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Perhaps you are the aunt or uncle of a young woman who has been living her life with another woman, and now you're invited to their wedding, and although you love her, you're not sure how you feel about marriage for two women. Or maybe the co-worker who came out to you a couple of years back has now invited you to his wedding to another man, and you're not sure if you should go, being uncomfortable with the whole notion of gay marriage. Perhaps you're a member of a church in a denomination that now blesses same sex unions, but can't understand how, as a Christian, your church can officially approve of and support such a relationship. Or maybe you want your denomination to be more accepting of gay men and lesbians and their relationships, but you don't know what arguments to use in convincing your fellow parishioners that this would be a good thing. Maybe you are gay or lesbian yourself, but can't seem to find the words which would help your resistant parents or judgmental sibling in accepting you and your beloved partner, and you're looking for a book to give them which would answer their misgivings about you and your relationship. You may feel that changing the definition of marriage after thousands of years is a risky and unwise thing to do. Or perhaps you have a desire simply to learn more about this social change phenomenon which seems to be sweeping the nation and its religious institutions.
Maybe you're concerned that gay marriage threatens the separation of church and state and is a threat to your church and what you believe. You think of yourself as being somewhat supportive of gay people, but this "marriage thing" goes a little too far, and you're looking for help in sorting through the religious, legal and social issues raised by the affirmation of gay relationships. After all, isn't it better for children to be raised by a mother and a father? And doesn't the Bible clearly condemn homosexuality? And you don't have time to read one of the books which deals with only one aspect of this issue.
I wrote God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage just for you!
There's a lot to sort through in this issue that seems to be sweeping the country, and arousing fierce passions in its wake. I have tried to imagine a conversation between me and you. In countless conversations I've had with people just like you, I have heard and understood the legitimate concerns and questions you have about gay marriage, and each one of those concerns/questions becomes the subject of a chapter in the book. Using good theology, reasoned secular arguments and a respectful tone, I have attempted to make the case that citizens of the United States and members of religious communities should be supportive of this development in our common life.
While I may not convince you of the rightness of gay marriage, I at least hope to open your minds and hearts to the possibility that this could be a responsible, godly and wise development. I even think it might make it possible for you to go to that gay wedding you've been invited to, with joy and appreciation for the love exhibited between these two people. Because in the end, God believes in love!
Great book that provides a clear, cogent argument in support for marriage equality. The author uses some examples from his own life to illustrate the importance of marriage for all... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amjedi
The author convincingly covers the many facets of this debate. His church background was helpful in getting me past the stereotypical ideas that have been pervasive in our... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Linda Sipp
A good response to all the usual claims against gay marriage. Powerful stuff.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
GOOD BOOK IT REALLY LETS YOU KNOW THE MIND OF NOT ONLY OWNER BUT THE PETPublished 1 month ago by Jay Pentzien
This book being written from the perspective of a gay clergyman is informative and encourages a closer look at our value systems in general. Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Major
Awesome book! Highly recommended for anyone who is struggling with the reconciliation between spirituality and non-heterosexual identity issues.Published 5 months ago by Aaron Geringer
A wonderful book, filled with good information for "conflicted Christians" and all who believe that we were ALL created in the Divine Image. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Judy Lewis
This is one of the most loving written books about gays. It is great, wonderful and full of good family readingPublished 5 months ago by george P dominick