[KINDLE] ✓ Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America | By ñ Mel White #2020


  • Title: Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America
  • Author: Mel White
  • ISBN: 9780452273818
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback

  • Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America By Mel White Until Christmans Eve 1991, Mel White was regarded by the leaders of the religious right as one of their most talented and productive supporters He penned the speeches of Ollie North He was a ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, worked with Jim Bakker, flew in Pat Robertson s private jet, walked sandy beaches with Billy Graham What these men didn t know was that Mel White evanUntil Christmans Eve 1991, Mel White was regarded by the leaders of the religious right as one of their most talented and productive supporters He penned the speeches of Ollie North He was a ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, worked with Jim Bakker, flew in Pat Robertson s private jet, walked sandy beaches with Billy Graham What these men didn t know was that Mel White evangelical minister, committed Christian, family man was gay In this remarkable book, Mel White details his twenty five years of being counseled, exorcised, electric shocked, prayed for, and nearly driven to suicide because his church said homosexuality was wrong But his salvation to be openly gay and Christian is than a unique coming out story It is a chilling expos that goes right into the secret meetings and hidden agendas of the religious right Told by an eyewitness and sure to anger those Mel White once knew best, Stranger at the Gate is a warning about where the politics of hate may lead America a brave book by a good man whose words can make us richer in spirit and much wiser too.
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    Commentaires:

    Mimi Lindborg Jove
    For any Christian who struggles with the issue of homosexuality especially if he she wonders if people are born gay, or choose to be gay is book will help Mel White grew up in a Strict Baptist home and knew he was different from a very young age He fought it every way he knew how prayer, confession, good deeds, penance, and electro shock treatment His final fight was his long term marriage His ex wife writes a moving forward in the book and they are today close friends As someone who is close to [...]

    L.A. Witt
    I read this book in two sittings It sg And heartbreaking And should be required reading for anyone who s ever had to struggle with reconciling religion homosexuality, regardless of where you stand on the issue It s an excruciatingly honest account of someone who tried desperately to live as a straight man, but realized he couldn t change this aspect of himself Also, massive kudos to the guy s now ex wife for being mature, loving and just generally amazing through the multi decade ordeal.Just an [...]

    Kate
    Mel White has done amazing things for the LGBT community when it comes to faith justice This book and his involvement in the MCC sort of started it all for him He has now moved into the territory of civil disobedience with the aim of achieving equal rights for the LGBT community by founding Soulforce I have nothing but respect for him and his work.

    Ben
    A very important book chronicling the life of a devout Christian who did everything he could to pray away the gay, but it just didn t work dammit because the whole notion of changing one s sexual orientation is as ridiculous as forcing a leftie to become right handed The driver behind this foolish quest is the rhetoric of the religious right, doing what they do best profiteering by reinforcing deeply held prejudices with selected bible quotes, gross exaggerations and outright lies about the dang [...]

    Dave Swavely
    I read this book recently as a part of a thoroughgoing attempt to understand the experience of Christians who identify themselves as gay, so I can be a better pastor and friend to people like that I m reading two books by men who believe that God made them gay and that lifestyle is compatible with Christianity this one and Torn by Justin Lee and two books by men who have always had same sex attraction but don t believe they should act on it Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill and Out of a Far Coun [...]

    Jonathan
    Mel White has quite the life story A former ghost writer for the likes of Jerry Falwell and other conservative Christian honchos, he was married with two children and then came out as a gay man when in his 40s This account starts with his childhood as it should and works up from there to his activism in the present He is a good writer, but unfortunately this memoir sometimes gets bogged down in self involvement He really didn t need to delineate all of his relational sexual exploits for the read [...]

    Maegan Roper
    I wasn t quite sure how I felt about his view on the subject of homosexulaity Christianity It definately was eye opening to learn the difficulties that most proclaimed Christians endure when discovering that they re attracted to the same sex, then trying to evaluate what that means for them spiritually I do have a great deal of respect for the author and his boldness to share his story If you re struggling with this subject, no matter what your sexual orienation, I encourage you to deeply search [...]

    Melanie
    I found reading this intensely powerful It made me feel immense sorrow for the religiously based beliefs I have held in the past about homosexuality and shock at the things I never knew about the people behind the people who encouraged and fostered these beliefs Mel White s story is a powerful testimony for greater inclusion and love in the evangelical church for gays and lesbians.

    Tim April
    This book is one of the ways Holly and I learned a lot and is one of the reasons our marriage is stronger now It really opened our eyes to the reality that God creates us Straight, Gay, Bi, or Trans and that we can be the men women that He created us to be and still love God and be loved by God and spend an eternity with our Lord and Savior.

    PabloRodriguez
    This book changed my life Mel White s struggle with being gay and Christian helped set me on a journey to reconcile my faith and sexual orientation A fascinating biography.

    Brenda Eckels Burrows, aMGC
    Published at Convergent Streams Magazine Vol 3 4 convergentStreams

    Roy
    This book took me on a journey that I did not expect I was made aware of this title by reading Philip Yancy s What Is So Amazing About Grace and realised that I had never faced up to pro homosexuality Christian views This book seemed to be a good start First I was a little bit disappointed about the overly personal format I was interested in theological debate than a single personal view But reading on I understood that personal experience and theological understanding must go hand in hand if y [...]

    Alise
    It s difficult for me to know quite how to rate this book On one hand, I applaud Rev White for coming forward with his stories The abuses that he and other LGBT people have suffered at the hands of the religious right deserve to be noted Certainly his struggles to cure his homosexuality should be shared so that people can have a greater understanding of the innate nature of sexuality And his move from hating and fearing his sexual orientation to embracing it and finding someone with whom to shar [...]

