Review: Single, Gay, Christian

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Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity

By Gregory Coles (IVP)

There’s no shortage of books written by professing Christians about the issue of homosexuality, whether personal narratives, theological treatises or biblical commentaries. This is a good thing; our take on this issue affects fundamental questions of what it means to be the church and what our relationship to Scripture is.

Single Gay Christian 200Gregory Coles’ Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity easily is one of the best books on the subject I’ve read, because it takes these questions seriously.

Coles tells how he came to realize he was gay, how he came to the conviction that following Jesus would mean a life of celibacy, and his experiences since. Coles’ tone is positive and helpful, and the book deals as much with the concept of singleness in the context of Christian discipleship as it does with homosexuality.

In a church that seldom considers the idea of remaining single for the sake of God’s kingdom, Coles’ book is an invaluable voice.

Single, Gay, Christian is a great read for anybody, but especially those interested in questions of marriage, sexuality and relationships in general in the context of the church. Coles is thoughtful, intelligent and thorough in his treatment of an important subject.

Jake Raabe, student

Truett Theological Seminary

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