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3.0 out of 5 stars A hard line, February 19, 2011
This review is from: Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality (Paperback)
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I had read Wesley Hill's article in Critique and was very impressed with his point of view, and his outreach to the church; I had been looking forward to his book.

Unfortunately I found "Washed and Waiting" to be harsh, and very young. While Andrew Marin's Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community opens the dialogue with my middle-aged gay friends in the church and in my work, I am afraid this book would just shut down any potential conversation. Maybe not. But as I get older, I am looking for more grace, more kindness, more ways to see God at work in the lives of my fellow Christians. This IS a book about God's grace and kindness and work in Wesley Hill's life, but it is a story that may not find a wide audience. Time, I think, will ripen and refine his message.
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Initial post: Sep 26, 2011 9:16:13 PM PDT
J. Fried says:
I am a Christian who is gay. I made a decision nearly 25 years ago to follow the path of celibacy. Over the last few years i have after much prayer and meditation come to the conclusion that i was wrong. I should have spent that time seeking someone to love and share my life, and of course, this would have included, but just as it should be for heterosexuals who have the privilege, and responsibility, of marriage, but not been dominated by sex but dominated by Christ. It was wrong because i failed to develop a part of myself that was meant to relate to another individual on a deep level. Also, living a celibate life within the church has the potential to misdirect young people along the same lie, so it wasn't an error simply for myself, but it was an error that compounded itself by potentially misdirecting others. Thank you for clarifying the nature of this book so i didn't have to spend money and financially support a distortion of love.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2012 11:34:29 AM PDT
I agree with you absolutely, J. Fried. Congratulations on your enlightenment. If people freely choose to be celibate - without any kind of pressure, psychological or otherwise - because that it what they genuinely prefer, then that's fine. But to tell gays that they are morally obliged to be celibate, whether they like it or not, is simply a form of religious abuse. Let's have no more of it.
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