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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; 1 edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736916911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736916912
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of the great movements in our time is that of the ex-homosexuals and ex-lesbians. These are broken people who have admitted their brokenness and found true happiness--not the so-called ‘gay' lifestyle--but by living for Jesus Christ. One such man is Alan Chambers, currently president of the largest umbrella organization of ex-homosexuals, Exodus International. Alan Chambers' book provides believers with Christian and loving (but uncompromising) answers to this controversial issue."
--D. James Kennedy, Ph.D., senior minister, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church


"I can't think of anyone more knowledgeable to lead someone out of sexual bondage than Alan Chambers. He is a man of integrity and compassion. His heart, life, and words are full of wisdom. He has personally touched my life with his kindness and love for God. It is friends like Alan I want everyone to get to know. In order to introduce you to this godsend to our nation, I highly recommend God's Grace and the Homosexual Next Door."
--Dennis Jernigan, composer, author, former homosexual


"If you're a believer who's touched by this issue--and these days, who isn't?-- then you'll be as excited as I am about this book. It doesn't come a moment too soon."
--Joe Dallas, author of Desires in Conflict and The Game Plan


"This is a wonderful book--unapologetic truth wrapped with tenderness and compassion. I'm grateful to Alan Chambers and his associates for providing the biblical and practical insight and help the church needs. I'm thankful for this book and enthusiastically recommend it to you."
--Dr. Robert Wolgemuth, author of She Calls Me Daddy


"I am so grateful this book is finally available. With wisdom, knowledge, and grace, Alan offers those who struggle with their sexuality and those who love them a place to stand. It is with other broken people, welcomed into the life changing love of God. For those who long to understand the heart of God to the homosexual community and how to share that love, this book is a gift."
--Sheila Walsh, Women of Faith keynote speaker


"It's an excellent resource book, whether you're a Christian concerned about your homosexual friends and family members, or if you're involved in a church that's willing to minister. Christ died for everyone. We sin when, through hatred or fear we refuse to minister to the lost just because they make us uncomfortable. Alan Chamber's God's Grace and the Homosexual Next Door is an important resource for anyone interested in taking the gospel to the homosexual community, and one I strongly recommend."
--Barbara Warren, author


"Thank you for being so open and real with your readers and for showing the church how to have the same compassion toward others as Christ has toward each of us."
--Shannon Ethridge, MA

About the Author

Alan Chambers has been a popular speaker and writer on the topic of homosexuality for nearly 20 years. He has been interviewed by Time, ABC's 20/20, and CNN's Anderson Cooper. Alan and his wife, Leslie, make their home in Orlando, Florida, and are the parents of a son and daughter.

Customer Reviews

God be with us all as we are determine to walk in the love of Jesus.
JoAngle
In January 2012 Chambers told the Gay Christian Network that 99.9% of homosexuals had not changed to heterosexual.
writerJerome
This book is an easy read - easy to understand - yet packed full of information!
E. Lounsbury

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55 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on December 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Alan Chambers is the president of Exodus Internatinal, an organization that helps men and women leave the homosexual lifestyle, through a saving faith in Jesus Christ. Once a gay man himself, he is now a Christian, married, with a son and a daughter.

He makes no effort to justify the lifestyle or deny what the Bible says about it. He does, however, explode several popular secular myths about homosexuality. He also points out a shameful situation that exists in our churches. We send missionaries overseas, but fail to address the mission field in our own community. All too often the gay men and women who do attend church feel unwelcome, and too many times they are met with hostility and protestors. This book is geared toward churches that are willing to minister to homosexuals, and is an important resource for anyone interested in taking the gospel to the homosexual community. Alan Chambers will probably take some heat from both sides over this book, because it's about a very controversial subject. I will admit I approached it with some reservations and preconcieved opinions, most of which I learned in church. I'm glad I read it and I strongly recommend it to anyone who is interested in ministry in this sadly neglected field.
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38 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Christian Book Previews on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
Every Christian should buy this book. Alan Chambers and the leadership team at Exodus International have created a resource for the Church that is absolutely astounding and invaluable. The book opens with words of hope, power, and truth from Paul the Apostle:

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 - ESV)

Over the years, I have known individuals who have struggled with homosexuality in the church and out of the church, some openly and others in private. I have known homosexuals in the workplace who have embraced this lifestyle and have no interest in Jesus Christ. These situations can be difficult at times to communicate the grace and uncompromising truth of Jesus Christ. How I wished I had this resource for those circumstances!

This groundbreaking book articulates better than any other evangelism book in the marketplace what it takes to effectively reach out to this community. Compassion, mercy, and the convicting truth of Christ flow from the pages of this book so that the Christian is forced to re-examine why and how they are evangelizing, how they befriend other sinners, and whether there is hypocrisy and insincerity in their approach. There are stories that will encourage and break your heart as you read about real personal battles over sin and the souls of men and women for the Gospel of Christ.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NoWireHangers on March 25, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
First the good things about the book: 1. The authors admit that gays have good reason to distrust Christians because they've often been treated badly by the church. 2. It doesn't (for the most part) demonize homosexuals and portray them as more inherently evil than other people.

So, what are the bad things about the book?

Everything else. The book was written by the religious charlatans at the now defunct Exodus International, led by Alan Chambers (the coauthors being Randy Thomas, Mike Goeke, Scott Davis and Melissa Fryrear). Exodus was in the business of curing homosexuals (Scott Davis claims in the book "hundreds of thousands" have left homosexuality thanks to Exodus, p. 165). This quackery doesn't work and the only real "ex-gays" they managed to produce were those who commited suicide in despair after being exposed to Exodus's hateful, unscientific teachings based only on bronze age mythology. The authors show no interest in the well being of "the homosexual next door", only in recruiting him or her into the Church (and Exodus and Focus on the Family).

As of this writing, it's been almost two years ago since Exodus closed down and Alan Chambers admitted conversion therapy doesn't work. Chambers and co-author Randy Thomas have issued apologies and Thomas has come out as gay again on his blog. Towards the end of the book is the testimony of several "ex-gays", at least one of whom (Yvette Schneider, google her) has since denounced the ex-gay movement. So, the big question is: Why is this book is still in print?

Exodus has closed down but there are other "ex-gay" groups continuing their work, and their wide support from the Christian church make them far more destructive than fringe groups like the Westboro Baptist Church. The good news for Christians struggling to reconcile their homosexuality with their faith is that you CAN be set free from Christianity!
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By Bobbie J. on September 20, 2014
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Half way though the book and I feel it offers good information on understanding homosexuals and gives good advice how to reach out to them in love and not in a judgmental way. There is a lot of misinformation out there and I found this book very helpful. I am glad I purchased it.
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More About the Author

Alan served as the final president of Exodus International from 2001 to 2013 when together with a core team of leaders and board of directors he closed the organization and began making great strides towards building relationships with the LGBTQIA community and encouraging the global Church to do the same. With a goal to reduce fear, establish trust, and inspire hope on both sides for the sake of the Gospel, Alan and his wife, Leslie, spend their time being available to anyone who desires to talk. He has been featured on every major media outlet across the globe. Alan and Leslie's first book together, My Exodus: Leaving the Slavery of Religion, Loving the Image of God in Everyone (Zondervan, 2015) is due out next summer. They also write sporadically at www.AlanChambers.org

The Chambers spend the best part of their lives with their 9 year olds, Molly and Isaac, and the rest having conversations about all things gay with anyone and everyone over lunch in Winter Park, Florida.

Follow Alan on www.Twitter.com/AlanMChambers and www.instagram.com/alanmchambers and www.facebook.com/alanmanningchambers

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