This is the account of a deeply religious man's coming to terms with his gayness and the impact that process had on his life. A former ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Billy Graham, and other religious-right personalities, White offers a compelling story; gay readers raised in a fundamentalist Christian environment will find themselves saying, "That happened to me." Yet the book's subtitle is somewhat misleading. This is not really so much about being gay and Christian in America as it is the story of one individual's struggles. To describe what it means to be gay and Christian is truly a difficult task; perhaps there is no one concrete definition. Recommended for public, academic, and theological libraries and gay/lesbian resource centers.
Lee Arnold, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
There are plenty of clergymen's coming-out stories (most by Anglican priests) and plenty of gay replies to Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and other antigay Christian evangelists, but on both counts, this is the one everybody's been waiting for. Raised in the same mold as those religious-right leaders, White was their colleague and collaborator. He ghostwrote two books for Falwell (including Mr. Moral Majority's "autobiography"), one for Robertson, and speeches for nonclerical gay-baiter Ollie North and the less problematic Billy Graham. Before the ghosting, White pursued a hectically successful career as an evangelical filmmaker, conference and retreat organizer, and occasional preacher. All the while, he, a married man with two children, struggled with homosexuality, which he says he felt from his earliest awareness of sexual consciousness. He lasted 25 years as a committed family man before he and long-suffering wife Lyla agreed he had to come out completely and divorced. Although decidedly egotistical (we especially wish White would say more about his heroic wife), this autobiography is moving, inspirational, and not a little spectacular--which makes it all the more readable. Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
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This book is a biography (and call to action) of Mel White, a man who grew up in evangelical Christian circles rising to some of its highest connections and hid his homosexuality... Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Peter Humphrys
This book gives this man's account of his experiences with what was the grass roots of 'The Christian Coalition" first hand (by his experience at least) as a ghost writer for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stephen John Sponsler
good thoughtful read. recommended it for everyone. You may not agree with everything but written in a spirit of honesty and kindness which I appreciated the most.Published 6 months ago by joyjoy
doesn't touch on theology that supports same sex relationships but addresses it just emotionally that it feels bad to have people not accept you... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mel White's story of marrying his soul mate, having children, working in the religious right and then realizing his true nature as a gay man is an incredibly moving memoir of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by James D. Held