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May 19 2009

My interview on the “Seed Show”

I made an appearance on May 11, 2009 on the Seed Show – a local progressive talk show here in Columbia, SC. Yes, we actually have one, count ’em, one, Air America station with some local progressive programming!

Anyway, here’s a link to my segment. We talked about Bulletproof Faith, gays in the military and lots of other stuff.

Seed Show – 5/11/09

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Apr 14 2009

The “scoop” from Amazon

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I sent a note yesterday complaining about Amazon’s de-ranking of my book Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians.

The story has been all over the Web: here, here, and here, just to name a few.

The note sent to me from Amazon made this lame excuse:

This is an embarrassing and ham-fisted cataloging error for a company that prides itself on offering complete selection.

It has been misreported that the issue was limited to Gay & Lesbian themed titles – in fact, it impacted 57,310 books in a number of broad categories such as Health, Mind & Body, Reproductive & Sexual Medicine, and Erotica. This problem impacted books not just in the United States but globally. It affected not just sales rank but also had the effect of removing the books from Amazon’s main product search.

Many books have now been fixed and we’re in the process of fixing the remainder as quickly as possible, and we intend to implement new measures to make this kind of accident less likely to occur in the future.

Thanks for contacting us. We hope to see you again soon.

Not bloody likely, but thanks for putting the sales ranking back on my page, Amazon.

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Apr 13 2009

Bulletproof Faith De-Ranked by Amazon.com

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Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians has been de-ranked by Amazon.com. Apparently, Amazon has decided that gay and lesbian books are “offensive” and are “adult” material and they don’t want them turning up in searches and offending anyone who might innocently be searching for books and one of our filthy, outrageous, titles should pop up.

Amazon.com has been called on this – and over at Twitter.com the #amazonfail group is alive and calling for Amazon’s head over this – and Amazon has responded by calling it a “glitch” that is going to be fixed.

That “glitch” comment, by the way, came after an admission from an Amazon PR flak that removing the sales rankings from gay and lesbian books was intentional because they were “adult” titles and would be considered offensive.

But, if you search for sex toys on Amazon’s site – these “adult” devices still have their sales rankings:

Remarked all-around swell poet Mark Doty across the disorganized sprawl of Facebook, “If you go on Amazon and type in butt plug in the search window, you’ll see a number of them for sale, with sales ranking attached! So, it’s okay to rank butt plugs but not books?” Alas yes. One only finds erogenous things as butt plugs (and whips too!) when specifically searching them out.

Whosoever has been an Amazon associate for years now – but if this situation is not rectified, and soon, we will be disassociating from them and moving on to another bookstore.

In the meantime, I suggest you head over the Indiebooks.org and check out their selection. It’s time to get serious about supporting our independent bookstores instead of the homophobic box stores and online stores.

Update: Some books have had their sales ranks restored, but Bulletproof Faith is NOT one of them. We haven’t won this battle yet.

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Feb 04 2009

New Stories About Bulletproof Faith

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The positive chatter about Bulletproof Faith continues over the Internet. Here are a few stories you should check out.

Over at Religion Dispatches I did their “10Q” or 10 Questions feature. Want to know the story of the ever changing covers for Bulletproof Faith? Check it out here.

I am also blogging on a regular basis for Religion Dispatches. Here is my latest post over there on how much money was wasted to fight Proposition 8 in California – money that could have been spent to, oh, I don’t know, feed the poor or something important. Feel free to subscribe to my blog posts, as well.

Susie Smith, the pastor of Peace Congregational Church in Clemson, SC, has written a review of the book in the Anderson, SC paper ahead of my workshop at the church on Sunday, February 15. Hope you’ll join us if you’re in the area!

Rev. Chellew-Hodge will be at Peace Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, 226 Pendleton Road, in Clemson to lead a workshop focused on developing spiritual survival skills. She also will sign copies of her book. Her appearance is at 3-4:45 p.m. Feb. 15.

Finally, the Reconciling Ministries Network has reviewed the book on their blog. Thanks to Heather Murphy for the great review!

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Dec 24 2008

Contest Deadline Approaching

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The deadline is approaching on our contest.

