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Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth Paperback – October 1, 2014
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"What an incredibly timely topic. It is nice to see a book that helps Christians approach members of the LGBT community with sensitivity and caring without compromising their morals and beliefs."
Reviewed by Martha Dodge, Sept 28, 2014
"A timely book that helps the modern day Christian walk through the correct and biblical stance and approach to those in our lives and neighborhood from the LGBT community. A much needed book as many walk this minefield in a state of confusion. What does the bible say on this subject? So many questions that many have can be answered by this well written book."
Reviewed by Maxine, Oct 2, 2014
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Does it seem like we’re just fumbling through the LGBT conversation—trying our best, but failing?
It doesn’t have to be this way.
As director for Global Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family, Glenn Stanton often debates with LGBT advocates across the country. "I get to hang out and become friends with those who live on the other side of the same-sex marriage issue from me," he says. "We disagree on certain convictions, but we still admire and esteem one another . . . . Since when was it decided that people who see the world in polar opposite ways can’t be friends?"
With this posture, Stanton offers insight on such questions as:
- What if you’re invited to a same-sex wedding?
- What did Jesus say—and not say—about homosexuality?
- Is anyone getting this right?
Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor is a wise, compassionate, practical, and thoroughly biblical guide for followers of Christ seeking to navigate some of the most challenging issues of our time in grace and truth.
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Strong positions on homosexuality and conclusions based on first impressions and undereducation on the topic do harm people at both sides of the spectrum. Though Stanton seems to start his quest with deliberate toe stepping positioning himself as strong defender of straight marriage, marital sex as only option and no discussion about the biblical verses on homosexuality, it’s worthwhile reading on. Stanton addresses lots of questions. He explains the current scientific knowledge on nature / nurture, and whether we’re talking of an attraction, orientation and/or identity. You can’t generalize, speak of ‘the’ LGBT community or ‘that LGBT person’. Some boast, others struggle. Some are confident, others figuring out. And we are all looking for love and acceptance, like we are all sinners in need of grace.
And that’s where lines become blurry and many answers will not be black or white, yes or no, but depending of a broader context. The author uses many examples from his own friendships. He offers advice to parents, church and ministry leaders and general public.Read more ›
I knew in my heart things would be different now that he was out. I did what any dumb high school boy would do, I shunned him. I cut off communication out of anger and confusion. I wish I had a volume like Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth back then. Reading through this book I came across so much truth that I could have applied to our friendship then and spared some heart ache along the way. Though we are still good friends now and speak occasionally, I could have really used the practical advice Glenn Stanton brings in this hard-hitting volume on grace and truth.
Stanton begins by laying out a working definition we can use in going forward with understating who falls into the LGBT categories. Indeed the acronym here can include many more letters and is a multi-faceted application. "We can't talk thoughtfully and productively about what we don't understand." (34) It is from this seeking after understanding that Glenn begins to build a bridge between the Christian and those in the LGBT community. He teaches us how to love in a winsome, and hysterical way, those who hold a different worldview or lifestyle contrary to what the Word of God says.Read more ›
The first thing we could do, would be to buy and read this book. I must say when I first saw this book, I greeted it with much skepticism as I found it hard for myself to hold on to God’s teaching and be very loving to the LGBT community, but as I read, I found that this book would really help us christians on this topic.
Within this book, Glenn Stanton, the director for Family Formation of Focus on the Family gives christians a well grounded teaching on what marriage is, how for us chrisitans to love our LGBT family, friends, church mates or colleagues.
First, Stanton very helpfully explained the term LGBT, along with the various connotations that goes along with it, such as queer, questioning, intersex, and ally, to help readers be aware of what these terms mean (or do not mean), and also the nuances between some of them.
Then Stanton moves to an elaborate definition of marriage which forms the backbone of the whole argument of what we as christians can or cannot do.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The rise of the LGBT (and its endless other abbreviations) has forced Christians to ask questions they had not considered possible for hundreds of years. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kyle E. Mcdanell
Glenn Stanton is on staff with Focus on the Family and as part of his ministry conducts lectures and debates on gender and sexuality. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Gary E. Gilley
Great practical advice, especially for believers who do not have much experience or are struggling to engage LGBT brothers/sisters. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Melvin Goh
In Glenn T. Stanton's "Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor" I was glad to finally find a book with some solid questions and answers for Christians facing moral dilemmas. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not very interesting to me. Hard to get into the authors way of thinking.Published 9 months ago by Marley
Did not include advice about dealing with children being exposed to LGBT neighbors.Published 10 months ago by Sand
It affirms my thoughts while clarifying approaches to different situations one face. As Edith Stein says, there is no truth without love and no love without truth.Published 13 months ago by Brent Clifton
4 not 5 because towards the end it felt like the author was just filling in the space. I stand on orthodox doctrine with Stanton but one does feel a little conflicted at times... Read morePublished 15 months ago by W. Leloo