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Gay Conversations with God: Straight Talk on Fanatics, Fags and the God Who Loves Us All Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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"This book is the record of an epic search by the soul, told as a journey of discovery into the darkness of doubt and damnation. Through his words, Langteaux shows the reader that it is our faith that maintains us on this journey of shocks, doubts, questions, revelations, joy, and light. And it is this very light that leads the reader into Christ's freeing truth and the profound depth of his love for all his creation." —Larry P., writer and activist
"James, after reading Gay Conversations with God, I went out today with a smile and so much joy! I knew that God loves me and that made all the difference . . . . In my closet where I was hiding from myself was guilt and shame and the belief that I was unlovable . . . your story is one of sacred tenderness and acceptance . . . at times, as I was reading, I knew I was in truth, listening to the voice of God . . . how real and honest the words are . . . you have such a poetic gift as a writer . . . simple and deep and embracing and real!" —Toni G., Poet
From the Author
I also had to figure out how I would survive after being banished from the Christian television world, once this book made it too print. If it ever did, make it to print. (An A.D.D. Moment: Working in Christian TV has always been God's little joke on me. When I was 18 I told him I would NEVER work in any Christian endeavor, especially not TV. Now, after spending most of my life doing just that, I'm telling God I will NEVER win the lottery.)
After my agent received about 30 rejections from all the major publishers, I was pretty much convinced that this little book would be safely tucked up on my shelf and I could continue traveling the planet interviewing people with amazing stories.
But it turned out that God had other plans and a bold little publisher on the Northern Coast of Scotland came from out of nowhere and decided to take a very big risk in a very bad economy to put these incendiary words into print. I remain forever grateful to Thierry and the folks at Findhorn Press. And I am trusting that if God can pull this kind of thing out of a hat, he can also figure out a way for me to continue to eat!
This book is not shocking for sheer shock sake. I knew I had to speak the language of those who have been beaten and bloodied beyond belief by God's so called right hand men. Drastic times call for drastic measures and this book pulls no punches. Imagine Billy Graham meets Dr. Seuss with just a dollop of porn and you pretty much have this book.
GCWG was originally titled: God Hates Fags - and other bedtime Bible stories. However, some people smarter and more influential convinced me to change the name. But thankfully, the power and lyrical cadence of the message remains the same. I still really love the old title. But if I can reach one more reader with a saner cover, it will have been worth it in the end. And knowing it was once a collection of bedtime bible stories will make the Dr. Seuss quality make a whole lot more sense.
Oh, one last note. This book is a little like insulin. If you are a diabetic, it will save you, if you aren't it will kill you. Take only as directed - Reader Beware!)
Top Customer Reviews
His delivery isn't politically correct, his subject matter is still taboo and his take-it-or-leave-it attitude is outrageous, but when dealing with a group of people who have been marginalized, cast aside and outright hated within the Christian communities from which they come, the pointed feels poignant and the tone feels loving.
This book comes from the heart of a man that has been there and a man that doesn't pretend that he has all the answers today. What he does have is an out-stretched hand to anyone who has loved God, loved someone of the same sex and tried with all their might to figure out how those two things go together.
Read this book if you're gay and grew up in the church. Read this book if you're gay and want to figure out if you can possibly love Jesus. Read this book if you're a Christian parent that's not afraid to try to understand your gay kid. There's a chance it just might change your life.
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.)
This didn't seen to be my thing as I happen to be an Agnostic with a Spiritual bent, but after reading Langteaux's book my epiphany was not so much about the book, even thought it took nearly a box of tissues to get me through it and a considerable number of belly laughs, it was really about the author.
I truly could not believe that someone in this screwed up beautiful world in which we gay people have provided the beauty and have had to navigate it to survive had actually done their homework and had written and published a book that contained so much of how I feel and have actually talked to some of my friends, family and many people in passing about God.
The only thing is, well I'm sure not the only thing, but Langteaux's hands-on-experience with the "lady with the purple hair" God how I laughed, I can't believe that was in your book!
Anyway... Gay Conversations with God has totally taken the concept to a whole new magnitude. The author's exceptional gift for writing with humor, presentation and clarification is the epiphany for me.
This book rates far more than 5 stars. It should be mandatory reading for the entire Straight community. It has the ability to bring all hate to a halt.
Larry Shattuck, New York City
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As an atheist I couldn't understand why anyone who identified as a member of the LGBT community, would believe in Christianity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has been a healing for me. For years I used to hate myself for being both gay and disabled (especially gay). I felt unworthy and dirty because of my sexuality. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mikey
An amazingly inspirational story of triumph over the struggle that life so often is. This book is a must read for anyone who has ever struggled with anything. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Serena Powell
AWESOME book about love, living with Jesus and caring about everyone. I love Twyla :)Published 17 months ago by Sam Richards
I had the privilege of getting to know this remarkable man when my teenage kids were working as actors in Hollywood. I had been so blessed by his first book "God. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Rick L. Jackson
Full disclosure...being a gay male and Christian....I could relate to much of what he relates. There is much food for thought,but being a therapist, I kept feeling that I was... Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. Anderson
I have not read this author's first two books (yet!) I was shocked at his candor, wondering if and when God was going to strike him down with lightning (or myself for reading his... Read morePublished 23 months ago by srh331
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!.. I am a straight corporate executive, fiscally conservative and a prolific reader. Read morePublished on August 17, 2014 by Pancho64
It made me laugh and cry, but the true beauty of this story was its seemingly total lack of BS. Langteaux was uncomfortably honest about some of his life experiences, and I found... Read morePublished on March 21, 2014 by Mbot