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Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the Lgbt Community Paperback – 1 October 2014
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- Publisher : Canyonwalker Press; 1st edition (1 October 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 478 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1619200287
- ISBN-13 : 978-1619200289
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.74 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 321,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the book
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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She recounts the moment she was forced to be honest about her beliefs and how shallow and irresponsible she felt when she realized her ignorance about what the Bible had to say on the subject. Faced with the information she had accepted as face value, her deepening friendship with a lesbian raised too many questions, which if answered from her Evangelical worldview rendered God a horribly hateful being.
Kathy shares the process she has gone through to become an outspoken—if not prophetic—voice. You can call her a straight ally, an activist, an advocate for the LGBTQ community, and a thorn in the flesh to those whose fundamentalist, conservative views see her— and those she is now defending—going straight to hell.
Kathy's learning curve was steep. Spurred on by the hundreds of stories from gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and queer persons, she did the research that many of us don't have the time or the ability to do. She weaves their personal accounts into the history of Christian beliefs, and the psychiatric and medical understanding and practices that bring us to where we are today. And she not only does it in a way that is accessible and understandable, she offers hope the animus and rejection of LGBTQ people by the church will be a thing of the past, if but we are willing to engage our hearts and minds.
When you reach the last pages of the book, you realize what an incredible bridge you've just crossed. It's the kind of bridge you will want to cross often so you can appreciate the view it offers. Read it and point others to it!