The Web site Spirituality and Practice has posted a great review of Bulletproof Faith on their Web site.
Here is an excerpt:
In this sane and spirited paperback, Chellew-Hodge presents a thoughtful and practical survival guide for those who are constantly under assault in a homophobic culture. To make it through, she advises, one needs to have a “bulletproof faith.” We know that we are in the good hands of a caring and compassionate Christian when she states in her acknowledgements: “To all my ‘enemies’ who condemn me, argue with me, and challenge me to delve deeper into my relationship with God and to develop a bulletproof faith I say, this book would have been impossible without you.”
Read the full review along with an excerpt over at their site.
The Free Times in Columbia, SC, has published an article on my new book, Bulletproof Faith.
Here’s an excerpt:
In her book, Chellew-Hodge outlines what she calls “spiritual self-defense.” She says it is important to discuss spirituality, but no one should feel the obligation to suffer insults, what she calls “verbal hit-and-runs.”
“We must be able to discern between the well-meaning person who hasn’t yet been educated in how to speak to us lovingly and the hateful bigot who doesn’t care about speaking lovingly,” she says.
She has gained a lot of practice in knowing one from the other. In 1996, Chellew-Hodge founded Whosoever, an online magazine for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians. She has been getting a lot of mail ever since. Some letters have been sent with genuine care and concern. Others have been sent with death threats.
Check the full article out here.
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!
Here’s what they say:
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!