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The author of The Church and the Homosexual (Beacon Pr., 1988. 3d ed.), former Jesuit McNeill was expelled from his order for violating the Vatican's demand that he remain silent concerning homosexuality and that he cease his ministry among gay men and lesbians. This book, his first published statement since his expulsion, has a singular merit: no apology for homosexuality, it is addressed directly to lesbians and gay men, treating their spiritual and psychological concerns with much success. Of particular importance to seminary and other religious libraries, this book will also be useful in public libraries, since it is geared to the common believer who happens to be gay.James Michael MacLeod, Library of Congress
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McNeill draws on the insights of the gay and lesbian liberation movement, his counseling experience with lesbian and gay people, and a variety of faith traditions--Catholic, mainstream Protestant, Evangelical and other world religions--to produce a unique, comprehensive, life-giving ethic.
--Equal Time

"Taking a Chance on God offers insights into human relationships and human health from which all persons, whether homosexual or heterosexual, can learn."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press; Reprint edition (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807079456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807079454
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,147,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a gay ordained minister of the gospel, and this book helped me accept my homosexuality. It is suberbly written and researched. A must for anyone coming out, and a definite must for any minsiter workign with the gay community. God bless the author.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sunny Maudlin on June 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
I got this book for my birthday one year after finding it on the shelf at a bookstore. Being a part of the minority group of gay Christians, I was intrigued. The "target audience" for the book is for homosexuals and their loved ones, but it really could be read by anyone, and I think it should be. McNeill offers theology on living in fear, guilt, shame, anger, and living with pathological faith and the importance of maturing spiritually. I think any Christian can relate to any (if not all) of these topics, and not just struggling gay Christians. It's the kind of book that you may want to read with a pencil or pen in your hand so you can underline parts that are important to you. (That's what I did.) This is a caring, humble, and comforting book, and one that I highly recommend and cherish.
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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I am a gay ordained minister of the gospel, and this book helped me accept my homosexuality. It is suberbly written and researched. A must for anyone coming out, and a definite must for any minsiter workign with the gay community. God bless the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. (Harry) Hernandez VINE VOICE on January 29, 2015
Format: Paperback
TAKING A CHANCE ON GOD by John J. McNeill is a most fascinating book I read when it was new. My memory badly fails me and I don't have it in front of me. It seems to me I first read it in the 1980s, after I had left the Jesuits and had come out of the closet--and certainly after I had married my wife of 31 years. McNeill struck a million chords in me throughout this book, as he obviously has put together THE gay Christian spiritual self-help guide. While far too many of the dum-dum tribe have tried to spank McNeill for his theological work (I know he was the theologian who first argued that Jonathan and David were married) they have failed.

Face it: McNeill is a gay man, gay activist, theologian, ex-Jesuit (all like me), and former Catholic priest (unlike me, I never made it). This good man is a trained theologian and as for Christian views of love and acceptance, you ain't gonna win in an argument with McNeill. So fond did I become of this brave, ahead-of-his-time man that I still refer to him as Father McNeill. This book should be your concordance whether you are gay or not--though you may not care a fig about it if you're not Christian. I am no longer Christian yet I keep my original opinion that this book is one of the greatest Christian and theological books ever published. Get it and maybe you'll learn what "Jesus" really means.
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