The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
Author: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Pages: 153
ISBN: 1884527388
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Release: 2012-04-25
Editor: Crown and Covenant Publications
Language: un

Explanation of the Book:

Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. There, her partner rehabilitated abandoned and abused dogs. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department's curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down -- the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was, an idea that flew in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a "train wreck" at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could. - Publisher.

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
Author: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Pages: 191
ISBN: 1884527825
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Release: 2014
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department's curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down -- the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was. That idea seemed to fly in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a train wreck at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could."--Back cover.

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert
Author: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Pages: 191
ISBN: 1884527817
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Release: 2014
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department's curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down -- the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was. That idea seemed to fly in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a train wreck at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could."--Back cover.

Openness Unhindered

Openness Unhindered
Author: Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Pages: 206
ISBN: 188452799X
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Release: 2015-06-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Terms like same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gay Christian are part of daily discourse; yet enormous controversy surrounds them. They are the stuff of news headlines and vitriolic social media posts. But they also reflect stirrings of the heart in real people with real questions and concerns. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, once a leftist professor in a committed lesbian relationship and now a confessional Christian, but always the thoughtful and compassionate professor, has written a followup to The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. This book answers many of the questions people pose when she speaks at universities and churches, questions not only about her unlikely conversion to Christ but about personal struggles that the questioners only dare to ask someone else who has traveled a long and painful journey. Dr. Butterfield not only goes to great lengths to clarify some of today's key controversies, she also traces their history and defines the terms that have become second nature today-even going back to God's original design for marriage and sexuality as found in the Bible. She cuts to the heart of the problems and points the way to the solution, which includes a challenge to the church to be all that God intended it to be, and for each person to find the true freedom that is found in Christ. --

Out of a Far Country

Out of a Far Country
Author: Christopher Yuan,Angela Yuan
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780307729361
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Release: 2011-05-03
Editor: WaterBrook
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Over 100,000 copies sold! Coming Out, Then Coming Home Christopher Yuan, the son of Chinese immigrants, discovered at an early age that he was different. He was attracted to other boys. As he grew into adulthood, his mother, Angela, hoped to control the situation. Instead, she found that her son and her life were spiraling out of control—and her own personal demons were determined to defeat her. Years of heartbreak, confusion, and prayer followed before the Yuans found a place of complete surrender, which is God’s desire for all families. Their amazing story, told from the perspectives of both mother and son, offers hope for anyone affected by homosexuality. God calls all who are lost to come home to him. Casting a compelling vision for holy sexuality, Out of a Far Country speaks to prodigals, parents of prodigals, and those wanting to minister to the gay community. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” - Luke 15:20 Includes a discussion guide for personal reflection and group use.

The Gospel Comes with a House Key

The Gospel Comes with a House Key
Author: Rosaria Butterfield
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781433557897
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Release: 2018-04-16
Editor: Crossway
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

What did God use to draw a radical, committed unbeliever to himself? Did God take her to an evangelistic rally? Or, since she had her doctorate in literature, did he use something in print? No, God used an invitation to dinner in a modest home, from a humble couple who lived out the gospel daily, simply, and authentically. With this story of her conversion as a backdrop, Rosaria Butterfield invites us into her home to show us how God can use this same “radical, ordinary hospitality” to bring the gospel to our lost friends and neighbors. Such hospitality sees our homes as not our own, but as God’s tools for the furtherance of his kingdom as we welcome those who look, think, believe, and act differently from us into our everyday, sometimes messy lives—helping them see what true Christian faith really looks like.

