Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God. A Broken Mother's Search for Hope.
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Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son's Journey to God. A Broken Mother's Search for Hope.

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Coming Out, Then Coming Home

Christopher Yuan, the son of Chinese immigrants, discovered at an early age that he was different. He was attracted to other boys. As he grew into adulthood, his mother, Angela, hoped to control the situation. Instead, she found that her son and her life were spiraling out of control—and her own personal demons were determined to defeat her.

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Published May 3rd 2011 by WaterBrook Press
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Karen L.
This is an absolutely wonderful true story of a mother's steadfast faith for her son to come to Christ. I read the book in one day. I could not put it down till I finished it. I so want to be like this mother (when it comes to prayer). She had a sort of prayer closet where she kept her bible and a list of things to be thankful for. She never let herself get discouraged in prayng for her son Christopher. She persevered even through his time of being emersed in the promiscuous sex and drug scene....more
Cinnamon Wolfe
This book was good, not the absolute best, well written book of all time but that doesn't really matter because the subject matter was so interesting. Being a Christian in the world today, there is a lot of societal pressure to conform to the popular notions that are gaining momentum all around us. Knowing what the Bible says is one thing, living it is another. While we all have our "cross to bear" so to speak, having same sex desires is not something I personally have ever had to deal with, so...more
Alicia
I entered to win this book through a Goodreads giveaway because I was very curious about whether it would seriously deal with the issue of being a gay Christian, or if rather the co-author decided that being gay and being Christian were not possible at the same time. His explanation of his choice was clear, and he made the best choice for himself. It doesn't matter whether I agree with his choice or not -- he and his mother had the courage to put everything out there in hopes that it could help...more
Michael Brown
Jul 08, 2011 Michael Brown rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Michael by: Christopher Yuan
Ever read a book that just oozes hope and grace? Well, Out of the Far Country is that book. It’s a book for those who’ve given up hope that their child will find God. It’s a book that shatters stereotypes. I would have to say it’s the most powerful book I have read this year.

Out of the Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God. A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope by Christopher and Angela Yuan is a book you will be compelled to read in one sitting. I know I was – I was up until 2AM reading it – and...more
Amy
I read the book cover to cover in two hours. How should Christians approach the issue of homosexuality? In our twisted, broken world we throw around a lot of lingo. We elevate certain sins. We lose perspective and control.
Christopher Yuan and his mother Angela record a story of brokenness and healing. It is not only the story of one man's struggle with homosexuality, but his struggle with sin. It is his Mother's battle to surrender.
This is a book Christians should read. It doesn't compromise f...more
Terri Lynn
What homophobic rot! This woman's son was BORN gay and he was aware of it. In recent years, medical research has shown a biological basis for homosexuality. The real shame and disgrace is that people cling to old myths like christian mythology and believe that it is a "sin" and try to change those who are gay. I have a news flash people- there was NO historical Jesus. I am an historian and can say that there is not one shred of historical evidence and in fact, the entire Jesus myth was entirely...more
Jason Huneycutt
This is a wonderful story of God's redemption. My heart has been sickened often by many within the church who lack compassion and display bigotry toward the LGBT community. Unfortunately, I worry that for this reason so many that belong to or strongly support this community have surface justification for turning away the unconditional love and tremendous hope that God desperately wants to give them. I've even seen some of this push back in a few of the reviews of this book. However, this book of...more
Rachael Settles
I think this story says so much about how God is not judging & a very important reminder to us to be the same!
Aaron
This was an AMAZING book and story! God is so amazing how he works in the lives of people. I just finished the book just moments ago and I am already wanting to reread this book! WOW, what a testimony of God's work and the power of a mother's love and influence on her son. I found this while searching the nook libraries in the Christian section on Barnes and Nobles website and I downloaded the sample to try. I was hooked the moment I started reading. This book is definitely a must read for Chris...more
Kym McNabney
I came across OUT OF A FAR COUNTRY by CHRISTOPHER YUAN AND ANGELA YUAN on Amazon. I was intrigued, and wanted to get a better understanding of what a gay man goes through, as well as his parents. Discovering Christianity was involved, sealed the deal.

