"A brave, engaging, and disarming book that page by page insults our sensibilities and peels away the reader’s safe, comfortable, and secure personal perceptions, attitudes, and limits…. It is an uncomfortable but spiritually rewarding journey with great and demanding insights. And trust me, you will laugh out loud." —Lisa D., booking agent, producer, and director
"This book is the record of an epic search by the soul, told as a journey of discovery into the darkness of doubt and damnation. Through his words, Langteaux shows the reader that it is our faith that maintains us on this journey of shocks, doubts, questions, revelations, joy, and light. And it is this very light that leads the reader into Christ's freeing truth and the profound depth of his love for all his creation." —Larry P., writer and activist
"James, I read your first two books, and as a gay man and an agnostic, I honestly thought you were . . . a hypocrite. After reading Gay Conversations with God, I can honestly say, for the first time in my life, that I now believe that there is a God—and perhaps, he may even love me." —Paul G., multimedia artist
"James, after reading Gay Conversations with God, I went out today with a smile and so much joy! I knew that God loves me and that made all the difference . . . . In my closet where I was hiding from myself was guilt and shame and the belief that I was unlovable . . . your story is one of sacred tenderness and acceptance . . . at times, as I was reading, I knew I was in truth, listening to the voice of God . . . how real and honest the words are . . . you have such a poetic gift as a writer . . . simple and deep and embracing and real!" —Toni G., Poet
This is a crazy book. It has taken me 8 long years to finally come to a place where I truly believe this raw and honest message of God's incredible, undeniable, unconditional love for ALL of his kids. More specifically - for me.
I also had to figure out how I would survive after being banished from the Christian television world, once this book made it too print. If it ever did, make it to print. (An A.D.D. Moment: Working in Christian TV has always been God's little joke on me. When I was 18 I told him I would NEVER work in any Christian endeavor, especially not TV. Now, after spending most of my life doing just that, I'm telling God I will NEVER win the lottery.)
After my agent received about 30 rejections from all the major publishers, I was pretty much convinced that this little book would be safely tucked up on my shelf and I could continue traveling the planet interviewing people with amazing stories.
But it turned out that God had other plans and a bold little publisher on the Northern Coast of Scotland came from out of nowhere and decided to take a very big risk in a very bad economy to put these incendiary words into print. I remain forever grateful to Thierry and the folks at Findhorn Press. And I am trusting that if God can pull this kind of thing out of a hat, he can also figure out a way for me to continue to eat!
This book is not shocking for sheer shock sake. I knew I had to speak the language of those who have been beaten and bloodied beyond belief by God's so called right hand men. Drastic times call for drastic measures and this book pulls no punches. Imagine Billy Graham meets Dr. Seuss with just a dollop of porn and you pretty much have this book.
GCWG was originally titled: God Hates Fags - and other bedtime Bible stories. However, some people smarter and more influential convinced me to change the name. But thankfully, the power and lyrical cadence of the message remains the same. I still really love the old title. But if I can reach one more reader with a saner cover, it will have been worth it in the end. And knowing it was once a collection of bedtime bible stories will make the Dr. Seuss quality make a whole lot more sense.
Oh, one last note. This book is a little like insulin. If you are a diabetic, it will save you, if you aren't it will kill you. Take only as directed - Reader Beware!)