The Politics of Survivorship

The Politics of Survivorship
Author: Rosaria Champagne
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780814715437
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Release: 1998-06-01
Editor: NYU Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The topic of incest began to emerge in the early 1990s, producing a spate of television specials and providing the material for a surging industry of talk shows as well as an anti-feminist campaign against incest survivors and their therapists. The validity, reality, and readability of recovered memories of incest has become a highly contested and difficult subject. This heightened interest has benefited incest survivors, according to Rosaria Champagne, by allowing them to speak up and make political their experiences. Victims, formerly entwined in their own abuse by remaining silent, have learned to voice their protest and to challenge the societal order that allows incest to occur. In The Politics of Survivorship Champagne explores a range of cultural representations of incest, from the writings of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley to mother-daughter incest in contemporary true crime novels, to Oprah Winfrey's television special Scared Silent, in order to examine expressions of survivorship. In the process, Champagne attempts to level the disparity and the hierarchy of value among theory, literature, popular culture and social movements. Champagne makes a powerful argument that community and academic feminists should embrace survivorship as a potential site of feminist political intervention into patriarchy and heterosexism. She concludes with a critical look at the way in which the False Memory Syndrome Foundation has conducted an anti-feminist campaign against incest survivors and their therapists.

Unveiling Grace

Unveiling Grace
Author: Lynn K. Wilder
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780310331131
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Release: 2013-08-20
Editor: Zondervan
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From a rare insider’s point of view, Unveiling Grace looks at how Latter-day Saints are “wooing our country” with their religion, lifestyle, and culture. It is also a gripping story of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism, found their way out and what they can tell others about their lives as faithful Mormons.

Craving Grace

Craving Grace
Author: Ruthie Delk
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9780802489876
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Release: 2013-12-17
Editor: Moody Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"I was stuck. I believed the gospel changed people, but I knew it wasn’t changing me. My head was filled with knowledge about God, but my heart was not convinced He even knew my name. How could I live as His child while feeling like a spiritual orphan?" — Ruthie Delk Are you stuck? Craving something but don’t know what? Ruthie Delk shares a clear and concrete way to preach the gospel to yourself. We all need to be reminded of the gospel, the real gospel that brings freedom and life and hope, a gospel that is worth celebrating and sharing. This book will empower you to move from a cycle of resistance, separation, and loneliness to a life of restoration and freedom.

The Reformed Pastor

The Reformed Pastor
Author: Richard Baxter
Pages: 329
ISBN: BCUL:VD2144881
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Release: 1808
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Torn

Torn
Author: Justin Lee
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781455514328
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Release: 2012-11-13
Editor: Jericho Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Justin Lee, a gay man and devout Christian, bridges the gaps between his faith and sexuality in this insightful and touching memoir. 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.

Our Deepest Desires

Our Deepest Desires
Author: Gregory E. Ganssle
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780830890958
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Release: 2017-08-01
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

As human beings, we are created with universal longings. Where can our restless hearts find fulfillment? Philosopher and apologist Greg Ganssle argues that our widely shared human aspirations are best understood in the light of the Christian story, and that the good news of Jesus Christ makes sense of—and fulfills—our deepest desires.

God Does His Best Work with Empty

God Does His Best Work with Empty
Author: Nancy Guthrie
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781496439697
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Release: 2020-09-15
Editor: Tyndale Momentum
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It's amazing how heavy the weight of emptiness can feel, how much room it can take up in our souls, how much pain can be caused by something that isn't even there.But while we may see the emptiness of our lives as our greatest problem, that's not how God sees it. When God looks into the empty places of our lives, He sees His greatest opportunity. God does His best work in the emptiness of our . . . Insatiable craving for things that don't satisfy Relational disappointments and loneliness Frustrated search for purpose and meaning Relentless desire for comfort and security Ongoing struggle to live with loss and unfulfilled dreams Join Nancy Guthrie in discovering why emptiness has never been, and never will be, a problem to God. As Nancy pulls back the curtain on God's work to fill up emptiness as revealed throughout the Bible, you'll experience page after page of grace and hope that your emptiness can and will be filled. You'll begin to see that God really does do His best work with empty--as he fills it with Himself.

