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Wondrous Love: A Gay Pastor’s Personal Journey To Acceptance! A study for ALL people (Volume 1) Paperback – August 13, 2012
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About the Author
My name is David J. Harvey. I was raised in Lewistown, Montana where I attended an Assembly of God church. I attended Northwest Bible College in Kirkland, Washington from 1974 until 1976. I continued my education at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Education in 1979. I have served in many churches throughout the United States in a pastoral position. Eventually I moved to San Jose, California in 1986 to begin the quest to discover if the Bible and Homosexuality were compatible. I am the founding pastor of Celebration Of Faith, Praise and Worship Center in San Jose, California, which was established in September 1994. Celebration of Faith is a non-denominational ministry of reconciliation, proclaiming liberation to all people. I have worked in various non-profit organizations and completed my Master’s program in Business Management in 2003. I began full time ministry in 1975 as a Youth and Music Minister in the Assemblies of God church in Kenmore, Washington while attending Northwest Bible College. I continued to serve in various Assemblies of God churches in Washington State, Kansas, Montana, and California until founding Celebration of Faith in l994. I was honored to be chosen as the Grand Marshall of the 2007 San Jose Pride festival because of my many contributions to the LGBT community and various non-profit organizations. Celebration of Faith is a member of the Allies of Christian Churches, T.E.N. (The Evangelical Network), Coalition of Welcoming Congregations, and the Santa Clara Council of Churches. Celebration of Faith currently meets at the Billy DeFrank Community Center, 938 The Alameda, San Jose, California. Additional information can be found on the web at http://www.CelebrationOfFaith.org
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David discusses the Bible and the reconciliation of homosexuality against the backdrop of his own life. He grew up in very rural Montana, quite a tough place to come to realize that one might be gay. He was shunned by family, even his own mother prayed that her son, a music minister, pastor and founder of a congregation in California, would someday be with her in heaven. So burdened by that level of rejection for others in their families, David is transparent in recounting the journey he needed to travel to come to full affirmation of who he is in God's eyes. Many will recognize their own circumstances in David's stories and words. For those especially over fifty, you may see yourselves in many of David's feelings and trials.
The "clobber verses" are covered in David's genial style and he will even make you smile many times with the manner in which he writes/speaks. He tackles controversial topics such as the possibility of several "homosexual Bible characters". I am not in agreement with these suppositions and it could turn some readers off to "hearing" the whole. Don't let this dissuade you; it is always interesting to read other points of view, especially those so enthusiastically presented.
David has a chapter called "What About the One Person Act?" dealing with masturbation. He writes about it well and many will find grace rather than condemnation.
You should approach this book as a friendly conversation with a friend who wants to assure you that God did indeed create His gay and lesbian children with great care. He will make you smile. As with the goal of any good pastor, you will feel cared for and encouraged.
David and I both hail from the geographical center of Montana (the Big Sky Country). That town being Lewistown, along the route of The Lewis and Clark Trail.
Definitely a well written book that exposes the emotional journey of a religious and spiritual life of one of God's Gay 'messengers'. This is a revelation that can awaken oneself into one's own Spiritual Journey.
It is not necessary to share the same belief nor experience of Biblical interpretation as David's to discover that the hand of the Divine Parent has always been on your shoulder, through ones personal awakening by the reading of this historical and spiritual path.
David/Lewistown, Mt, and San Jose, Ca.
He treats the Scrilptures with respect puts them in proper context. This book will be good to share with gay and straight alike, and will draw the reader in with Chapter 1!