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"This moving account of Alan's personal journey out of homosexuality offers solid answers and real hope to men and women struggling with same-sex attraction. This book is a must-read for those searching for an honest, biblically based account of how freedom from homosexuality can occur in the body of Christ!"
―Bill Maier, psychologist in residence, Focus on the Family


"As one who has gone through the struggle of ‘leaving homosexuality' personally, all I can say is ‘where was this book 27 years ago?!' What a wonderful resource for those who find themselves in the midst of that struggle! Written with great compassion, this book exudes the convicting truth of Christ and clearly conveys realistic expectations facing those who struggle. Leaving Homosexuality is a beacon of hope bathed in the love of Jesus Christ!"
―Dennis Jernigan, author, song writer, recording artist


"Alan supports the truth that ‘Yes, you can!' Change is possible. Leaving homosexuality is possible. If anyone can speak honestly and lovingly and hopefully, it is Alan Chambers."
―Dr. Nancy Heche Schoeberl


"As a psychiatrist, I have lovingly counseled hundreds of homosexual clients over the past 34 years for a wide variety of conditions. Some wanted to only work on their depression and didn't want to even discuss their sexual orientation. Others were more concerned with their attractions and how to handle them. Was change possible, they wondered. I was able to assure them that, yes, change is not only possible but predictable with the right kinds of therapy to repair issues from their past. That is why I am very pleased with Alan Chamber's new book, Leaving Homosexuality. Why shouldn't a homosexual who chooses to change be free to do so? And now, for those who do choose to pursue change, Leaving Homosexuality gives the stepping-stones necessary. I highly recommend it."
―Paul Meier MD, author and founder of Meier Clinics


"In a world of sexual confusion this book is a compass that points the way to freedom with compassion and clarity. I applaud Alan for having the courage and transparency to write it. I truly believe it is a book for our time and for every person dealing with homosexuality."
―Jimmy Evans, president and founder, MarriageToday Ministries


"The true Church has been consistent with their stand against homosexuality but less faithful in providing an adequate answer for those who struggle with same-sex attractions. Leaving Homosexuality makes a major contribution in correcting this deficiency and offers hope to those who long for a righteous relationship with their heavenly Father."
Dr. Neil T. Anderson, founder and president emeritus, Freedom in Christ Ministries, author of The Bondage Breaker®


"Alan is brutally honest and transparent about his former life style and the struggle of becoming the person God intended him to be. His many years of faithful, effective ministry have proven God's transforming power is sufficient and lasting. This book gives hope to the homosexual, their family, and friends."
―Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent, The General Council of the Assemblies of God

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736926100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736926102
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #893,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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31 of 49 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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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike McG on November 28, 2014
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That people like this author even exist is an affront to the same God he pretends to believe in. If you enjoy this book, please also read "Leaving Nationality" where Mr. Chambers explains how to transform yourself from a short white male into a tall Asian female, or his other gem "Leaving Bipedality" where he clearly explains how you too can grow additional legs solely through God's good will. Or not.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Pistol O'Cannon on October 22, 2013
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"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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75 of 125 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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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By João Santos on May 12, 2015
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Homosexuality is not a choice and therefore there is no wait to "leave it". This book is harmful and hateful and Amazon shouldn't allow it here.
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1 of 4 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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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By johnny on February 3, 2013
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Wow what a wonderful book! best book on homosexuality out there! Definitly recommend it! Allen Chambers is great at explaining what he thinks.
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