- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (November 13, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310538106
- ISBN-13: 978-0310538103
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A War of Loves: The Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus Paperback – November 13, 2018
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“This is a brave and wise book. David’s account of his meeting with Jesus…is alone worth double the price of the book.”
Praise for A War of Loves
"Imagine a gay comedian like Stephen Fry writing a conversion memoir like C. S. Lewis' Surprised by Joy or Sheldon Vanauken's A Severe Mercy, and you'll have some idea of the laughter and the tears that await you in these exuberant, aching, Jesus-obsessed pages. David Bennett has found that, far from eliminating his love for men, Christ's call to take up his cross and follow the path of celibacy has led him deeper into love. David's story of embracing that call is disarming, captivating, and — most of all — hope-giving."
“Reading David Bennett’s A War of Loves is like reading someone’s diary. This is an incredibly raw and authentic book! I absolutely love the way David draws you into his life and makes you feel like you’re walking right beside him as he wrestles with his faith and sexuality. In the end, David paints a beautiful and compelling picture of what it looks like to desire Christ above all else. His affections for Jesus make me excited to be a Christian.”
“A War Of Loves is a refreshing and powerful book. With deep compassion and unrelenting honesty, David shares his story of leaving gay activism and following Jesus. This is one of the top books I will now recommend to Christians who want to know how to better love their LGBTQI friends and also for seekers—whether gay or not—who are open to considering the invitation of Jesus. My thanks to David for his courage to write this book.”
Darrell L. Bock
“A War of Loves is a brutally honest book about the life and struggle of a friend of mine, David Bennett. He gives the precious gift of a look inside a life-long battle and journey that has found Christ in the midst of a sexually confusing fallen world. He is honest about what he thought and what he thinks. He tells about how God drew him to faith through the compassionate care of other believers. This book is designed to make all of us think about our ultimate love and to work through how we should engage in a long debated area, whether inside the church or outside of it. It is well worth the read.”
About the Author
David Bennett is from Sydney, Australia, and is reading for a DPhil (PhD) in theology at the University of Oxford. He is a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics and holds an Oxford postgraduate degree in theology, as well as a master’s degree in analytic theology from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
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It is a book that if you go into it with the wrong mindset, you will be distracted by what you don't agree with, and will miss out. I didn't agree 100% with David, but that is OK.
I ran across the author a few months back, and followed him on Twitter and Facebook, as I am interested in anyone who has same-sex attractions/is gay and serving God. I thought his book sounded worth reading, and I was fortunate to be able to review it.
My review could be summed up in a few words: David's story is amazing. They of course want more than a few words, so I will go on.
A lot of gay/SSA people have church backgrounds, and may be a little antagonistic towards God and Christians. David was an atheist and despised Christians. He took delight in fighting them (not physically), and had absolutely no interest in the church or God. Who would imagine a young man like him would be converted in a pub.
His story doesn't read like many others I have read. It took him a few years to completely walk away from dating other guys, and surrendering his sexuality and desire for a boyfriend completely to God. I found his story very inspiring and encouraging, and also convicting. The point he came to in his surrender is one I honestly don't think I have ever come to, along with many other Christians.
Bennett makes an interesting case for Christians with SSA to use the gay Christian label. I am not sure I agree, but he did stretch my thinking and caused me to look at some things like that in a different view.
The book ends with an appendix of how he researched the verses on what the Bible says about homosexuality, and how he eventually came to believe that the Bible does not condone any kind of sexual relationship between people of the same sex.
David Bennett's story is very inspiring and miraculous.... that God could save a young gay activist who didn't believe in God, and despised Christians and the church. It should give us hope that God can reach anyone.
If there was such a thing as required reading for Christians, this book belongs on that list. I wish every Christian would read this book. There are a lot of books out there like it, but David does an amazing job of portraying what it is like to have these attractions and desires, and what it costs and what it takes to forsake them to follow Jesus.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Bennet provided a profound discussion of a topic many in the Christian faith are having difficulty treading upon. He presented the Truth with much compassion, love, and genuineness.
This is indeed a milestone for the LGBTQI dialogue inside and outside of the church.