OUT OF A FAR COUNTRY sat on my bookshelf for months. While at a meeting at church, a man that joined our group mention a book a friend of his wrote that may be of interest, seeing we were involved in the prison and jail ministry. The title he menti...more
Barb Terpstra
Thank you to Waterbrook Multnomah for my free copy of "Out of a Far Country".

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but found it to be interesting, informative, sad, and hopeful.

The book is actually two stories in one. The mother's journey to Christ, healed marriage and unconditional love, and the son's journey from rebellion into a relationship with Christ, and healing and reconciliation with his own family.

I honestly don't know if I as a mother could have exhibited the grace that Chris...more
Jennifer Short
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Tim Feig
This story contains many lessons that will be especially pertinent for our current generation. After reading it I feel that I have more knowledge about the struggles that those with homosexual tendencies face, and I now know that I understand their issues less than I thought I did.
Mary-elsie Wolfe
This is a story about redemption. Chris and his mom Angela bring us into their journey with authenticity and vulnerability. Constraints and expectations of his culture may have played into his desperation for acceptance and finding a place to belong within a sect of party goers and thrill seekers. No question that addiction whether sex, drugs or otherwise grew easily to excess for him. But the truth is, he didn’t see how the world offered him anything more. Certainly, the Christian protestors ou...more
Lois
Fascinating biography of a Chinese/American man's redemption. The chapters rotate between Christopher Yuan and his mother Angela, so the reader sees the situation from two view points.

This book has been characterized as a modern day prodigal son, and indeed it is. They explain together how the Chinese culture shaped the parents and influenced Christopher into making the choices he made. Mainly, it is the story of parallel lives: the son and his parents, and how they both came to know Christ.

Many...more
Sally
This is a beautiful story about God transforming lives--Angela and Leon, parents, and Christopher, their son. Christopher's homosexuality, drug abuse, and time in prison are events that bring them into dark despair and out into the light of Christ's love. Chris's discussion on 'holy sexuality' is such a beautiful explanation of God's plan for mankind and how we have messed up: "I believe homosexuality (and any other sin, such as jealousy, pride, and gluttony) stems from a legitimate need fulfill...more
Alyssa
This book serves as the testimony of Christopher and his mother, Angela, recounting how they each come to know Christ, experience healing, and ultimately reconcile their relationship. Their journey from pain to restoration through Christ’s redeeming power is beautiful, but the book falls short when dealing with homosexuality.

After accepting Christ in prison, Christopher concludes that as a gay Christian he must now remain celibate. No Scripture is given to support his decision. He does not revea...more
Carrie
May 21, 2011 Carrie marked it as to-read
Shelves: first-reads
Seeing as how I don't believe in organized religion almost primarily for the fact that religion discriminates against people they feel are different, I am interested to see how this author found a balance between his identity and his faith. Thanks for the win!
Carre Gardner
An amazing story of a son's journey to rock bottom and back, and his parents' unconditional love for him. For me, the most profound part of the story wasn't Christopher's journey into drug addiction, anonymous orgies of bathhouse sex, prison and HIV. Rather, it was his mother's journey of the heart. Angela's quiet humility and her real conviction that she was and is in need of redemption every bit as much as her son is just shattering. Chris's chapter, near the end of the book, on Holy Sexuality...more
Claudine Tan
Heartfelt, raw, sordid. Painful to read at times but because it's honest, it shows the struggles and pain behind the gay and happy lifestyle, the promiscuity and emptiness of impermanent relationships, the vain chasing after fame, drugs, sex and wealth. At the expense of all else including family. And the over arching deepset belief that only fellow gays accept them who they are, as like them, their identities are tied up in being gay and their sexuality. Everything is viewed from that viewpoint...more
Nikole Hahn
Did I want to read this? That’s the thought that first came to mind. What angle will it take? What’s the agenda? Out of a Far Country is the classic story of the Prodigal Son with a twist. It’s, “a gay son’s journey to God and a broken mother’s search for hope.”

