- Paperback: 478 pages
- Publisher: CanyonWalker Press; 1st edition (1 October 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619200287
- ISBN-13: 978-1619200289
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
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Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the Lgbt Community Paperback – 1 Aug 2014
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If you read only one book on the history of LGBT rights, the culture, psychotherapy, religious reactions, and what the Bible really says about being gay, Walking the Bridgeless Canyon should be it. It is well-researched, compelling, and eye opening. If this book had existed when I became an anti-gay Christian activist, I would have questioned if what I was doing was truly God's will or if it was nothing more than a man-made construct meant to maintain white heterosexual male dominance on the backs of gay people and women. Kathy Baldock has spent years digging into the nooks and crannies to find the most accurate information available on the struggle LGBT people have endured for the most basic of human rights. This book is destined to be the go-to resource for everyone interested in the truth about LGBT people, our rights, and the rights of all people.
--Yvette Cantu Schneider, former policy analyst at Family Research Council, former director of women's ministry at Exodus International, and author of the book Never Not Broken
Praise for the author
Kathy Baldock is one of the most tireless, dedicated, and influential advocates for LGBT Christians in the evangelical church. Her work has helped to transform the lives of thousands of people, and her ministry is a model of the kind of effective, conciliatory bridge-building work the church desperately needs. In Walking the Bridgeless Canyon, Baldock guides the reader on a fascinating journey of how the church has responded to the LGBT community--and how we all can and should do better. Brilliantly researched, accessibly written, and lovingly expressed, this book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the intersection between the conservative church and the LGBT community. I highly recommend it--and its remarkable author.
--Matthew Vines, president of The Reformation Project, author of the book God and the Gay Christian, Random House
Praise for the message
There are those who speak eloquently about spiritual abuses levied against the LGBTQ communities, and others who by their life model a different and holy path. Kathy Baldock is a national leader helping to facilitate honoring discussions with the goal of seeing latent prejudice, anger and ignorance dissipate with each handshake and hug. Far from strident this missive lays out a solid foundation for understanding and bridge building. And this manifesto will liberate many hard hearts and invite people to unclench fists. It is a must read.
----Butch Maltby, domestic and global fundraising consultant, Senior Advisor Newton Media
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The author does a good job of bridging the divide between church people and queer people. Whether you're approaching this book from the position of a conservative religious person or from a secular queer activist perspective, I think this book can help you see the other side. It can be particularly eye-opening to thinking Christians to see how they have been at times used and manipulated to further political agendas - that is it often politics dictating the church's treatment of gay people, not the other way around as is commonly assumed.
I think a lot of the queer history presented here is very interesting and informative. A lot of LGBT people may not be aware of some of the historical content presented here. Highly recommended. This book is so in depth that I would recommend buying it, not borrowing it so that you can reference it again.
It is well-researched, well-sourced, well-written, and obviously born out of a passion for seeing and loving people for who God made them to be. This book can help us take a step out of our box long enough to wonder if we've been told the whole truth. Even if one doesn't fully agree with all of the author's conclusions, at the very least this book shakes the ground below the feet of idealism and self-righteousness.
I can't speak highly enough about the lengths to which the author has gone to give relevant details behind events we all know happened, but don't know the rest of the story. I particularly appreciated the chapter on HIV/AIDS.
If you're looking for a book dealing with homosexuality within the Christian world which is not written out of fear or anger or bitterness or condescension, this is it. The tone is one of empathy. Hope for better treatment of a subset of our world's population. A desire to present facts in a way that can help us draw more informed conclusions.
I first met the author, Kathy Baldock, in 2008 when I was speaking at the Evangelical Network’s conference in Arizona. I’d talked about the 100 Revs, one hundred ministers who’d signed a written apology to the LGBTI community and marched in Sydney’s famous Pride parade, Mardi Gras. Kathy was just beginning her journey at this stage and getting to know people in our community. Soon after this she began her “Hurt by Church? Get a Straight Apology Here” campaign. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Since the birth of the first “gay church” in 1968 most LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) Christians were forced to find places of safety within those churches or remained in the closet in non-affirming churches. There was a huge divide and much hostility. Over the following decades an enormous amount has been written about homosexuality and the bible. New understandings have emerged and LGBT people of faith come out not only about their sexuality but also their faith. The numbers of inclusive churches and denominations grows exponentially each year.
Like Baldock, many straight Christians have been challenged by the new reality and are looking for answers. There is of course much work to do within society and particularly religion. This is why WTBC is so important. What if there was a work that essentially covered all the areas where people are seeking answers? Baldock has done the work. This book is not only a beautiful expression of her journey but of her discoveries and friendships made along the way. And so much more. I guess we could call it the “one stop shop” for straight Christians to get their answers about the science of sexual orientation and gender identity, the scriptures, history, the LGBTI community and their relationships etc.
I often say “The enemy is not individuals, churches, 'ex-gay' organisations or political parties; the enemy is ignorance.” WTBC is the ideal way for people to overcome ignorance and become more educated and informed. You will be a better person, the church more loving and accepting and LGBTI people acknowledged and embraced.
Founder and CEO of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International
Author of A Life of Unlearning – a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith.
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