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- Print Length: 206 pages
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- Publisher: Crown & Covenant Publications (July 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: July 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010CABSOO
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Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ Kindle Edition
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Butterfield has profound chapters on Conversion, Identity and Repentance followed by two equally profound chapters on Sexual Orientation (Freud’s Mistake) and What Does it Mean to be Gay? Essentially she shows that our identity comes from God not from what we do.
A final chapter on Community explores the need for all Christians to reach out to neighbors and minister to them. Butterfield and her husband have found unique ways to do this.
This book will inform anyone looking for a biblical reasoned discussion of the issues of gay sex and the church. It will help those struggling with sexual sin or guilt-ridden about the past. It will enlighten run of the mill Christians about the fact that we are all sinners. We need to repent daily and cling to our identity in Christ. Butterfield writes with warmth, wit and wisdom.
Her writing is honest, discerning and poetic. I was very refreshed, inspired and even more ashamed of Christians who spend more energy condemning others than looking at their own sins. We all struggle with sin and desperately need God's grace. If we don't get this we have no business proclaiming what the Bible says regarding sexuality to the secular culture. First things first.
Also, although this book sort of seems like a sequel to her first book, Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, you don't have to read that book first in order to get a lot out of this one. In fact, I liked this book a LOT better than Secret Thoughts. If you only read one, I would recommend reading this one.
And just be warned, it's not easy reading. Rosaria is an intellectual, a PHD, a scholar... and it shows. This isn't bad, just be ready for some pretty intense reading at times.