It’s Christopher and his mother, Angela’s journey to God. It’s more than just a son who chose a gay lifestyle, then drugs, before finding God in prison. It’s a mother struggling in a broken marriage with a past that has impacted her futur...more
Maureen Timerman
Didn't know what to expect when I chose to read this book. The subject mater is not warm and fuzzy, it is written by Christopher [son]and Angela Yuan his Mom.
Angela and her Husband Leon are immigrants from China. At the beginning of this book Angela is an atheist and her husband a nominal Catholic. Their 2 boys are agnostic...Christopher admits in the book that he believed in God, but did not worship him. Love the way the Lord worked in all of their lives.
Angela and Christoper alternate the cha...more
Owen
Out of a Far Country is a book about the struggle between mother and son. Christopher tells Angela that he is gay and then their relationship starts to fall apart. Christopher turns to the gay club scene where he meets many new friends. Soon after, he starts taking and selling illegal drugs. Chris is making so much money that he flies all over the country and he is incredibly popular. But one day, Chris gets arrested. He is sent to prison and his parents are devastated. To make matters worse, Ch...more
Shelia
Book Review: Out of a Far Country
Authors: Christopher Yuan and Angela Yuan

This book follows two journeys over the same time. The journeys are of a mother and her son struggling in their relationship. The first journey is about one man’s experience of accepting being gay and then becoming caught up in a world of money, drugs and parties. The second journey is the man’s mother, her coming to terms with her gay son and her journey in finding the Lord.
I definitely do not believe this book is for eve...more
Jim Bennett
In "Out of a Far Country," Christopher and Angela Yuan have written a soaring account of God's grace. Having had the pleasure of meeting both of them, something Angela told me has resonated with me in profound ways: She said, "Unbelievers would think that by becoming a Christian, I would have been unable to accept and love my gay son; but it was only BECAUSE I became a Christian that I was able to accept and love him." "Out of a Far Country" explains the spiritual and emotional chaos that erupts...more
April
OUT OF A FAR COUNTRY by Christopher Yuan and Angela Yuan with foreword by Kay WARREN is an interesting christian liveing/sexuality.It is the story of one family's struggle with homesexuality and coming home to God's amazing grace. It is an inspirational story of one son's struggle with his homesexaulity,his mother's search for hope,years of heartbreak,confusion, God's endless love,grace,a prodigal son returning home and surrender.This book is a great resource for anyone or any group who minister...more
Andy
Actually closer to 3.5 stars. Co-narrated by Christopher Yuan and his mother, Out of a Far Country tells the story of how God worked in the life not only of one man, but also in the lives of his parents. The book contains some great stories and scenes, but it's very uneven. The treatment of the drug culture feels true and unrelenting, while other aspects of the story seem somewhat sanitized. I realize this is a Christian book, but for the full impact of grace to be felt, readers should be shown...more
Vince Wu
I did not know what to expect when purchasing this book. I envisioned a dry nonfiction autobiography, but instead I read engaging and engrossing testimonies of two professed sinners redeemed by the grace of Christ. I rarely read books within a day, but I could not put this book down and finished it all that quickly

The book is unique in that the voice switches between first hand narratives of Christopher Yuan and his mother, Angela Yuan. As one embarks the journey of mother and son together, one...more
Nicholas
A portrait of God's redeeming grace, this book captivated me in a way few do. The story of how God brought the Yuan Family to himself through the darkest tragedies of life, including thoughts of suicide, consumption and distribution of drugs, and prison, is a testimony to his power. I am reminded in a fresh way that our God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. The Father still runs to meet the prodigals out upon the way for their good and his glory!
Florence Primrose
Chris Yuan knew he was gay and his mother and his mother, Angela, was heartbroken. When she went to his work she was prepared to end her life. But a priest had given her a book about acceptance and there was a number to call for information. Even though Chris embraced the gay party-drug life style Angela continued to pray for him.

After Chris was jailed for drug sales he eventually found God. This is Chris and Angela's story.
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