Monday, October 11, 2010

Homosexuality and the Christian: Book Review

About The Book:

Trustworthy answers to some of the most difficult questions of our time      

Homosexuality is one of the most controversial topics of our day, and we all need clear, biblical answers that are grounded in love and compassion. As a Christian and a leading expert in the field of sexual identity, Mark Yarhouse provides honest, accurate information about hot-button questions like:

•    What causes homosexuality and same-sex attraction? 
•    Can attractions or orientation be changed? 
•    What is "sexual identity" and why does it matter?
•    What should I do when a friend opens up to me about his or her homosexual attractions? 

 Always keeping in mind the real, hurting people—Christians and nonbelievers alike—who are struggling with the issue, Dr. Yarhouse provides a balanced and accessible look at today's research. He also introduces a new way to think about the topic, carefully separating "same-sex attraction" from a "gay identity." This book provides a much-needed, deeper understanding of homosexuality that will help our churches, our communities, and our families speak the truth in love.

About The Author:

Mark A. Yarhouse is a professor of psychology and the director of the Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity at Regent University. He is also part of a group practice in the Virginia Beach area, providing individual, couples, family, and group counseling. Dr. Yarhouse received his PsyD from Wheaton College and has worked collaboratively on a number of books. He and his family live in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

My Review:

In a day and age when Christians are constantly tested about their worldviews on many issues, including homosexuality, comes a book that is long overdue. Author Mark A. Yarhouse covers a ton of subjects that will help parents, pastors and all Christians, in my opinions, come to terms regarding homosexuality. He gives clear, easy to understand answers to questions about what causes homosexuality, how to respond if a child "comes out", if a spouse is dealing with homosexuality and how the church itself should be responding to the issues involving homosexuality. 

The book is very well organized, easy to read, and you will read very theologically sound information about creating a Biblically sound world view regarding homosexuality in general, and within the church specifically. The author presents a new way to look at, and understand, homosexuality, so that deal with the issue in a loving manner.

I recommend this book to all Christians, whether you are a parent or in Church leadership.

BUY IT: You can purchase Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide For Parents, Pastors, and Friends online here, directly from Bethany House Publishers. It is also available through your favorite local Christian bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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