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Gifted by Otherness: Gay and Lesbian Christians in the Church
by M.R. Ritley
As outsiders, gay men and lesbians challenge the church to be inclusive of all God s children the central message of the gospel. God has drawn us to this difficult place, they write, in order to reveal God s grace to us and in us and through us. Basing their book on retreats they have presented to churches and seminaries, Countryman and Ritley explore what it means to affi ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Morehouse Publishing
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Jun 24, 2008 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: gay Christians
This is a great book for LGBT people struggling with whether to stay in a mainline protestant denomination (probably won't do much for those in conservative churches). Countryman and Ritley alternate chapters while making the case for coming out and being a gay Christian witness in the church. I find a lot of it resonates with where I am in the process now. Ritley, in particular, relates some interesting stories from the Sufi tradition of Islam that seem to find the blessing in otherness.
This book is a joint effort by a gay man, Bill Countryman, and a gay woman, M. R. Ritley. I am not sure whether I can put my finger on why I have given the book five stars. It is on a par with the lovely book by the Australian Catholic Michael Bernard Kelly: Seduced by Grace. Neither book attempts a coherent argument but is an assembly of reflections. As an Anglican, once a Catholic, I identify with both books. I guess I was pleased to find a book from an Anglican perspective that was as good as ...more