Love Is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community Kindle Edition

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"I have to say I totally recommend this book. The church has not loved the GLBT community well and Andrew is helping to change that. Love Is an Orientation is a great book to read if you're interested in how bridges can be built between these two communities. It's well written and a pretty quick read. It is very informational and applicable but also stretching." (Imago Andei (andrewmeans.typepad.com), April 21, 2009)

"In summary, this ultra-conservative, self-proclaimed 'homophobe' felt God draw him into conversation and ministry with Chicago's gay and lesbian community. He's been at it for about six years now, and with great success. His book is a guide for those of us who want to learn from his experience how best to engage the gay community." (Brandon O'Brien, Off the Agenda (blog.buildingchurchleaders.com), March 27, 2009)

"Marin forced me to think outside my usual categories in ways that made me uncomfortable at times. But his bottom line offers a whole lot more hope than anything else on the subject I've read recently." (Cynthia Bezek, Discipleship Journal, May/June 2009)

"I'm hoping to write a book in the next few months. I have something I want to say and I think it's important. But I want you to hear what I am about to say: If you had two books to choose from, whatever I will write and what Andrew Marin has written in Love Is an Orientation, I would want you to buy Andrew's book. What Andrew Marin has written in this book isn't just interesting. It is absolutely vital that evangelicals hear what Marin is saying about the state of things between Gays and Evangelicals. Love Is an Orientation is a must buy. In fact, buy two or three. Don't just read it; get someone else to read it. Marin's book isn't about exercising an agenda. It's a book that grows out of the Gospel, out of the incarnate God's love for all persons, out of refusal to be torn apart on the usual talking points and out of ministry to people who need Christ. Unhesitatingly recommended in the highest possible terms." (The Internet Monk (internetmonk.com), May 3, 2009)

"I highly recommend this book as a must read for every Christian." (Armybarmy REMIX (armybarmyremix.blogspot.com), April 24, 2009)

"I believe Marin is doing something truly extraordinary in his work and in this book. I think it's going to be very important in Evangelical and conservative-ish Christian circles. If you are someone who cares about the church and also longs for any sort of progress in a positive direction on the church's obsession with the gays (or--maybe I should say--overwhelming amount of energy focused on the issue) I would put this book at #1 on your priority of books to read." (Young Anabaptist Radicals (young.anabaptistradicals.org), May 17, 2009)

"I read this book in 24 hours. I could not put it down and have been recommending it to others ever since. Why? Simply because Andrew's life and ministry is a testimony of what love, God's unconditional love, looks like and should look like in His Church. This kind of love is about freedom: the freedom to love others without worrying about the outcome." (Karrie H., Book Bargains and Previews (bookbargainsandpreviews.com), July 2009)

"I've been searching for a good Christian book that deals with the topic of gays and lesbians, and I believe this one is it. What I liked most about this book was that he brings back the word 'love' to the foreground. Marin emphasizes having true relationships with the GLBT community, not just lip service. He strongly encourages Christians to look past sexual orientation and focus on real friendships. And he reminds the church: it is not up to us to 'fix' gays, or even to make them Christian. All God requires of us is to love them. Can we trust Him to do the rest? This is a book that needs to be read by all Christians, I think, both gay and straight." (The Café in the Woods (tbonecafe.wordpress.com), July 12, 2009)

"A courageous step forward in elevating the conversation on gay issues. It sings with a deep love for Christ, for gay people and for the Church. It is not a book that can be read with passive indifference. It offers tangible hope and practical steps forward for those who hear Christ's call to build a bridge toward their gay neighbors." (Wendy Gritter, New Direction Ministries, July 2009)

"A simple and clear perspective of how authentic Christian love can help build bridges with an often abused or ignored portion of American culture." (Adam Griffin, YouthWorker Journal, July/August 2009)

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"Andrew Marin speaks with a loving, clear voice about an issue that is dividing families, churches and our nation."

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  • File Size: 487 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0830836268
  • Publisher: IVP Books (October 25, 2009)
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002Q8HCNM
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