Jul 23 2008
Not every book coming out gets a review from Publisher’s Weekly – much less a good review. But, Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians, gets both!
Chellew-Hodge, a former journalist, is a UCC pastor who runs the online magazine Whosoever. Her experiences as a gay Christian searching for how to live with integrity while contending with sometimes-hateful opposition inform this book. The “spiritual survival tips” that conclude each chapter serve not only as summaries but also as direct points of advice for GLBT persons coping with inevitable conflict. She also includes brief meditation exercises. Chellew-Hodge offers a realistic voice of experience filled nevertheless with compassion and love—not just for her intended audience, but also for their attackers. Although some may find her impulse to forgive premature, Chellew-Hodge does not naively excuse much less accept the abusive language and behavior of anti-gay Christians. This is not a book explaining relevant Bible passages and their interpretations, though Chellew-Hodge advocates biblical literacy beyond literalism. Instead, it is a confident, sensible approach to handling the opposition and self-doubt that can undermine a GLBT person’s sense of worth and belonging as a Christian.
Wow, it’s so cool to read stuff from a reviewer who gets the point of the book so clearly and thoroughly.
I’m also excited that the very next review is for Thich Nhat Hanh’s new book The World We Have: A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology. I’m looking forward to reading that!