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This review is from: Gay Conversations with God: Straight Talk on Fanatics, Fags and the God Who Loves Us All (Hardcover)
I don't think I have ever read a book on Christian spirituality, much less lgbtq related spirituality, that has given me the sensation that I am mainlining grace.
I read this book in two sittings. The first was at Powell's in Portland, OR, where people repeatedly watched me tearing up as I read. And the second was in my room where my cat suffered through the repeated spectacle of my blubbering.
There are parts of this book that will make the average reader cringe with discomfort, but I would like to tell them "welcome to the other side." The beauty of this book is in the discomfort. It is the discomfort of hearing a man's raw and uncensored story of faith, spirituality and sexuality, but much more uncomfortable it is the story of how much of what we have been taught about God is actually untrue. It seems that mainstream religion really doesn't want us to understand how accessible God really is, but James Langteaux, with his beautiful prose and A.D.D. moments, brings God's accessibility to the forefront.
Forgiveness is uncomfortable. Mercy is uncomfortable. Love is uncomfortable. But thanks to James, these things have become so much more real to me. I hope you buy this book and hope you read it through in one or two sittings. I hope you feel as though you are mainlining grace and I hope you feel a renewal of yourself and your faith on each and every page.
(I also highly suggest God.com and God.net for those who haven't read James's writing before.)