A War of Loves: The Unexpected Story of a Gay Activist Discovering Jesus
David Bennett came out to his parents as gay when he was fourteen and entered Sydney's active gay community a few years later. In A War of Loves, he shares his growing desire as a gay rights activist to see justice for LGBTQI people, his journey through new age religions and French existentialism, and his university years as a postmodernist--before Jesus Christ showed up in his...more
His story so clearly opened a window to help me empathize with my LGBTQI brothers and sisters. His writing style is so honest and humble—this book feels like a long, deep coffee conversation with ...more
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 ...more
This is a personal testimony book and not an argument book. It is worth reading David's autobiography for his journey, expression of faith, and the love of Jesus that he professes. His experiences are... rare, even amongst Pentecostals.
I do affirm same-sex marriage and disagree with his theological framework [note wording]. On the other hand, I also think David's stance is an acceptable path forward for the "traditionalist" church: that of valuing LGBT labels, rejecting ex-gay/con ...more
It is an honest and heartfelt account, but most importantly theologically sound.
Although an academic David writes in a most accessible way that takes the reader on an emotional journey through his struggles as a gay atheist and then as a gay Christian.
Without undermining or questioning the Bibles clear teaching on the subject David challenges our (the churches) response to the LGBT+ community.
David is mindful of the variou ...more
Bennett states, “Identifying with others in the LGBTQI world can open up doors to engage people who need to hear about Christ.” (p. 215) So, in some conservative environments, for Bennett to own his identity as gay, is a bold move.
Bennett wrote the book “to share how God's love has imp ...more
Please, please, please read this book. This is one of the best books I've ever read. It will honestly change your life.
There is a fair bit of controversy about this book. Bennett chooses to use the LGBT language and to identify as a celibate gay Christian – terminology which gets him into trouble with the ‘progressives’ who don’t like the celibate part, and traditionalists who don’t like the ‘gay’ part. The book itself is quite extraordinary. It is well written, profoundly ...more
This is far from a book for Christians. It's a book for everyone, and we will all get something different out of it. For me, David's story is both one that opens your eyes to a different life experience than many card-carrying Christians may have been exposed to, but also holds up the mirror to universal struggles we all have with ourselves, with our lives, and with God. And he shares these experienc ...more
It was so great being able to read about David’s experiences, good and bad, and being able to gain a better knowledge of the struggles the struggles that both the LGBTQI community and gay individuals struggle with.
Furthermore, his recollection of his coming to Christ and the events which culminated in that decision helped me to gain insight into the diff ...more
"Jesus' intimate self-giving on the cross gently critiques our love of money, ...more
These are a few quotes that impacted me:
"The fundamental human desire for intimacy is ultimately fulfilled in a relationship with Jesus and what He accomplished on the cross for all of us."
"I saw now that much of my reading of scripture had simply been interpreting it as saying what I wanted it to say, putting myself above the text. Besides studying the context and using ...more
I admit that some parts made me cry, some made me cringe, and most made me think.
I don't agree with everything he said, especially the parts where he says that "God said [this]...", when it doesn't line up with something God would say in scripture.
But he seems to do a good job of explaining the LGBTQI community to Christians and explaining the Christian community to the LGBTQI community. And as a gay man, he seems to have an unbiased understanding of a biblical marriage.
As a hetero married man I found it deeply challenging and encouraging.
It challenged my own call towards Jesus.
It makes you assess where you have fallen pray to idolatry and cheap grace. It stirs you towards sharing Gods love with every person made in His image.
Thank you David for your courage in writing this amidst a church and culture war.
"It is possible to live without sex. It is not possible to live without love."
When I first started reading A War of Loves, I honestly just thought it was going to be a testimony about David Bennett's walk with Christ. I didn't realize how much of an impact it was going to have on my own walk. I often found myself reflecting upon the moments of grace and mercy that God has bestowed upon me through the death of His son, and why those moments of grace and mercy can seem so trivial in a world t ...more