There is a growing intolerance in our world today, revealing a fear and hatred that is isolating large groups of people and making them targets of persecution and violence While our culture is not new to persecution, the violent nature is frightening How can we continue to ignore what we have witnessed What can reverse this tendency to devalue others Is the church a constructive force in reversing this growing intolerance Who Do You Say I Am is a collection of heart rendering life stories shared by the LGBTQ community This group is one of the many that have endured the pain of persecution and violence They long to be known and loved and have chosen to be completely transparent and vulnerable, sharing their greatest struggles and victories, with the hope that their stories would be a catalyst to changing hearts Enter deeply into each story and allow your heart to be changed....
|Title||:||Who Do You Say I Am?: Personal Life Stories Told by the LGBTQ Community|
|Publisher||:||89th Street Publishers, LLC April 23, 2018|
|Number of Pages||:||290 pages|
|File Size||:||682 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Who Do You Say I Am?: Personal Life Stories Told by the LGBTQ Community Reviews
What gratitude I have experienced since reading Carol Gibbs book. She exemplifies a life of “loving well” by sharing openly her experience of embracing her son Jeromy when he came out to her. Through her prayers, tears, love of Christ, and an absolute surrender to following God, Carol and Jim supported their son even to the point of rejection from some in the church where they had served faithfully and sacrifially for years.
They say that people come into your life for a reason. There are several reasons as to why I believe that Carol was sent into mine. She has known me my whole life and I trust her like my own mother. This book not only shares some of my most personal and painful experiences, but I was surprised to learn that there are people I know of in this book who have had experiences ten times worse than what I realized. Growing up in a small town, there are also three words that you fear to be asked, “Are you gay?” And I was asked this over and over, even from a very young age. And then you fear that if you actually are gay, no one will ever love you, including Jesus. There has always been a way that some Christians turn God’s word into a bullying tactic to make you feel absolutely horrible about yourself, which is what I often felt. I wish that there was a book like this that I could have read, especially while going through adolescence and early adulthood. I had no one to talk to about what I was feeling, which led to more pain, isolation, and despair. I hope that people will understand that there are also several stereotypes that need to be broken. For instance, everyone thinks that a gay male doesn’t have a good relationship with his father. Well, my relationship grew much stronger with my dad once I was able to come out to help and I felt like we were finally able to break down several barriers. If you’re struggling to understand what your child/friend/relative might be going through in terms of anything related to faith and LGBTQ, this book could serve as a lifeline.