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Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality

Paperback|Dec 2016
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Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, such as Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, celibate gay Christian Wesley Hill offers readers a glimpse of what it's like to live daily with God's 'No'...


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Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, such as Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, celibate gay Christian Wesley Hill offers readers a glimpse of what it's like to live daily with God's 'No' to same-sex relationships.

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:"Gay," "Christian," and "celibate" don't often appear in the same sentence. Yet many who sit next to us in the pew at church fit that description, says author Wesley Hill. As a celibate gay Christian, Hill gives us a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God's "No" to same-sex relationships.

What does it mean for gay Christians to live faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God's will for believers who experience same-sex desires? Those who choose celibacy are often left to deal with loneliness and the hunger for relationships. How can gay Christians experience God's favor and blessing in the midst of a struggle that for many brings a crippling sense of shame and guilt? Weaving together reflections from his own life and the lives of other Christians, such as Henri Nouwen and Gerard Manley Hopkins, Hill offers a fresh perspective on these questions. He advocates neither unqualified "healing" for those who struggle, nor their accommodation to temptation, but rather faithfulness in the midst of brokenness. "I hope this book may encourage other homosexual Christians to take the risky step of opening up their lives to others in the body of Christ," Hill writes. "In so doing, they may find, as I have, by grace, that being known is spiritually healthier than remaining behind closed doors, that the light is better than the darkness."

This updated and expanded edition of the original book includes an additional chapter that continues Wesley's story and further reflections on spiritual friendships and how the church can be a more welcoming place for those who choose to embrace a celibate calling.

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 457255
  • Product Code 9780310534198
  • ISBN 0310534194
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category Social Issues
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Dec 2016
  • Sales Rank 7000
  • Dimensions 15 x 180 x 127mm
  • Weight 0.167kg

Wesley Hill

Wesley Hill graduated from Wheaton College and has an MA in Theology and Religion from Durham University in the UK. He is currently working toward a PhD in New Testament at Durham and has written for Books and Culture and Ransom Fellowship's magazine Critique.

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