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Product Details

  • Series: Questions Christians Ask
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908762314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908762313
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Empathetic and wise, learned and clear, hopeful and kind--this book by Sam Allberry is on a topic that can be very challenging. It would be helpful for just about anyone to read.
- Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church


This short book is outstanding. Sam Allberry handles people carefully, texts wisely and issues sensitively, and the result is a supremely helpful book on perhaps the most challenging issue western Christians face today. I highly recommend it.
- Andrew Wilson, pastor and blogger at thinktheology.co.uk


Every minister should read this book and we should endeavor to get it into the hands of as many of our congregation as possible.
- Paul Levy, Reformation 21 blog


Truly marvellous. Sam writes from the perspective of a pastor who himself struggles with same sex attraction. This makes the book more compassionate and compelling. Sam's humanity shines through every page; his understanding of weakness undergirds the whole; his compassion for those facing that which he himself faces each day is deeply moving. This book would make an excellent resource for pastors and elders to keep on hand, given that this is an issue which is set to become more, not less, significant and contentious.
--Carl R. Trueman, Reformation21 blog


This an excellent book. It is real and sensitive, bold and biblical. It pulls no punches but is never strident or angular. Sam is clearly writing from the heart, and with a heart for Christ, his people and the world.
--Steve Timmis, Director Acts 29 Europe


The gospel is good news, for homosexuals too. The gospel doesn't define us by our temptations but by the righteousness of Christ. This book sets forth the biblical case. The author captures perfectly the gospel's call to repentance and offer of mercy. Read this book and consider how God is calling you to love, in word and in deed, all of those around you.
--Russell D. Moore, President Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention Author, Tempted and Tried: Temptation and the Triumph of Christ

EXCELLENT. Short, clear, kind, understanding... this needs to be widely distributed.
--Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director at 9Marks, blogger and author.

From the Author

Sam writes with genuine pastoral warmth out of his own personal experience. He argues convincingly that, far from being anti-gay, God loves those who experience same-sex attraction and that the gospel is good news for us too.
- Jonathan Berry, Director, True Freedom Trust

More About the Author

SAM ALLBERRY has been a pastor at St Mary's Church, Maidenhead, UK since 2008. Prior to that he worked as the pastor for students at St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, UK. His passion is helping people understand the significance and wonder of biblical truth.

His hobbies include American history, bad jokes and slowly perfecting his recipe for Thai green curry.

His latest book is "Is God Anti-Gay?"

Customer Reviews

This is a book I will reread and give to my friends to read and reread.
Kevin P. Halloran
I think this book is good for help in loving others who struggle with same sex attraction, homosexuality, or any sexual sin.
Amazon Customer
This book has a good biblical foundation and a very balanced treatment of a difficult cultural issue.
James D. Quiggle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
"We need to love them more than their gay friends do, and we need to love them more than they love their homosexuality. Only then can we point to the greater love that God has for them." (73)

It is by far agreed that homosexuality is the defining issue of the day for the church. If you exist on the internet with a blog you are discussing it and if you don't then you are certainly reading about it. If you can stomach it you can even watch it discussed on the news media outlets or listen to it on the radio. With a host of pastors, bloggers, counselors and theologians weighing in on the discussion it is pretty easy to realize that most of them within evangelical circles are not homosexual themselves. They are discussing the issue from the outside looking in as it pertains to the activity of homosexuality.

That is why one of the most recent books on the issue is so unique. Sam Allberry, pastor and author, has written a short and very readable book titled Is God anti-gay? And other questions about homosexuality, the Bible and same-sex attraction. Allberry is a Christian who struggles with same-sex attraction. Choosing to use the phrase same-sex attraction (SSA) to describe his sexual struggles, Allberry writes clearly, pastorally and biblically. Allberry chooses to use the term SSA, instead of gay or homosexual, so as to avoid defining himself by his sexual struggles.

Laying a Biblical Foundation of Sex

In the first two chapters Allberry discusses what the Bible has to say about sex and homosexuality. Beginning with Genesis 1 and 2 we see how sex is rooted in the goodness of God's original creation and is designed to reflect the oneness and unity of the trinity. Adam and Eve were alike as humans but different in genders by design.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Kicker on July 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Though this is not a long book at all (88 pages), it is extremely thorough and very well written. I have to admit that I have never heard of Sam Allberry until I read this book, but he made quite a good initial impression on me with this book dealing with homosexuality. The chapters are as follows:

1. Getting started: the Bible, marriage and sex
2. The Bible and homosexuality
- Surely a same-sex partnership is OK if it's committed and faithful?
- But Jesus never mentions homosexuality, so how can it be wrong?
3. Homosexuality and the Christian
- Aren't we just picking and choosing which Old Testament laws apply?
4. Homosexuality and the church
- Can't Christians just agree to differ on this?
5. Homosexuality and the world
Conclusion
- What should I do if a Christian comes out to me?

Sam is very upfront and honest at the beginning of the book by telling readers that he is a Pastor who not only has struggled with same-sex attraction (SSA), but someone who still struggles with it. I found this quote from Sam on the differences between someone who describes themselves as "gay" and someone who struggles with same-sex attraction to be very interesting and informing: "It sounds clunky to describe myself as 'someone who experiences same-sex attraction'. But describing myself like this is a way for me to recognize that the kind of sexual attractions I experience are not fundamental to my identity. They are part of what I fell but are not who I am in a fundamental sense. I am far more than my sexuality.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Warnock on July 17, 2013
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My friend Sam Allberry has bravely spoken about his own struggle with same sex attraction, what he believes the Bible says about that, and his decision to live a celibate lifetyle as part of his devotion to Jesus Christ. The idea of anybody being willing to lay down his life in this way seems strange to the modern mind. But Allberry believes it is no sacrifice to him to do so. Too few people are able to really listen to those we disagree with, so read this whatever your view on the most controversial issue that today faces the Church and broader society (and their relationship). You will not be disappointed and will understand Sam's viewpoint better, and become more compassionate towards homosexuals. A friend of mine reported that in his workplace he is the only one who has a traditional view of marriage and sexuality. He is also the only friend of the one openly homosexual there. In the world many homosexuals still face discrimination and even hate crimes. Imagine the impact if every homosexual felt the people that were most accepting and loving towards them were the Christians.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J.A. Arlington on August 16, 2013
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You can tell in reading this book that Sam Allberry has an enormous love for Christ. You can also tell he is an incredibly mature Christian. I think everyone should read this book and really embrace what he has to say. His comments on how singles should be treated in the church are especially spot-on. I too have noticed that singles in church are always looked at as people who need to find a companion and soon; when, in fact, it is perfectly biblical and even recommended (by Paul) to remain single so that you can fully devote yourself to Christ! Great read and most importantly, relevant.
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