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Feb 12 2009

New Article on Bulletproof Faith

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Stereotypd.com (formerly Out in Asheville), has a great review/interview with me.

Here’s an excerpt:

The idea of approaching the world, especially one’s opponents, with “gentleness and reverence” is at the heart of the strategies presented in Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians.  Bulletproof Faith is, at its core, a book that would help anyone of any faith (or none at all) and any sexual identity but LGBT people of faith will be helped the most by it.  In the book, Chellew-Hodge talks about becoming “bulletproof.” In a sense, being bulletproof means having a thick skin or more accurately being so at ease in one’s skin, comfortable with one’s self and identity, that hate speech is ineffective.  The foundation of bulletproofness is embracing one’s authentic self, not the homophobic images forced upon the LGBTQ community by our opponents and oppressors.

Read the whole thing.

Thanks  to Lin Orndorf for the interview and great article!

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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 22 2008

Bulletproof Faith Wins Award!

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Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians has been named one of the best spiritual books of 2008 by Spirituality and Practice.

Check out the full list here.

Here’s a link to their earlier review of the book and a link to an excerpt they posted.

This is a nice little Christmas present! Thanks to the folks at Spirituality and Practice for this honor!

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Dec 15 2008

Anamchara Reviews Bulletproof Faith

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Carl McColman over at Anamchara has given Bulletproof Faith a thumbs up.

Here’s an excerpt:

I am writing this review of Bulletproof Faith as a heterosexually-married Christian, and I am speaking to the majority of Christians who do not identify as gay (for those gay and lesbian Christians who happen read this review, I trust you do not need my encouragement to buy and read this book). I think every Christian needs to read this book. I say this because I believe most “straight” Christians have no idea how much suffering their gay and lesbian friends and relatives suffer as they try to make their way in a faith that all too often is explicitly hostile to their very being.

Read the full review here.

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Dec 05 2008

But wait, there’s more!

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Kathy Belge at About.com’s Lesbian Life section has posted an interview with me in two parts.

Part one is about the book.

Part two is on surviving the holidays.

Whew! What a day!

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Dec 05 2008

Feminist Review of Bulletproof Faith

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Wow, two great reviews in one day!

A friend once accused me of being a “piss-poor feminist” so I’m glad to get a good review from Feminist Review.

Here’s an excerpt:

Bulletproof Faith is an easy read, a loving read, actually. It is as much of a protective shield—coating the reader with images of a mysterious and perfect Creator—as it is an empowering how-to guide for healing from miscommunication, hate, and self-doubt. Chellew-Hodge’s work exudes confident and practical steps for those silenced and marginalized because of their sexual identity. She tackles how language is used to dehumanize the lives of the GLBTQ population, facing those who hate you, and the art of “surrendering” for true strength and peace. Chellew-Hodlge consistently advocates for trust, self-worth, and patience.

Read the whole piece here.

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Dec 05 2008

UCC News Reviews Bulletproof Faith

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The folks at the United Church of Christ News bureau has written a very nice review of Bulletproof Faith. Check it out here:

Here’s an excerpt:

With much practical first-hand experience, recommended spiritual disciples and end-of-chapter spiritual survival tips, “Bulletproof Faith” entices readers beyond the verse quoting mentality of interpretive defense and toward cultivation of a positive – faith and experience based – proposition of GLBT rights.

“Bulletproof Faith” will not replace the many fine books aimed at biblical defense of GLBT issues. That isn’t its goal. Yet, it contains a good introduction to the biblical texts and provides enough information for those who want to given an answer, and a starting point for dialog, to those who question their backing of GLBT rights from a perspective of faith.

Check out the full review here.

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Nov 25 2008

New Review of Bulletproof Faith

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Bill Tammeus of the Kansas City Star has reviewed Bulletproof Faith in his “Faith Matters” blog.

Here’s what he says:

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* Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians, by Candace Chellew-Hodge. Nearly everyone knows that traditional Christianity has condemned homosexuality. Many of us would argue this has happened for bogus reasons related to a misreading of scripture. But clearly many gays and lesbians have felt themselves to be the target of hate and disgust. The author, a pastor in the United Church of Christ (one of the few denominations that will ordain gays and lesbians as clergy), offers ideas here that will help gay and lesbian Christians remain faithful and to stand their ground against this destructive prejudice.

He reviews a bunch of other great books as well, so check out the whole post.

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Nov 05 2008

New Review of Bulletproof Faith

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Jerry Maneker has reviewed Bulletproof Faith over at his blog, and he likes it!

Here’s an excerpt:

Fortunately, this book that is one of a kind gives concrete methods by which GLBT people can both contend with personal and institutionalized homophobia and also lead happy lives while so doing! Rev. Chellew-Hodge uses her own considerable experiences, other eclectic sources, and her keen insights that puts into a healthy perspective essential psychological and spiritual coping mechanisms that is a breath of fresh air in dealing with the sufferings, heartbreaks, and anxieties attendant upon attacks by those who seek to both demean and distort both the Bible and the reality of GLBT people’s sexuality and very lives.

But wait, there’s more! Go read the whole thing!

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Nov 04 2008

Bulletproof Faith Recommended Reading

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The blog Religion Spiritual Book Recommendations has given Bulletproof Faith a thumbs up.

Go here to read it!

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