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  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Tregatti Press (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615339042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615339047
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #933,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Salvatore Sapienza is a former monk in the Catholic Church and the author of "Seventy Times Seven," which was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards, including Best Spirituality. During his years in religious life, Sapienza worked alongside Father Mychal Judge in helping to establish St. Francis AIDS Ministry, one of the first Catholic AIDS organizations in the country. Sapienza writes about his friendship with Father Judge, "The Saint of 9/11," in the book "Mychal's Prayer." As a writer, Sapienza's work has appeared in The Gay and Lesbian Times, Ashe Journal, and The Holland Sentinel newspaper, among others. He has done speaking engagements at numerous schools, retreat centers and bookstores around the country and has appeared on Public Television and National Public Radio. He lives in Michigan where he works as an interfaith minister and spiritual director. For more, please visit gayisagift.com

More About the Author

Salvatore Sapienza is an interfaith minister and the author of the books MYCHAL'S PRAYER:PRAYING WITH FATHER MYCHAL JUDGE, GAY IS A GIFT and SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN, which was nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards, including BEST SPIRITUALITY.

SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN is a novel loosely based on Sapienza's years as a monk in the Catholic Church. During those years, he worked alongside Father Mychal Judge, the New York City fire chaplain who died in the World Trade Center attacks. Sapienza writes of his experiences with Father Judge in MYCHAL's PRAYER. GAY IS A GIFT is a spiritual handbook for the GLBT community.

A freelance writer, Sapienza has written feature stories for several newspapers and magazines across the country, and he has appeared locally on NPR and PBS. Please visit www.interfaith-minister.com for more information.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David J. Sterken on December 24, 2009
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The author offers an truly enlightened view of what it means to be gay and rallies the reader around the idea that being gay is not a curse, but a wonderful gift. The author gently weaves together the wisdom of many gay spiritual leaders (Ram Dass, Father Mychal Judge, Malcolm Boyd) creating a convincing argument "that we have been given our gay giftedness by Divine right and for Divine reason". His call for the gay community to embrace forgiveness and let go of the idea that our grudges and anger are in some way justified is the call for all of us to see beyond the outer aspects of our lives and allow our Divine Gift to shine! The very last page of his book contain the words to a powerful song written by Libby Roderick -- "How could anyone ever tell you, you are anything less than beautiful? How could anyone ever tell you, you are less than whole? How could anyone fail to notice that your loving is a miracle? How deeply you're connected to my soul." Gay is a Gift is a must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen L. McGinley on June 21, 2011
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Salvatore Salpienza does a great job demonstrating the fact that we are God's children and have been gifted with special qualities. After reading this book, one feels so much better about themselves and can start to release the shame, guilt, anger and fear that often comes with being gay.
I highly recommend this book to anyone, gay or straight, who is interested in the history of gays and how to overcome homophobia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe O. on March 22, 2012
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Gay is a Gift, by Salvatore Sapienza, is a treasured, short compilation of help for gay men and women who are trying to connect or re-connect their gayness with religion and spirituality. The book may "favor" Catholic authors for background material, but I believe anyone "with a religious background" can benefit from his insights and inspiration.
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I just completed reading Gay Is A Gift by author Salvatore Sapienza. WOW, what an eye opener and most inspiring read. It is one of those books that makes you stop and reflect to see if you really are empowering yourself and those around you with the GIFTS that were given to you at birth. In Salvatore’s book he makes mention of religious people knowing scripture backward and forward with some of them only knowing God on an intellectual level with no emphasis on the spiritual level. I was raised Catholic by a Dad who was very devout and religious and a Mother who was more on the spiritual side of the aisle. The two of them managed to balance the scales for me. Today I no longer worship in the Catholic Church. People ask me of what faith I practice and I tell them it’s a private spiritual thing between thing between my creator and me.
I am so glad you decided to make the word GIFT plural with an S for Service. Service is a key element for me to live a purpose driven life and share my gifts. In closing I thank you for the thought inspiring messages that you conveyed and planted into my mind. As a gay male on the spiritual side of the aisle it was very refreshing to read this book. Gay is a blessing and I am thankful for it every single day.
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