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Gay Christian 101: Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay Christians - What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality Paperback – June 27, 2007


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  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Salient Press; 1ST edition (June 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979246105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979246104
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,579,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Very encouraging to find out you're ok and God still loves you just as you are.
Tania
Brentlinger thoroughly documents many ancient writings providing extra support to the crucial cultural context required when reading our Bibles.
J. Thomas
This is not wishy-washy liberal nonsense, it is very well researched & written by a Bible believing evangelical Christian.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Romell D. Weekly on June 1, 2008
Rick presents a very good case for a Gay-affirming God of the Bible. He provides a very detailed view of the various biblical passages directly and/or indirectly referencing homosexuality, and offers arguments I've previously not heard--a rare find in the age of regurgitated literature.

He provides PLENTY of evidence to support most of his claims. A few were a stretch; but the overall effort of the book, and various points it firmly establishes make this an excellent and almost absolutely necessary addition to your library. It's definitely worth the time and money.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Stephenson on August 1, 2008
I was so blessed by your book! It is so thoroughly researched and the author obviously has a deep love and reverance for the scriptures. I will be able to use it to educate those who have said "You just read the Bible the way you want to, to justify your lifestyle."
It seems to me it would be pretty hard to be a serious Biblical scholar and NOT come to the conclusions the author did. Being Missouri Synod Lutheran and a lesbian, my religious education has included a lot of scripture sutdy, so I appreciate the research that went into this book. Thank you for the time, energy and inspiration that went into the most complete and affirming book on this topic I've ever read!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Greg T. Laughinghouse on May 4, 2009
Rick Brentlinger's "Gay Christian 101: Spiritual Self-Defense For Gay Christians" has gone a long way in helping me heal from the condemnation and judgment I experienced from the Pentacostal Free Will Baptist Church I was brought up in. It is truly amazing how the scriptures have been taken out of context to condemn a large group of people. Brentlinger provides a detailed analysis of how certain scriptures have been interpretted throughout history and points out that "Scripture cannot mean now, what it did not mean then". That is the best and strongest argument one could make. He delves deep into the scripture and puts it in it's context. The message I got from the book is that God truly does love me even though I am gay and that I can have a loving relationship with someone of my own sex and a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ. This is the best book on the subject I have read. If you have gay family or friends who have turned away from God due to feeling that they are condemned to hell for being who they were born to be, I strongly urge you to give them a copy of this book. It will go a long way of combating the condemnation and judgment tape that plays over and over for many. Mr. Brentlinger thanks for this special gift to us
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Justin R. Cannon on July 18, 2008
In his book GAY CHRISTIAN 101, Rick Brentlinger delves deep into the Scriptures and their historical context to present one of the most comprehensive studies on the Bible and Homosexuality. The depth and breadth of his research is unparalleled as he examines closely the biblical texts, as well as writings by their contemporaries on sexuality.

Justin R. Cannon
Editor, Sanctified: An Anthology of Poetry by LGBT Christians
Author, The Bible, Christianity, & Homosexuality
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By sparrow on May 28, 2009
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After years of struggle and self-loathing, frustration and emotional bankruptcy, reading this wonderful book can only be likened to finally coming home ... coming home to God's blessing (that was always there!), to His affirmation, to His assurance that I'm exactly what He ordained me to be, and to His love that whispers, "No matter what anyone else says or thinks, you're Mine."
As I had communicated to the author - I only wish such a gift as this book was available to me in 1964, as a lonely, confused teenager - sure of what I was, but with no one I could dare talk to about.
But all things come in their season, and God has ordained THIS time for Rick's excellent work, and I shall be ever-grateful for it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous Tipper on January 29, 2010
This book is by far one of the best thought out and researched pieces of work on same sex relationships that I have encountered. I enjoy that it is written by someone who is a conservative Christian and therefore knows the arguments that conservatives/traditionalists use to condemn same sex relationships. I myself am also conservative and would grow tired of those in homosexual relationships simply saying that what they were doing was right because it was all about Love. To me that was never enough I needed to know what God really said on the matter because I knew that man's heart is deceitful above all things and that being right with God couldn't merely be based on feelings. That is why I really love this book it opens up scripture and explores the various nuances of the words used and the context in which these words were given to shed light on same sex relationships. If you are truly searching for an answer I encourage you to read this book! As a side note I prayed that while reading this book that God would not allow me to believe a lie or anything contrary to his word. I believe what Jesus said about God our heavenly father giving us what we asked for when he said that if a son asked his father for fish would the father instead give him a snake, likewise if men who are evil are able to give good gifts how much more will God give good things to those who ask him. I take Jesus up on that promise and simply ask that the truth on this matter be shown to me. i suggest you do it too and then read this book.
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