As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed “God Boy” by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events–his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the “ex-gay” movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible–that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance.
But more than just a memoir, Torn provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members–or who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that “in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace,” Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another.
I've given this book to nearly everyone I know. Two to some people- one for them to read and one to give away. SO good. Growing up Baptist, Justin is kind to different perspectives and helps people on every side of this issue see it from a different point of view. Starting by telling his story and moving through the most probable ways to interpret the verses that people throw around definitively (and without researching the words meanings) if you don't finish the book with your mind changed, you at least understand how someone saying they're a gay Christian isn't an oxymoron.