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The Cross in the Closet Paperback – October 11, 2012
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But then I read the book. And I discovered that Timothy Kurek was not conducting a social experiment, but was on a quest, a deeply personal quest to identify with a community of people he once abhorred and condemned. Perhaps in some ways it was also a quest of penance to redeem himself from his past homophobia. The stories he tells certainly thread together into a tapestry of renewed thinking and changed perspective.
Even though I had my qualms about Tim concealing who he really was even to family and friends in his quest of discovering "the other," his storytelling reveals that he was experiencing what many gay citizens around us already know : that concealing who you are is detrimental to your soul. It was a brilliant reversal of a straight man putting his straightness in the closet and acting gay in order to be associated and accepted among the gay community in Nashville. It is well established that many gay men and women act straight for the same reason.
The book is a quick read. Tim is a great storyteller. It's a memoir, not a definitive authority on gay culture or theology which he is quick to point out. Written with candor, grit and stripped of the all-too-familiar sanitized tone of most Christian books, The Cross in the Closet is a refreshing book.
This book could be especially helpful for those who care to see the human drama under all the debates about whether or not being gay is a sin. Tim brings the reader into his quest as he discovers not just the cross in the closet, but also humanity.
Tim's words put it best, of course:
"I wonder what would happen if--instead of preaching from soap-boxes and shouting through megaphones, or spending millions on political campaigns meant to hinder the rights of the gay and lesbian community--what would happen if we ... shut our mouths and simply served the people in our neighborhoods and cities, without an agenda? Would the message of Jesus survive? ... I think so.
"For the first time in a long time, I feel whole. Not because my eyes have been opened to a 'new way of life,' because there is nothing new about this. Love is the original way."
10 years ago = Me as a homophic person who hates gay people or anyone not like me!
5 years ago = Me realizing I have some friends who are gay. Still homophobic and trying to come to terms.
3+ years ago = Me meeting Mr. Kurek through a very random aquaintace (total God thing) a couple months before the end of his "experiement".
2 years ago = Learning some of the components from Tim that you will read in this book. As a result, I realized that after 30+ years of claiming to love Jesus, I hadn't "loved my neighbor as myself" all because of the title "Gay".
Today = Don't have all the answers but I know this. No longer homophobic but, approach all people with the love of Christ!
Thankful Tim wrote this book. I guarantee this book with stretch you no matter where you are in your walk with life on this ball we all share called Earth!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautiful story about one very courageous soul who was willing to deeply listen to another's perspective by walking in their shoes. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Janet S Collins
Timothy Kurek, raised within the confines of a strict, conservative Christian denomination in the Bible-belt, Nashville, Tennessee, was taught the gospel of separation from a young... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lindsay Wincherauk
This book moved me like few have. My hope is that anyone with even a fraction of a heart will learn what love is really about. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Kline
I am a librarian and sometimes I have quite a pile of books sitting waiting to read that have been recommended to me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
A must read about a religious bigot's journey to being a friend and advocate for the LGB communityPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Such a great read! It really makes you think! For anyone struggling with accepting a family member or friend who is gay, I definitely recommend reading this!Published 7 months ago by Jaylynn Stewart
What a crazy idea! And he stuck with it an entire year! I loved reading Timothy Kurek's adventures, and misadventures. Read morePublished 7 months ago by E
Interesting journey of a man searching for answers about how people live on the other side of the fence.Published 8 months ago by Cara