Whenever you buy a copy of Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians before Dec. 31, 2008, you’ll be entered in a contest to win a 1G iPod Shuffle. We’re giving away two iPods, so  chances are good you’ll get an extra gift this holiday season!

Go here for details.

Good luck!

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Nov 28 2008

Give Bulletproof Faith and Win an iPod!

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With Christmas approaching, what better gift to give those you care about then a “Bulletproof Faith” – a faith that lives fully into its authentic self without fear, argument, or apology? You can do that, and get a little something for yourself in the deal.

From now until December 31, 2008, when you order “Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians” through Amazon.com using the link below, and send me a copy of your Amazon.com receipt you’ll be entered into a random drawing for a 1G iPod Shuffle. There will be two lucky winners, so follow the instructions below to enter.

But wait, there’s more. When you send in your Amazon.com receipt you’ll also receive a free download of the workshop that started it all – “Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay and Lesbian Christians.” Recorded on November 7, 2007, this tele-seminar teaches you:

  • How to take the sting out of any attack
  • The best way to answer any words of hatred or condemnation
  • Keys to avoid being dragged into a pointless religious debate
  • Spiritual practices you can do today to reclaim your authentic self,
    and much, much more!

We’re selling this seminar on the Whosoever site for $19.95, but it’s yours for free when you order “Bulletproof Faith” now from Amazon.com.

Here are your instructions:

1. Order the book using this link:

http://tinyurl.com/6q9sbr

2. Copy and paste the Amazon.com receipt and use the form on this page to send it to me:

http://www.whosoever.org/bpfcontest.shtml

3. You’ll be entered into our drawing for a 1G iPod Shuffle and I’ll send you a link to download your free tele-seminar – along with a free 24-page workbook.

Give the gift this Christmas that can keep giving for a lifetime – a bulletproof faith. Offer ends December 31, 2008. iPod winners will be notified on January 2, 2009.

Thank you for your support and have a Merry Christmas!

Blessings,
Candace

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Nov 14 2008

Help! I Need Evangelists!

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“Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians” was released by Jossey-Bass back in September. Since then, I’ve been busy promoting the book – sending out press releases, talking with media, doing book signings and traveling to churches teaching workshops and preaching.

Despite all this travel, talking, and teaching – word about the book is spreading slowly. Too slowly!

I’m not bragging when I say this is an important book for our community. Instead, I have been humbled time and again when people who have read the book have called it things like “profound” and “amazing.” Our community has been so battered by attacks from the religious right – and especially during the recent battles over same-sex marriage in places like California. There, the Mormon Church bankrolled nearly half of the funds raised to pass Proposition 8, stripping gay and lesbian people of the right to marry. Our community desperately needs a book like “Bulletproof Faith” right now as religious institutions target us.

So many of our LGBT brothers and sisters turn their backs on God because they believe the pernicious lie that God hates us and wants us to “change” to become acceptable to God. “Bulletproof Faith” gives LGBT people another alternative – a way to keep their faith and use the attacks against our community to strengthen their faith and bring them closer to God.

If you believe it is important to help LGBT people keep their faith in the face of vicious attacks from both church and society – then I am asking you to help me promote “Bulletproof Faith.” I need some evangelists who will take up this book as their “cause.” I need evangelists who fully believe that no LGBT person should feel that God hates them. I need evangelists who fully believe that LGBT people are of sacred worth to God and need to hear about God’s unconditional love for them. I need evangelists who feel their hearts break whenever their fellow brothers and sisters walk away from God.

Will you be an evangelist for “Bulletproof Faith”? If so, here are some things you can do:

– Post a blurb or press release on any email lists you are on (both the blurb and press release are included at the bottom of this email)

– Send the blurb or press release to friends who may be interested in the book

– If you’ve read the book, review it on Amazon.com (that’s especially helpful if you liked the book!) Go here to review it: http://tinyurl.com/6n2h7s

– Join the “Bulletproof Faith” fan page on Facebook and invite others to do so. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/5lc96u

– Join the mailing list at http://www.bulletproofbook.com and invite others to do so (just enter your email in the box on the front page of the Web site)

– Form a book club in your church or other social group to study Bulletproof Faith. (A free 25 page study guide is available at http://bulletproofbook.com/study-guide/)

– Talk to your pastor or board about hosting me for a workshop. Two churches – MCC Knoxville in Tennessee and Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas – have already done this with great success!

