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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736926100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736926102
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #738,034 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Alan Chambers is a husband, father, author of God's Grace & the Homosexual Next Door and Leaving Homosexuality and the president of Exodus International.

For more information please contact Alan at achambers@exodusinternational.org or visit www.exodusinternational.org

Customer Reviews

He has not gotten past gay desires; he has not gotten past gay attraction.
Aaron J. Race
It had to be difficult for both him and for his wife to let us so completely into his journey but I believe it will help people as it has helped me!
jen
In short, Chambers' latest book reminds us that Exodus' perspective is not very Biblical.
Michael R. Airhart

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30 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Airhart VINE VOICE on July 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
UPDATE, DECEMBER 2012:

In 2012, this book's author Alan Chambers admitted that virtually none of Exodus' client/patients had substantially reduced, much less eliminated, their same-sex desires. He instead called upon gay Christians to either remain celibate and unpartnered for life, or to marry the opposite gender in an admittedly non-sexual marriage.

Chambers also admitted that agreement with antigay ideology might not be required for Christian salvation -- an admission that caused several of Exodus' most judgmental and ideological leaders to form a reactionary splinter group called the Restored Hope Network. The RHN discarded Exodus' already-weak standards of accountability for counselors, who in the past had repeatedly been caught molesting clients.

RHN quietly supports international efforts to criminalize and execute gay people. It encourages parents and churches to abuse, misunderstand, and ultimately ostracize their gay children. And late this year, hardline RHN ex-gay leader Anne Paulk was exposed to be in a sham marriage; her husband, a disgraced ex-gay leader, was reported by his employees to be semi-openly gay and separated from Anne, despite her public claims to the contrary.

Given Chambers' retractions of the claims made in this book, it is surprising that this book remains available for sale.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:

Alan Chambers deserves applause for confirming some public concerns about his ex-gay organization.

Briefly:

--Chambers promotes freedom from sexuality and his choice to be "leaving" sexuality.

--Chambers authoritatively rejects the acknowledgment of one's likely lifelong same-gender attraction as "unholy.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By King James Bible Ministries International on October 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
"Leaving Homosexuality" is as oxymoronic as "Leaving Caucasian". After reading this book by *Alan Chambers, the last dictator of the suicide-inducing cult 'Exodus International', I can only describe it as psychological and spiritual terrorism. This organization has not only been condemned by former members, but also former directors, and even one of the co-founders. It is my prayer that destructive organizations like this will one day be illegal, and that it's directors will be held accountable for the shattered lives and the emotional, psychological and physical destruction they have left in their wake.

-Rev. Jim Cunningham
King James Bible Ministries International
GayChristianSurvivors (com)

*NOTE: Alan Chambers finally shut down Exodus International in 2013, issuing a statement which repudiated its aims and apologized for the harm their pursuit has caused to LGBT people.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ackack on July 22, 2014
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your gay friend might be offended, but there is some good doctrine for someone asking questions to begin with. I do not recommend buying this for someone that did not ask.
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73 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Aaron J. Race on July 26, 2009
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The book is very faulty and deceptive. The book states that Chambers is in denial--self-denial. He has not gotten past gay desires; he has not gotten past gay attraction. He has simply stated that he pushes the desire down because he believes it is wrong. His book unfortunately is going to be used for other people to do the same. When I went through ex-gay therapy, I was told the same. I had to pray, play sports (gay people love sports), train to be straight, sing hymns when I had gay thoughts, aversion therapy. Of course, because I turned against these methods, I was told I did not have enough faith. I was told that I just needed to marry, and I was even told to fool a woman into marriage since I could not possibly be attracted to her (I was even told to have sex outside of marriage with women to try to get attraction to women). The anti-female bias in the exgay world is amazing--the female does not marry. She is a recepticle. I had a friend who killed himself after 13 years of therapy leaving behind a wife and two daughters--Chamber's methods and ideas essentially led to this suicide. I left because I realized early on that you can't just leave your attractions at the door. They are still there even if the door is closed. The final thing about the book--ask yourself if it is normal to not have sex with a new wife for 6 months. Chambers has admitted that he and his wife could not have sex during that period, and he has told other people to not worry if they have a difficult time doing the same thing. Chambers is free to deny his feelings; however, his choice to suggest others should do the same is dangerous and wrong-headed.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ivo Howard on June 30, 2014
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very insightful, and I will be using it for a study guide to help people pursue their identity in Christ and break away from homosexuality and live out the will of God.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jen on May 16, 2013
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I really love reading Alan's journey and a lot of what he says resonates with the trials we all face as we seek to be more like Jesus. He is so incredibly candid in this book, and I really appreciate the details he was willing to share. It had to be difficult for both him and for his wife to let us so completely into his journey but I believe it will help people as it has helped me!
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54 of 96 people found the following review helpful By R. Farrell on July 26, 2009
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Most legitimate medical and psychological experts and organizations declare this type "therapy" as malarky and damaging to people. Alan Chambers is a fraud and he is spreading lies that hurt young gay people.

What is shameful is the fact that Amazon would even consider peddling this illegitimate, damaging babble.
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