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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: NuWine Press (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983501106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983501107
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,934,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trudie Barreras TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2011
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This book combines thumbnail autobiographies and thoughtful poetry that focus the intersection of spirituality and sexuality for a number of contemporary authors, mostly from the GLBT community. It is honest, open and -- as the title suggests -- in some aspects, Raw. Hopefully it will receive wide circulation, and will encourage others to share reflections in a similar vein. I am glad to have been able to be one of the contributors.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nuwinepress on June 23, 2011
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Raw faith and raw pain collide with harrowing and holy results. Whose voice hasn't been heard in the raging debate about Christianity and homosexuality? The voice of the gay Christian. Do yourself a favor and listen to it. It will reveal to you the secret to reconciling faith and sexual orientation. These voices cry out with vulnerability and gutsy glory. Surprisingly, straight allies are present as well. The anthology includes poets from as far away as Berlin and as close as Brooklyn, NY. You can read book excerpts here: nuwinepress.com/RAWINFO

Christian bookstores would not dare to carry this book. The purpose here is not to make Christianity look good, it's to make it look REAL for a change -- and sound real -- through the writings of people that the church may not even care for or respect, but it should. The resulting collection of poetry manages to teach us all - straight, gay, atheist and apathetic - a lesson about overcoming discrimination.

The foreword is written by two-time Grammy-nominee, multiple Dove-award winner, folk-rock artist and out "gay person of faith" Jennifer Knapp (You may recall the CNN interview with Larry King in which Knapp became one of the first and most well-known Christian music artists to come out) . People magazine called her an "uncommonly literate songwriter." Turns out she's an amazingly thoughtful text writer as well. RAW: A Poetic Journey - Finding a Way from Conflict to Revelation These poems will invade your heart and demand your respect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on October 18, 2011
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Centuries of abuse and torture leave deep wounds, a malformed culture, and a tradition of evil. Correcting the persecution of gay people that has been levied by the church is proving to be frustratingly difficult; however, it is an urgent and essential work if the church is to remain relevant. Bridging this chasm of misinformation and hatred will generally be reached by several methods.

A crucial fact is that the issue of the exclusion and abuse of people of diverse sexual orientation, identity, and expression by the church is not about words written on a page or shouted from a pulpit -- the issue is people. Flesh and blood, made-in-God's-image, people. Real people with real hurts and real stories.

Many of these stories are told here -- they must be read. They must be shared. They provide an honest and vital element in bridging the separation between fear and love.

The hatred, persecution, and exclusion must stop. Do your part by reading this important book and sharing it with someone you love.
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Can you imagine it? Not all Christians are the khaki pants and tie-wearing "Sunday-go-to-meeting types!" And those on the fringes - especially the LGBT-Christians and allies around the world whose work(s) are included in this book - are starting to get vocal about demanding their piece of property at the foot of the cross. This book is what it sounds like when the neglected get to finally have their say. There's nothing cute about it, it's all raw power and emotion, and somehow, it's eminently relatable. You've been where these poets are. Maybe not for the same reasons - but you've been there. The book quickly becomes like a devotional - you can go back and pull up the poem you need. But in the end the book itself is a testimony to the power of faith, and those who manage to hold on to it. A must read. Raw: A Poetic Journey :Finding a Way from Conflict to Revelation
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