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Andrew Marin is the author of Love Is an OrientationOur Last Option, and Us Versus Us, and is an internationally recognized voice on bridging opposing social, political, and religious worldviews. He has spoken on issues of faith, sexuality, and reconciliation to the US Congress, the United Nations, the Australian Parliament, and at universities, conferences, and churches throughout the world. Andrew is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (themarinfoundation.org) and is currently completing his PhD in Divinity from the University of St. Andrews, researching and teaching on social reconciliation between victims and their perpetrators. Andrew resides with his wife in St. Andrews, Scotland.
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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Pck Pap/Dv edition (December 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031068451X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310684510
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,015,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The short review? It's a must buy. Well put together, thought provoking, amazing DVD that lives up to the book it is based on and the topic of elevating the conversation with the LGBT community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender)

It's actually three resources in one, which I don't think I totally realized until I finished watching the whole thing. The first four sessions are a great exploration of what it means to make love the priority, how to build bridges - and why it's so Christlike to build bridges. And finally, in the fourth session after laying the critical foundation of love and priorities, Marin gets into the tough questions. He does it eloquently, with passion, and in a way that is both provoking and challenging - especially to those who have grown up in churches that have not been loving to the LGBT community.

The fifth and sixth sessions are not ones we'll use with our small groups - not because there is anything wrong with them, but because they are the second and third resources I was referring to above. Session five is an amazing training session for youth workers and parents on how to respond to adolescents who are coming out, or are questioning their sexuality. I loved that he brought in a couple other experts to weigh in and help give some guidance in an area that is become an increasingly real scenario for many families and churches. And session six is a guide to creating your own `Living in the tension' group like what the Marin Foundation does in Chicago.

I think one of the significant things Marin has done in this resource is include the stories of six individuals representing different places in the LGBT community.
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No matter what perspective your church takes on the topic of homosexuality, it's likely that there is some room for growth. Andrew Marin credibly offers some valuable content on the subject via this DVD and study guide, and viewers will in turn recognize a biblical methodology beyond the cliché "Love the sinner, hate the sin." The other side of the issue is likewise refreshing, offering more than a trite mandate that "God made me this way, so affirm it."

The workbook and videos seamlessly create a personal study or conversation that utilizes six sessions of humanizing content and testimony. Although Marin enters into several topics of controversy, he never blinks at the value of showing people Jesus throughout the journey. It feels as if his target audience for the presentation is an adult Christian, however students could get a lot out of the sessions.

Content of this caliber can practically address current concerns in your youth group or help anticipate emerging questions down the road. Whether your congregation is more liberal or conservative, there is likely something new these materials will uncover to build a better bridge between God and the LGBT community. My suggestion would be to process it in a community of adult leaders to gain a common language with each other before introducing it to students.
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Having read Andrew Marin's book of the same name, I was very eager to see this new DVD the Marin foundation has put together. It is absolutely fantastic!! So much helpful information, some really moving personal stories, and a great sense of hope leave you feeling like people really do make this world a better place. I'd strongly recommend this to all Christians, this is such important information for us all to have. Thank you Andrew for allowing God to use you in this powerful way!
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This book needs to be read by all people who call themselves Christian. We called to love as Jesus loves us and let the HS do her work.
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great resource wherever you land on the spectrum
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