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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (October 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802412149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802412140
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jesus Christ summarized the Torah and prophets by commanding us to love God with all our hearts, minds, and soul and to love our neighbor as ourselves. So, at first sight for a Christian there cannot be discussion on whether or not to love our neighbor. That neighbor may have very different opinions, convictions, lifestyle or attitude. In Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor: Being Friends in Grace and Truth, Glenn T. Stanton (Focus on the Family) takes a deep dive in questions regarding the relationships between straight Christians and their LGBT fellow believers or unbelievers.
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.
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Bling! Another message came in from a guy I was chatting with. I had an odd feeling I knew what was coming next but I was not prepared in the least for the words that came across my screen. "I lost my virginity." Being his friend and understanding his faith, that took my breath away. What came next hit me like a T.K.O. "It was with another man." The clicking of my computer all but stopped and there I sat, stunned and silent. How do I love him now that I know? Can I love him and still love God?

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.
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For a church that's done far more "hating the sin" than "loving the sinner," and in reaction compromising on the issue altogether, this book offers wise counsel. I'm a fan of Glenn's work already, but recently watched as a roomful of LGBT activists responded to Glenn's message. Though they disagreed with Glenn's clear moral stance on the issue, they were moved by his comments and grateful. Glenn knows that first and foremost, we are all made in the image of God. From that as the starting point, he has written a great book.
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Not everyone will agree with the conclusions of the author, but I think that adds to the point. Disagreement is at the heart of all relationships and interactions, its what you do with them. I read a review of someone who hadn't read the book and I feel this person would have said something else after I have read it. I think this is an excellent and necessary bridge for all, but mostly those in the church who struggle with what they believe and how they act that out. Many churches are looking for direction right now and I believe this book gives the best guidance and properly uses all scripture to do so.
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With the deluge of homosexuals “coming out” combined with the ferocious publicity and offence from the LGBT community, I’m sure most readers would at least know or are acquaintances with at least one or a few of them. The pressing question most faithful Christians wants answered is how do we love these neighbours of ours? We neither want to dilute God’s clear truths written in the bible about this topic, nor do we want to be seemed as unloving, bigoted or intolerance as the social media portrays us to be. So what can we do?

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.
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