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Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community Kindle Edition
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As a biblical scholar and a gay man, I sometimes have people ask me for reading suggestions on LGBTQ issues and Christianity. I can usually recommend a book on some aspect of the topic, and another on another aspect. But Kathy Baldock's book is the best I know right now for covering many of the relevant topics: history, science, scripture, politics, and even "self-help" suggestions at the end. I'll be recommending this book as the number one place to start for many people in the future.
--Dale B. Martin, Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Yale University
Kathy Baldock is one of the most tireless, dedicated, and influential advocates for LGBT Christians in the evangelical church. Her work has helped to transform the lives of thousands of people, and her ministry is a model of the kind of effective, conciliatory bridge-building work the church desperately needs. In Walking the Bridgeless Canyon, Baldock guides the reader on a fascinating journey of how the church has responded to the LGBT community--and how we all can and should do better. Brilliantly researched, accessibly written, and lovingly expressed, this book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the intersection between the conservative church and the LGBT community. I highly recommend it--and its remarkable author.
--Matthew Vines, president of The Reformation Project, author of the book God and the Gay Christian, Random House--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
She is one of the most vocal advocates for inclusion within the conservative church and the founder of the str8apology movement, bringing LGBT people and straight Christians together at Gay Pride events to reflect the love of Jesus.
She is the mother of two straight adult children, and is honored to serve as a spiritual mother to hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children. Kathy is an ordained minister who lives in Reno, Nevada. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Print length : 480 pages
- ASIN : B00OBXN80G
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : October 1, 2014
- Language: : English
- File size : 1060 KB
- Publisher : CanyonWalker Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2014)
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1619200287
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #164,384 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author does a good job of bridging the divide between church people and queer people. Whether you're approaching this book from the position of a conservative religious person or from a secular queer activist perspective, I think this book can help you see the other side. It can be particularly eye-opening to thinking Christians to see how they have been at times used and manipulated to further political agendas - that is it often politics dictating the church's treatment of gay people, not the other way around as is commonly assumed.
I think a lot of the queer history presented here is very interesting and informative. A lot of LGBT people may not be aware of some of the historical content presented here. Highly recommended. This book is so in depth that I would recommend buying it, not borrowing it so that you can reference it again.
I cannot capture the grandeur of all that she covers in this book. Having been born and raised Baptist Christian, you can imagine how tough it would be to reconcile my sexuality when fear is at my throat knowing the church is against me and will not support me. Though yes the church is full of loving people with good intentions, at the end of the day, most will not be supportive and much knowledge is severely lacking in non affirming churches on the topic.
I recommend Kathy's book be read by other Christians affirming and non affirming. When I recommended her book, my entire Sunday school class declined to read it except for one person (who will be leaving a review on here when he finishes, likely to defend the traditional biblical view). Excuses I was met with included, "She talks about Christians in a negative light and I don't appreciate that", "Some of us are too busy to read it, maybe later", and others provided no explanation remaining silent on the matter.
In general, from my experience, most Christians do not like it when a book is entirely one sided and does not provide a proper balance of reference material from both sides. They do not like it when there is not enough positives mentioned about their side.
I can tell you this: You will not find a Christian non-affirming book that speaks to the truths that Kathy confronts. They too will be one sided in their books. It goes both ways. Many Christians will choose to read only what they feel comfortable reading: non affirming books. A book that gives the slightest inkling of supporting something they believe to be sinful in the eyes of God will turn them off. The only ones who will read it (from my experience) are the ones who have gone to seminary/wish to read Kathy's material to further strengthen their defense for the traditional biblical view. Therefore, they read the book knowing their position will not be swayed and close their hearts to something God is trying to shed light on. A light shining on what is the churches sin of keeping LGBT from Christ.
Bias, not bias, put that all aside and read her book with an open heart and you will be pleasantly surprised with what you learn.
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She recounts the moment she was forced to be honest about her beliefs and how shallow and irresponsible she felt when she realized her ignorance about what the Bible had to say on the subject. Faced with the information she had accepted as face value, her deepening friendship with a lesbian raised too many questions, which if answered from her Evangelical worldview rendered God a horribly hateful being.
Kathy shares the process she has gone through to become an outspoken—if not prophetic—voice. You can call her a straight ally, an activist, an advocate for the LGBTQ community, and a thorn in the flesh to those whose fundamentalist, conservative views see her— and those she is now defending—going straight to hell.
Kathy's learning curve was steep. Spurred on by the hundreds of stories from gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and queer persons, she did the research that many of us don't have the time or the ability to do. She weaves their personal accounts into the history of Christian beliefs, and the psychiatric and medical understanding and practices that bring us to where we are today. And she not only does it in a way that is accessible and understandable, she offers hope the animus and rejection of LGBTQ people by the church will be a thing of the past, if but we are willing to engage our hearts and minds.
When you reach the last pages of the book, you realize what an incredible bridge you've just crossed. It's the kind of bridge you will want to cross often so you can appreciate the view it offers. Read it and point others to it!