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Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith Paperback – October 20, 2014
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"For a firsthand look at this challenging but grace-filled path, as well as practical tips for helping same-sex attracted friends and family, read this book." --Brandon Vogt, Author of Saints and Social Justice
"This book was a real grace for me, as it will no doubt be for many others trying to live as disciples of Jesus." --Peter Steinfels, Codirector of the Center on Religion and Culture, Fordham University
"Eve Tushnet puts a human face on Church teaching." --Rev. Louis Cameli, Author of Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality
"Full of wry humor, practical advice, humility, and best of all, deliciously pungent word craft…. Part memoir, part guidebook, and honest to the core." -- --Simcha Fisher, Author of The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning
About the Author
Eve Tushnet lives in Washington, DC, where she was raised somewhere between atheism and Reform Judaism. She cofounded her high school's gay/straight alliance and entered the Catholic Church in 1998, during her sophomore year at Yale University. She is a freelance writer and a recovering alcoholic. In 2010, she was profiled in the New York Times "Beliefs" column.
Tushnet blogs regularly at The American Conservative and Patheos. Her work has been published by the Atlantic, Weekly Standard, Commonweal, and First Things, and she has written for the Washington Post "On Faith" blog and the New York Times "Room for Debate." She has spoken on being gay and Catholic at Carnegie-Mellon University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, Fordham, among others. She has also addressed a group of campus ministers in the Diocese of Pittsburgh and spoken with Interfaith Voices, a syndicated public radio show. Tushnet contributed an essay on gay Catholic life to the 2008 anthology Faith at the Edge, and has essays forthcoming in books from Fordham University Press and Notre Dame University Press.
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No matter one's beliefs about the topics Eve writes about, her tone and rhetorical posture provide a beautiful example of how to speak about contentious subjects with grace and nuance.
Though I'm a crumb-scrounging schismatic (read: Protestant :P), this has easily become my favorite book about faith and sexuality, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
I just read Gay and Catholic by Eve Tushnet, who is (let’s see if I can say it all in one breath) openly lesbian, out-of-the-closet celibate, and gracefully Catholic. I’m interested in the lesbian and celibate and Catholic part, but the word I like best here is “gracefully.”
Seems to me the first thing is to "Seek the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness," and --- holding the puzzle board on the level --- the jigsaw pieces will fit in right, Like every man-jack (and woman-jigsaw) of us, we have to get that first thing first. Once we are committed to be disciples, the door open, the light dawns, we see what we're supposed to be doing. Doing that, and joyfully, is pure grace.
What I like about Eve Tushnet is that she doesn't tell you how to feel, or burden you overmuch with a double-decker omnibus Super Sized Scoop of Natural Law --- though I think both "feelings" and "Natural Law" are important enough --- but first-things-first --- she lets you see what grace can look like for a woman which has pushed all her chips to the middle of the table for the sake of Our Good Lord.
It's a gamble, all right. But what she's managed to win is a joyful, sociable, open, honest and serviceable celibacy within a sensibility which is lesbian and spunkily chaste.
Every one of us could benefit from doing what she's done: betting everything that if you do the "one thing needful" -- be faithful to the Lord --- everything else will, with patience, settle into place. And she's honest. Friends, that's water in the desert.
Finally, a book I could both recommend to my parish and hand out at a Womyn's Community Fest.
I am lucky that I had a lot of people in my family and friends who are compassionate and have been praying for me. When I picked up this book, I found it difficult to put it down. This was probably one of the first times I was able to listen to someone who had many of the same questions I had, was going through a lot of the same struggles that I was, but found a path and was able to live according to the fullness of Church teachings without trying to lie to herself or reject aspects of her own being. While she doesn't prescribe specific answers to all of my questions, she doesn't intend to. Instead, I think she did something even better than that: she explains, in detail, her journey and how she was able to find a way to both love and feel fulfilled in her life and her faith, not despite her homosexuality, but through it. This kind of example and support is something that I think gay Catholics (and Christians, in general) is something that is very much needed. As I read the book and finished it, I felt a renewed sense of peace and determination. Where before I had gone through many cycles of anxiety and struggled with whether I could even reconcile my faith and who I was, here, I found someone who came out the other side with both her faith and her self intact, and I knew that I could do so as well.
I find myself recommending this book to others quite a bit. It helped me in so many ways, and I hope that it can help others in the same way. It's an easy read, not too wordy or overly theological. It's both interesting and insightful. She's very open in her writing about what she's gone through and doesn't try to force any particular views upon the reader. She just describes her experience and journey, but in a way that ropes you in. I found myself finishing the book very quickly.
I don't think that you even need to be a Catholic to find this book useful. Her struggles as a Catholic, and her life journey, can provide insight and help for any Christian who is trying to figure out how to serve God as a homosexual.
I want to give a wholehearted thank you to Eve Tushnet for giving us this book and offering her own life experiences to help others going through the same struggles!