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Just As I Am: A Practical Guide to Being Out, Proud, and Christian Paperback – June, 1993

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The first openly gay man to be ordained an Episcopal priest extends an inspirational invitation to Christian homosexuals to renew their religious ties. Williams's own story--which includes being squeezed out of the Episcopal clergy and contracting AIDS--serves as a take-off point for a dialogue with gays who seek spiritual sustenance but are estranged from organized religion by their sexuality. The author, who is Boston-based, grapples with the question of why God permits so many people to die of AIDS, presenting anecdotal evidence that faith has the power to delay or even prevent the disease's final reckoning. In a theological survey he labels "The Bible and Homosexuality 101," Williams (emulating the feminist biblical approach) looks for hidden positive references to homosexuality and reinterprets the biblical prohibition against men lying with each other. Campy asides like "what's a liturgy queen to do?" actually add to the impact of the book, which despite its casual tone presents a provocative gay challenge to standard theology.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A bold and spiritually sensitive handbook for gay men and lesbians who want to explore or re-explore the Christian faith.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Perennial (June 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060975555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060975555
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,578,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
While long familiar with the civic works of his lover, Kevin McKowen, I hadn't known about Rev. Robert Williams' book until a Christian friend recommended it to me. Inspiring to all, of any faith. Certainly a must-read. Indeed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Well writeen, personable story....answered a lot of my questions that I was feeling. Easy to read and understand. A must for christians were are striggling with their own homosexuality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 1997
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as a former minister & now queer & proud, this book answered many questions, a must read for anyone who is queer & Christian.
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