– If you have a blog, write a blog post about the book

– Invite me to guest blog on your blog (Reconciling Ministries Network has already done this! Thanks!)

– Interview me for a post on your blog

– If you have any connections with the media – newspapers, TV, radio, Internet media, freelance writers/reporter, etc. – please put me in contact with them.

– If you work in the media in any capacity, please let me know. I always need more contacts.

– If you haven’t already done so – buy the book! Buy several for your friends and family for Christmas! Here’s a link to buy the book: http://tinyurl.com/6kpcnt

Here is a blurb you can use to promote the book:

“Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians” by Candace Chellew-Hodge is a 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 and enhance and strengthen faith by turning attacks into opportunities for spiritual growth.

About the Author: Candace Chellew-Hodge is a United Church of Christ minister and founder of the online magazine Whosoever for GLBT Christians at whosoever.org. She is an award-winning former television and radio journalist as a news writer, reporter, and editor with CNN. For a free study guide and more resources for this book visit www.bulletproofbook.com.

Here is a longer press release:

New Book Promises “Bulletproof Faith” for Gays and Lesbians Facing Religious Attacks

A refrain heard relentlessly by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people of faith is: “God hates fags!” Whether it’s hurled as a direct insult or stated more subtly in a “Love the sinner, hate the sin” theology, the message to GLBT ears is the same: “God hates you and so do we!”

“Gay and lesbian people are constantly under attack,” said Candace Chellew-Hodge, the author of Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians. “We’re unable to marry the person we love, and many support writing that discrimination into the U.S. Constitution. Churches continue to argue about our lives and many insist we must become something called, ‘ex-gay.’ We’re tired of constantly being a target.”

This trend against LGBT people isn’t abating. Religious groups from around the nation used their considerable wealth to target the LGBT community by writing marriage discrimination into the state constitutions of California, Arizona and Florida in the last election. This sent the message that it’s “gays vs. God” and that gay and lesbian people are disdained by God.

Even Archbishop Desmond Tutu noted in his endorsement of the book that, “Gay and lesbian Christians are constantly demoralized and told they are not children of God. Bulletproof Faith reassures gays and lesbians that God loves them just as they were created and teaches them how to stand strong, with compassion and gentleness, against those who condemn them.”

Bulletproof Faith, published by Jossey-Bass, helps readers reclaim the spiritual self that criticism from society and religion has led them to give up. Instead of arguing over biblical texts, Bulletproof Faith helps LGBT people live authentically into their faith despite criticism. Using examples from such diverse sources as Xena: Warrior Princess and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bulletproof Faith empowers readers to withstand even the most aggressive assaults without fear, doubt, or anger by providing:

– Solid, proven tactics that can be used successfully when faced with an attack

– Practical tools to discover one’s “authentic self”: the bulletproof part of each of us

– Guidance on how to turn attacks into opportunities for spiritual growth

Bulletproof Faith doesn’t argue; instead Chellew-Hodge’s approach – born out of 12 years of being on the frontlines in the controversies surrounding gay and Christian identity – teaches readers to draw on their own inner strength and to return abuse with the spiritual Aikido of gentleness, compassion, reverence – and strength.

About the Author: Candace Chellew-Hodge is the associate pastor at Garden of Grace United Church of Christ in Columbia, SC and founder of the online magazine for GLBT Christians called Whosoever at http://www.whosoever.org, which reaches nearly 1 million people a year. She is an award-winning former journalist with 25 years of experience including six years as a news writer, reporter and editor with CNN. She is a graduate of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

For more information and a free 25-page study guide for Bulletproof Faith, visit http://www.bulletproofbook.com

Contact:
Erin Lane Beam
Publicist, Religion and General Interest
Jossey-Bass/Wiley
989 Market St., 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
(p) 415-782-3213
(f) 415-433-4151
(e) ebeam@wiley.com
Candace Chellew-Hodge
candace@bulletproofbook.com
ISBN: 978-0-470-27928-1

Thanks, in advance, for all your help!

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