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This thoughtful, practical guide shows readers a way through the minefield of condemnation and persecution faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Christians and helps foster a faith that is bulletproof--impervious to attacks, yet loving and savvy in its approach. Bulletproof Faith is filled with useful insights and proven spiritual practices that deflect attacks ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Jossey-Bass
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Brianna Silva
(Adding this books months after I read it, because the act of adding it earlier would have outed me before I was ready 👀)

This book was really really really really really helpful while I was preparing to come out as bi. 💗💜💙 Honestly, it was vital.
Elevate Difference
Jan 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
In a remarkable voice full of hope and wisdom, Candance Chellew-Hodge offers a spiritual survival guide for the GLBTQ community and its allies. With illustrative candid accounts from her own life, Chellew-Hodge sharply wedges a tool of self-defense in the slamming door of anti-gay sentiments, threats, and violence.

Bulletproof Faith is an easy read, a loving read, actually. It is as much of a protective shield—coating the reader with images of a mysterious and perfect Creator—as it is an empoweri
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Martha
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
I thought this was a great book. The concept of a bulletproof faith struck me as strange, initially, but the comparison of putting on the whole armor of God as a 1st century image and the need for something stronger now made sense to me.
Chellew-Hodge writes for LGBT people about developing a strong, loving, non-defensive faith that helps in controversial moments, but her principles are great ones for all people of faith who are under challenge. She includes several spiritual exercises that have
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Brian
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
"Bulletproof Faith" works best if one approaches it as a surface self-help book. As a tool for being a Christian who is less tuned in to those who attack you (for whatever reason) it offers helpful advice and some nice activities that you can do in order to be able to better handle the slings and arrows that others throw at you. As a book that will "bulletproof" the faith of gay people who come from a strong evangelical background, it will be found lacking.
Personally I found the book mostly help
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Spook Harrison
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Spook by: Another Book
I actually really liked this one. While other books focus on textproof and stuff of that nature, Chellew-Hodge spends more time on how to see that attacks come from a place of fear and that they're other people's issues, not ours, which is great advice for any conflict. I like her advice on having a relationship vs being Right--all either side really wants is validation. The pop-culture references were cute, and for once I actually got most of them. The chapter on the Galatians verse was well do ...more
Heidi
I will be giving this book to my mother and asking her to read it. I will be offering it to my PoD mentor if he's interested. I'll be recommending this one generally.

I think it's the zeal of a convert: because when it first arrived I wasn't entirely certain about it. I felt like I was beyond it. I felt like because my church is mostly-sorta accepting, I wasn't the sort of person that Chellew-Hodge was talking about. But the truth is, I am. And I needed to read this book, and I will need the meth
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Sam
Jan 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
I found this a useful read for framing the dichotomy of needing to converse with people who are 'one the other side' but also to know when your conversation is fruitless and to break it off. As an Episcopalian its something I strive to learn and Chellew-Hodge breaks this down in some helpful ways.

However, there is one notion she presents that makes me reluctant to recommend this book to other Episcopalians, queer and straight alike. On page 105 she says "A theology based on just Scripture, trad
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Just A. Bean
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christain, lgbt
I was a little leery of buying it because it sounded a little militant, if not arrogant, but ironically, it's way less aggressive than I am. It's all about how not to get into fights, and how to treat people who disagree with you with gentleness and compassion, without letting them think you support their prejudices. The faith of the title is a personal self-assurance that one has to have in order to suffer the trails of life gracefully. The author quotes 2 Timothy 2:23-25 and James 3:17 at lot, ...more
Catherine
This is a life-affirming book that is true to the Christian faith. God's Will for all human beings is to love God and one another, not using others for our own sexual gratifications but to express our love and learn together to live life abundantly, grow up, pray, do good works to help our neighbors, recognize our tendency to fall short of the mark and seek forgiveness in order to carry on, "go and sin no more."

"The only thing that counts is faith working through love" (Galatians 5:6). I encoura
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Sandy
Oct 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: GLBT Christians in less than affirming denominations
This is a great guide to conflict resolution for GLBT christians. It teaches strategies that help you see the person you're dealing with as a human. It also provides good advice on how not to lose your cool and treat everyone with grace and reverence. And by conflict resolution I don't mean that you have to like and agree with everyone but that you're able to have a civil conversation (or at least know when to walk away).
Thorn MotherIssues
May 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2009
I'm not a Christian and I'd hoped from good reviews it might have some cross-cultural relevance, but it didn't for me. I mean, the advice about not taking hostility seriously enough that it impacts your quality of life is good, but I don't need to know that God still loves me because God's not a part of my life.
Neil Orts
Oct 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Candace did a really good job pulling this together from her years of running workshops and Whosoever.org. I can honestly say it altered my prayer life. I'd also say it's for more than GLBT Christians, as the bases are sound for any kind of conflict situation. (I also have a short interview with Candace going up at outsmartmagazine.com on or near the first of November.)
Renay
Nov 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very good! Thank you for writing this.
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Apr 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Have read it twice and will read it again.
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Candace Chellew-Hodge is a recovering Southern Baptist and founder/editor of Whosoever: An Online Magazine for GLBT Christians. She currently serves as associate pastor at Garden of Grace United Church of Christ in Columbia, S.C. She is also a spiritual director, trained through the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. She has worked for the past two decades in journalism and public relations. She can be ...more