursue healthy spiritual growth. Bravo Mr. de la Huerta!
In addition to being a thought-provoking and ultimately uplifting book, the appendixes with information on all major faiths' and religions' teachings on gays and lesbians is very informative and helpful.
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Coming Out Spiritually came to me at the right time. I'd resigned from the ministry and wandered around like a lost soul for six years with 1,000 questions floating through my... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anthony Venn-Brown
I feel that the author has made a signifcant positive contribution in my journey of self acceptance and self love as a gay person. Read morePublished on July 10, 2007 by John Simonian
I had the honor of listening to Christian de la Huerta speak and discuss Coming Out Spiritually, The Next Step. Read morePublished on July 8, 2007 by Nora OConnor
Christian's prose inspires our community and opens our hearts and soul's to who we are. I highly recommend this book to serve as a handbook for your journey, referring back, again... Read morePublished on June 19, 2007 by W. Bailey
Christian de la Huerta's insightful book digs deep into the reality that anyone: straight or GLBT people can be lead spiritual and religious lives. Read morePublished on February 26, 2007 by Erick J. Zamora
This book discusses a number of ways of "coming out." But de la Huerta concentrates on a spiritual foundation for this. Read morePublished on December 12, 2003 by John Rice
I would recommend this book to anyone (especially members of the gay, lesbian,bisexual and transgender community) looking to find a deeper spiritual path. Read morePublished on May 30, 2000 by Craig Anderson