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The Cross in the Closet Paperback – October 11, 2012
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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 age. But it wasn't long before Timothy's path and the outside world converged when a friend came out as a lesbian, and revealed she had been excommunicated by her family. Distraught and overcome with questions and doubts about his religious upbringing, Timothy decided the only way to empathize and understand her pain was to walk in the shoes of very people he had been taught to shun. He decided to come out as a gay man to everyone in his life, and to see for himself how the label of gay would impact his life. In the tradition of Black Like Me, The Cross in the Closet is a story about people, a story about faith, and about one man's "abominable" quest to find Jesus in the margins.
About the Author
Timothy Kurek, a Portland, Oregon based author and speaker is tackling some of the front burner issues of our day. His unrestrained style of immersion lends a uniquely empathetic perspective, engaging his audiences with empathy, humor, and refreshing candor.
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I appreciated that the author took us through his tale completely--all moments included, whether comfortable or not. Admitting being to embarrassing encounters, being uncomfortable at things you feel you shouldn't be, and revealing the thoughts of the little devil on your shoulder is an incredibly hard, and brave, thing to do. It made the story even more powerful.
The one thing I didn't like was that at times the story felt a little preachy. The author so often reviews his internal thought process that sometimes it just felt like he was stating the obvious or pounding a point home again and again. He also took the "devil on my shoulder" concept to a very literal place, actually writing as if he were physically encountering his other, anti-LGBT self in person, which I found a little odd. The quality of writing wasn't the best I've ever seen, but for stories like this I honestly care far less about that sort of thing, since it's the actual story that's important.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with religion vs. LGBT issues, or anyone who has a hard time understanding exactly why some people believe so strongly that being gay is wrong. If you can get past the bits of preachiness, it's very much a story worth reading.
I also think everyone in the Christian communities should read The Cross in Closet. Experience from a first hand account how Christians in the country mistreat their LGBTQ sisters and brothers.