Archive for July, 2008

Jul 23 2008

Bulletproof Faith Gets Publisher’s Weekly Review

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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!

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Jul 15 2008

First Public Reading of Bulletproof Faith

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Bulletproof Faith hits bookshelves on September 19, but a group attending the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) meeting in Charleston, South Carolina on July 10, 2008 heard the first public reading from the book.

I appeared with two other South Carolina authors, Sheila Morris and Ed Madden. Sheila’s book, Deep in the Heart, is a collection of autobiographical essays about growing up in East Texas. Sheila’s book is touching and hilarious and I highly recommend you buy it – now!

Ed Madden’s new book, Signals, is a collection of poems that has already won the prestigious South Carolina Book Poetry Award. I’m not much of a poetry buff, but Ed’s poems are amazing and moving. Buy his book, too – now!

You can hear, and see, my portion of the evening. The video (posted below) has just the reading from chapter 4 of Bulletproof Faith. The audio is longer and contains all of my remarks. For context before listening to the audio, Ed had read before me and ended his reading with a poem that appeared in Sojourner’s magazine. The poem ponders a person’s last moments – an assignment he gave his students at the University of South Carolina, where he’s an English professor.

Both Sheila and Ed inspired me, so I had to respond to their readings before going on to mine. Enjoy!

And don’t forget to pre-order your copy of Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians. Now!

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