Out of Egypt

Out of Egypt
Author: Jeanette Howard
Pages: 280
ISBN: 1854244868
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Release: 2001-01-19
Editor: Monarch Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One woman's journey out of lesbianism

Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus

Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus
Author: Nancy Guthrie
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781433566127
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Release: 2020-04-14
Editor: Crossway
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

“Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus is convicting and comforting at once, reminding all true believers that God’s family is rough around the edges and held together by grace.” —Rosaria Butterfield, Former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Gospel Comes with a House Key The story of Jesus in the Gospels includes all kinds of interesting people—some who claimed to be saints but proved to be scoundrels, as well as scoundrels who were transformed into saints. In Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus, Nancy Guthrie provides a fresh look into what shaped and motivated people such as John the Baptist, Peter, the Pharisees, Zacchaeus, Judas, Caiaphas, Barabbas, Stephen, and Paul. Join her as she reintroduces us to these biblical characters, helping us to see more clearly the ways in which they reveal the generous grace of Jesus toward sinners.

The Gay Gospel

The Gay Gospel
Author: Joe Dallas
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780736960366
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Release: 2007-02-01
Editor: Harvest House Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this updated edition of A Strong Delusion, author and counselor Joe Dallas helps readers understand what pro-gay theology is and how to confront it. In a biblical manner, Dallas examines believers' personal responses and the need for bold love and commitment as they become familiar with the movement's background and beliefs study a clear, scriptural response to each belief extend Christ's love to those living the homosexual lifestyle This resource is an important one for those who have been unsure how to respond to the growing acceptance of homosexuality in the evangelical community. It offers the balance between conviction and compassion and a practical guide to communicating with those who have embraced the pro-gay Christian movement.

Whose Money Is It Anyway

Whose Money Is It Anyway
Author: John F. MacArthur
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781418552350
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Release: 2000-06-18
Editor: Thomas Nelson
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Reading books on money and giving typically makes us feel worse than when we began. "I don't want you to feel worse; I want you to feel better. And the path to feeling better is understanding what the Bible really says about giving and spending. This book will help you do that."-John MacArthur John MacArthur has written this no-nonsense book to affirm Christ's teaching that "it is more blessed to give than to receive." In this practical, easy-to-read book Christians can find out: How to give, where to give, and how much to give Scriptural guidelines for acquiring money and investing it The right and wrong ways to go about giving The connection between generous giving and prosperity Why get-rich-quick schemes like gambling are wrong "When you give as God has commanded, you will find it liberating, rewarding, joyous, and profoundly enriching"-John MacArthur Find out in this book how the blessings that go with giving can be yours.

God s Puzzle Solved

God s Puzzle Solved
Author: Art Mokarow
Pages: 434
ISBN: OCLC:244146048
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Release: 2004
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Same Sex Attraction and the Church

Same Sex Attraction and the Church
Author: Ed Shaw
Pages: 172
ISBN: 9780830899791
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Release: 2015-11-09
Editor: InterVarsity Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

When Christians have same-sex attraction, how should the church respond? Pastor Ed Shaw experiences same-sex attraction, and yet he is committed to Scripture and the church's traditional position on sexuality. In this honest book, he shares his own experiences and shows us that obedience to Jesus is ultimately the only way to experience life to the full.

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel
Author: Christopher Yuan
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780735290921
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Release: 2018-11-20
Editor: Multnomah
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the author of Out of a Far Country, which details his dramatic conversion from an agnostic gay man who put his identity in his sexuality to a Bible professor who now puts his identity in Christ alone, comes a gospel-centered discussion of sex, desire, and relationships. Dr. Christopher Yuan explores the concept of holy sexuality--chastity in singleness or faithfulness in marriage--in a practical and relevant manner, equipping readers with an accessible yet robust theology of sexuality. Whether you want to share Christ with a loved one who identifies as gay or you're wrestling with questions of identity yourself, this book will help you better understand sexuality in light of God's grand story and realize that holy sexuality is actually good news for all.