    Lana
    I first read this book many years ago, and it has held up over time In fact, it s probably close to time to read it again Mel s story was the first I heard that made gay plus Christian okay make sense I will never forget parts of it, but I do like to read it every so often because he told the truth the whole way through I personally believe that it is Truth with a capital T, but I know all these years later, some disagree with my belief I wonder if it will always be this way The world has change [...]

    Karen
    This is a remarkable book, and I wish it was required reading for ministers, their congregations, and anyone who continues to believe that being gay is a choice For twenty five years, Mel White tried his level best to live as a straight man, loyal husband, loving father, and impassioned speechwriter for the evangelical Christian right If there was a therapy to squash his homosexual impulses prayer, counseling, electric shock, exorcism he tried it, sometimes than once.Although the book is a bit [...]

    Jonathan
    The auto biography of Mel White, a conservative evangelical Christian who fought for 30 years to get rid of his homosexual impulses, before deciding that homosexuality was his God given identity.This is the first book I ve ever read by a gay Christian Understanding his perspective is invaluable to me Especially the early years of how his feelings expressed themselves and the internal battle he fought gave me a better understanding of what gay Christians go through The fact that Mel White was not [...]

    Belenen
    The story of a person who tried to please God and the people ze loved and admired by hiding part of zirself, until ze realized that not only did God love all of zir, but ze had a responsibility to speak out against the injustice done to LGBT people, especially by Christians In places it was quite gripping, but overall, too repetitive and disorganized I think it suffered from trying to be two things at once an honest, in depth autobiography, and an explanation of how fundamentalists have irrespon [...]

    Sarah
    this book really shows the agony Christians go through when they re raising fundamentalist homes that teach them that they are inherently evil and beyond God s love White struggled with feelings of inadequacy and what can only be described as spiritual torture because he believed his natural desires were evil he went through ex gay programs, counseling, even electroshock therapy, all in a vain attempt to make himself straight.It was very sad reading about his journey However, at times, I got ver [...]

    Shawn
    A highly recommended and must read for any pastor, priest, minister or other clergy and lay people alike I personally know Mel White and have heard him preach He is one of the finest preachers and prophets of our generation Speaking boldly and bravely for the rights of God s gay, lesbian, bi and transgendered children both in the world at large and in the church There are no strangers in God s family and the unity of Christ s church cannot be based on the exclusion of any of God s children Becau [...]

    Richard
    Moving autobiographyme of the political material is now dated but it s still eye opening to see how far we ve come in less than two decades I admire his forthrightness about his struggles and failures attempting to keep his marriage together It took guts to write this I would say that while I feel I know Mel White very well after reading this, the other primary characters in the story his wife, his children, even his partner Gary are still strangers I don t really have a grasp on why Lyla stayed [...]

    Johnny
    Very powerful and moving book While some parts were a little tedious or repetitive, those parts rarely went on for than a paragraph, let alone a page most of the story was engaging and easy to relate to It s an inspiring account of White s struggle to find out who he was and what he believed a struggle many people, young and old, find themselves in today Regardless of one s religious beliefs, I think that this is a very important read in this day and age hopefully, this book can open the minds [...]

    Kristin
    If you are gay and were raised in an evangelical Christian home, this book needs to be on your shelf As Mel described his thoughts and feelings during his journey of coming to terms with who he is, I frequently found myself nodding along in complete understanding This book reminded me that so many of us, who have suffered for years because of the many messages we heard growing up from our churches, our families, and members of the Religious Right, share very similar stories Perhaps, by reading M [...]

    Doni
    Good insight into the struggles of a gay Christian pastor in the 1980s 1990s However, while I understand he was trying to make a point, I did feel that it was a bit repetitive at times It gave the impression that he was trying to convince people and maybe himself , when I think just firmly stating his beliefs and the experiences which led to his self revelation would have already been compelling enough Kudos for his courage in any case.

    Anna
    Heartbreaking.t another read in my journey to love and understand those different from me This book was brutally honest at the depths of despair that happen in the life of a person who feels unloved even by God Powerful book, even if I don t necessarily come to the same conclusion he does I am struck by his calm commitment to helping others who may be struggling with what he did for so many years.

    Ken Yliniemi
    This is a great book on the story of Mel White a conservative Christian who was gay and came out with a profile of his struggle and life in dealing with reconciling the two in his life on to become one of the great leaders in the push for an understanding and inclusion of gays and lesbians in traditional conservative and evangelical institutions through his non profit Soulforce.

    Peggy
    One man s harrowing story of being turned away from a faith that is supposed to teaches inclusivity, only to find acceptance of himself through a direct understanding between himself and his God This is a book that would challenge the most anti gay person in the world to understand what the words walk a mile in my shoes really means Judge not, lest ye be judged, friend.

    Jimmy
    Mel White s memoirs are thoughtful and poignant Sometimes, White ventures into the realm of the dramatic with his narrative, but his story is important reading in the 21st century s hot button issue of LGBT rights.

    Veronica
    Wonderful book really made me think about what it means to be gay and growing up in America Or, at least, doing that in the late 50 s 60 s I am hopeful that todays youth will have a very different, and much healthy environment in which to grow up.

    Cath Martin
    Helpful in understanding the struggles of accepting one s self as a beloved and beautifully created child of God, and how the place that is called to love and embrace all of God s beloved, can reject, shame and isolate people all out of fear and self righteousness.

    Lydia
    I think this is an eye opening book of what the LGBT community faces at the hands of the church I may not agree with every word, but I think the sentiment is very real and this book is worth reading.

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