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Love Is An Orientation [Paperback]

By Andrew Marin & Brian McLaren (Foreward By)
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Pages   204
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.18" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.58 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2009
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
Age  1-17
ISBN  0830836268  
EAN  9780830836260  

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When three of Andrew Marin's friends came out to him in the span of three months, he was confronted head-on with the question of how to reconcile his friends with his faith. Love Is an Orientation is the result of years of wrestling with this issue. In the book, Marin speaks out with compassion and conviction, elevating the conversation between Christianity and the GLBT community so that the focus is moved from genetics to gospel, where it really belongs

Publishers Description
2010 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year Award winner: culture category 2010 Golden Canon Leadership Book Award winner Relevant Magazine Top 20 Best Overall Books of 2009 winner Englewood Review of Books: Top 20 Best Overall Books of 2009 winner Christian Manifesto 2009 Lime Award winner Andrew Marin's life changed forever when his three best friends came out to him in three consecutive months. Suddenly he was confronted with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community (GLBT) firsthand. And he was compelled to understand how he could reconcile his friends to his faith. In an attempt to answer that question, he and his wife relocated to Boystown, a predominantly GLBT community in Chicago. And from his experience and wrestling has come his book, Love Is an Orientation, a work which elevates the conversation between Christianity and the GLBT community, moving the focus from genetics to gospel, where it really belongs. Why are so many people who are gay wary of people who are Christians? Do GLBT people need to change who they are? Do Christians need to change what they believe?Love Is an Orientation is changing the conversation about sexuality and spirituality, and building bridges from the GLBT community to the Christian community and, more importantly, to the good news of Jesus Christ.

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Love is an Orientation:Elevating the Conversation With the Gay Community  Apr 29, 2010
This was definitely an eye opener and showed what God can do. It also brought love into the mix and trusting in God without our judgment.
Love Must Come First  Apr 23, 2010
"It's not my job to convict. That's the job of the Holy Spirit. It's not my job to judge. That's God's job. It is my job to love." Billy Graham. "Compassion" means "to suffer with". We are called to be a people of compassion but instead the three top adjectives used to describe Christians today are "judgemental, hypocritical and homophobic." We've missed the point somewhere along the way. This book has given me permission to grieve the damage done both to the GLBT people I love and to the reputation of the Lord who loves them even more than I do. I choose to "suffer with" and in so doing, to become more like my Lord.
A bridge to nowhere  Mar 21, 2010
There was no book in the year 2009 I was more excited to read than Andrew Marin's Love Is An Orientation. After a glowing blog review and sensing my own need to further work through perhaps the most pressing issue facing Christianity today I was intrigued by the possibility of Marin's devotion to building a bridge between the GLBT community and traditional Christians of all types. Truly, such a book is needed, and sadly, this one is not it.

There is much to admire in Marin's attitude towards his ministry. He is deeply committed to listening to others and hearing where they are coming from. His devotion to loving people unconditionally is an example to all. By far the strongest parts of his book are those that educate traditional Christians on how GLBT people think of them. This is simply invaluable. For example, it was enlightening to learn that GLBT people don't like to be called "homosexuals." This is a slur. And I would have not known that otherwise.

However, there is too much in the book that counts as evasive. Marin's strategy is not to be drawn into hot topics like homosexuality's genetic links or whether gay marriage should be legalized. He is loath to deal with the question of what its moral status is in the Bible. Instead he backs away from such questions and tries to steer the conversation into other topics, particularly ones he thinks are more important. He sees himself modeling his strategy after how Jesus dealt with his interlocutors by not being drawn into the trap of wedge issues, but I think he falls short.

For example, when giving advice on how to respond to a direct question about whether homosexuality is sinful, Marin counsels his reader to say we all sinful but that God still loves us unconditionally. When he interprets the passages from Leviticus that unambiguously condemn homosexual sex acts he steers us away from the words on the page and draws a principle from the book as a whole that says we should live set apart from the world for God. This is so broad that it simply fails to be a relevant explanation. One might reply, "Sure, I can do that. But can I do that and have sex with my partner who is of the same sex?" For all his good intentions, Marin is left with options of either answering definitively or evading, and it certainly is not clear that the latter is any more loving than the former.

Sadly, this book did not live up to the expectations I had for it. It is encouraging to see that a Christian can have such an amazing connection to the GLBT community that is both loving and bridge-buidling, but it does not seem to go anywhere. And that is why critics of Marin from both sides of the bridge think he is playing the other. It is understandable why he wants to avoid an "us v. them" antithesis, but many people realize that their is an antithesis even if there is a loving bridge that allows the two sides to talk nicely to one another.
Hallelujah.....Andrew gets us  Feb 22, 2010
"Love is an Orientation" could have been written by many of us. My last 18 years as out gay man, being involved in of the many diversities of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community and 22 years living totally within a Christian context certainly have given me the insights to pen this work. What makes this book so remarkable is that it is written by a straight, evangelical young man.

Author Andrew Marin's begins his journey when three of his close Christian friends secretly confide in him that they are gay. He realises his only knowledge of homosexuality is based on what others have said; believing that it was a choice and his friends just needed to pray the gay away.

Surprisingly, Andrew feels a call of Gods Spirit to 'immerse' himself into the LGBT community. And here is the key. For over 12 months Andrew lives and socialises in Boystown (LGBT neighbourhood of Chicago) and goes to gay bars, cafes, venues, support groups, political events and social clubs. And so begins his education through real life relationships and God's Spirit challenging him to face his own prejudices.

Within the LGBT community Andrew is an enigma. A straight Christian who doesn't preach but listens; often to heart wrenching stories of rejection and pain. experienced by LGBT people within and outside the church. His heart is touched for ever as he falls in love with the people his previously preconceived concepts would have judged and condemned.

There are valuable lessons and insights in these pages for straight Christians who are sick of the debates and embarrassed by the condemning, insensitive comments of church leaders and right wing extreme groups. There is a growing number of Christian people who believe there is a more Christ-like way to engage and be like the Jesus we read about in the Gospels.; a man who shunned religious exclusivity and reached out to real human beings no matter what their background. Andrew shows them the way.

Andrew's book is both refreshing and touching. I was moved to tears several times as a gay man who spent many years struggling to resolve the perceived conflict between his faith and sexuality. For the LGBT reader, let me reassure you that Andrew gets us and shows there is not only a better way, it's a new day.
UnChristian  Feb 20, 2010
Andrew Marin portrays, in this book, true Christianity; making me less ashamed to call myself a Christian. I want to send one to all the pastors in my conference. But I know that many of them would be too prejudiced to even start reading it. I still believe everyone in pursuit of true Christianity will benefit from reading it.
Andrew's unashamed love for everyone he writes about in this book is indeed a huge lesson for us all. I am confident in time more souls than we can imagine will be lead to Christ through love here demonstrated in Love is an Orientation.

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