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The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert : An English Professor's Journey into Christian Faith Paperback – October 1, 2012
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Little did I know that God used those 22 years to bring me back to Him....as Dr Butterfield, I was an activist in the gay lifestyle as well...Like Dr Butterfield, I had a few Christian people sprinkled in my life thoughout those 22 years who became my friends and shared and allowed me into their lives 'with no strings attached'. My journey is similiar to Dr Butterfield's in so many ways and some of the questions she asks in her book could have (and did) come from my lips. I also experienced a train wreck as well,although mine was due to the fact that at the time of my conversion, I was very much still involved with a woman and the gay lifestyle and I left both cold turkey.
I read this book in one sitting because I had never come across somone like me who had come out of a lesbian life like I did to claim Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Her story very much interested me in how she coped with the 'break' from her homosexual past. As someone who has 'lived' her story with my journey, it brought back alot of the feelings and issues I dealt with in my own healing and how God's grace and mercy can cover a multitude of sins.
Although I got bogged down in her theocracy of the RP church ( I ascribe to the teachings and philosophy of the General Baptist Conference), I found it quite inspiring that she shared how God can truly change someone from the 'inside out'. He did that to me as well and I am not ashamed of my past. God has used my story, and I would have to believe hers as well, as a powerful message to many Christians and non Christians alike that He is a changer of lives and hearts and souls for anyone willing to take that first step of, 'What if'...? Today, I also live with the freedom of who I am in Christ and even though life has its ups and downs, I have truly and fully been cleansed by the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ..
Way to go, Dr Butterfield!!!!
The first half or so of this book is fascinating, as we get to see God working in His powerful but loving way on a heart. Truly, as Jesus said, no one comes to Him unless the Father draws them (John 6:44). What keeps this book from receiving 5 stars from me is the author's tangential foray into questionable doctrine. As a well-educated woman holding a doctorate, she no doubt enjoys defending her views, and she is skilled at doing so. I just believe she's well intentioned but wrong in her assessment of worship (and in a few other matters). It's just unfortunate that better editing did not remove this from the book. Admittedly, the book is already pretty brief, but her discussion and arguments for her views on worship add nothing to the book. Rather they detract. I am hopeful that in time, the author will discover the grace that frees Christians from such legalistic beliefs and practices. I love the Psalms and am edified by them and all scripture. But I am also edified by more modern songs (or poetry) that I would call the equivalent of "modern psalms." People today can still write music by the Spirit of God, which is to be used for the edification of the saints. Scripture speaks of this (1 Cor. 14:26). The same Holy Spirit that inspired David and the other writers of Psalms still writes music through people today, and while I doubt the influence of the Holy Spirit in most of the modern Christian music in production today, that does not negate its operation in the few.
There are a couple parts of this book that should not be missed. As I mentioned, the first section (half or so), describing the author's journey to salvation, is fantastic. It is raw and real - just what a testimony should be. There is another section much later in the book, when the author gets married, that presents the pastor's words that were given at the wedding. The 8 pages or so on marriage and its meaning and typology is excellent, very edifying. I highly recommend those pages alone, if that's all you read.
Apparently their worship style is very conservative, practically Orthodox. I'm not sure what instruments they use, but I know they don't use electric guitars and stuff like that. I doubt they use drums, etc. They also, for singing, only use the words of the Psalms. That's it; that's all that's allowed. While (as you surely know) I am a huge fan of songs that have put scripture to music, I simply can't go down that legalistic road of saying that's all we should do. She makes some strong arguments for it, and I would expect nothing less from a woman as educated as she; but I still heartily disagree with her. I just think she may be (or was?) a little too young in the Lord, and also likely lacking in understanding the freedom we have in the Holy Spirit, to discern this issue rightly. Sadly, because of her strong scholarship and writing skills, she will probably lead others astray in this area. I'm hoping the rest of the book will get back to things that I find more edifying, but I just thought I'd let you know about this.
I've never undergone a struggle exactly like Butterfield's (i.e., I'm not given to homosexual desire), but her thoughts very much resonate with me when she says that, properly viewed, it is sin's nature to stretch its tentacles into all areas of our lives, and often in ways we wouldn't expect. Tellingly, the author states that the main sin she had to mortify after her conversion was not desire for other women but *pride* itself.
To the point I'm trying to make in my caption above: The correct way to understand this book is not that Butterfield had to convert from homosexuality to heterosexuality. She writes that she was not converting away from lesbianism per se. She was turning away from, as she states more eloquently than I can here, un-Godly human relationships, of whatever kind. Unbelieving heterosexuals must turn away from such relationships, the author notes, every bit as much as homosexuals. (It is true, though, that Godly relations between a man and woman will reflect God's design, as she also thoroughly discusses).
This book, like others to which the Lord has led me recently, show me indelibly the true nature of surrender to Christ's lordship. I am so thankful that Butterfield shared it with us.
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