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!
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!
We had a great time at the last couple of stops on the book tour in the Asheville area.
The crowd at Malaprop's in Asheville
On Saturday, January 17, the cafe at Malaprop’s Bookstore was packed for my talk and reading. The audience had great questions. There was even a dissenter among the crowd who questioned the veracity of my Christianity. I know he disagreed with homosexuality as well, but was more concerned with my “heretical” view of Christianity. That’s cool. I don’t mind the label “heretic” – many people – including Jesus had their faith and beliefs questioned so I stand in good company. My detractor did buy a book and I signed it for him. Without knowing it, he proved many of the points in the book and gave me the opportunity to show grace to an “enemy” and practice the principles outlined in the book. Someone suggested I take him with me to each signing to give an object lesson on how to handle “enemies.” Not a bad idea!
The FCC Hendersonville crowd
On Sunday, Wanda and I had the pleasure of visiting First Congregational Church in Hendersonville, NC. The pastor Richard Weidler had been gracious enough to invite me to speak at their Adult Forum before service. We had another full and attentive room, with little controversy. We stayed for service and were blessed by Rev. Weidler’s message and the warm welcome we received. Special thanks to Rich and Clay for opening their beautiful mountain home to us for a luncheon afterward. We had such a great time and met many beautiful children of God. FCC Hendersonville has recently become an Open and Affirming congregation within the UCC. I sit on the board of the UCC Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns and we’re proud to have such vibrant congregations doing this important work in places like Hendersonville where the need for welcoming congregations is great.
I’ve uploaded audio from the Malaprop’s book event as well as my talk at FCC in Hendersonville. Enjoy!
I’m still booking appearances into March and April. I’m happy to come and visit your church or bookstore, so contact me!
There are also more photos of Asheville as well as other book events at my Facebook page. Also, please become a fan of Bulletproof Faith on Facebook.
This weekend I’ll be in Anaheim, California for the Gay Christian Network conference.
I’ll be presenting the workshop that started it all – Spiritual Self-Defense for Gay and Lesbian Christians.
If you’re there – stop by and say hi – and buy a book!
Next weekend, I’ll be in Asheville, NC. On Saturday, January 17 at 7 p.m. I’ll be doing a book signing and reading at Malaprop’s Bookstore.
Then, Sunday morning, January 18, at 9:45 a.m. I’ll be giving a presentation on the book at First Congregational Church in Hendersonville. Come for the presentation and stick around for the worship service!
More dates to come. If you’d like me to come to your area, drop me a line at email@example.com
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.
The Advocate.com is featuring an excerpt of Bulletproof Faith on their Web site.
Check it out here.
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!
I have been quoted in a piece over at Huffington Post about President-Elect Barack Obama’s selection of Rick Warren to give the invocation at his inauguration.
Check it out here.
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.
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!