We wanted to share some resources that have been helpful to us on our journey.
Books on homosexuality:
Washed and Waiting – Wesley Hill. (Hill candidly shares his journey reconciling his faith with his sexuality. We borrow a lot of ideas from him. His life really reflects the message of the Gospel and what it means to be a Christian, so I think everyone will be able to identify with him in some form.)
Love is an Orientation – Andrew Marin. (I love Marin’s book. He has spent extensive time interacting with the LGBTQ community, both Christians and non-Christians, and this is evident in the book. His wisdom on interacting with the LGBTQ community is indispensable. If you’re looking with how to interact with LGBTQ non-Christians, then this is the book to read)
Out of a Far Country – Christopher Yuan. (More about the power of prayer and God’s faithfulness to use a man’s dark past of drug abuse and rampant sex than homosexuality, this mother/son co-written biography includes a reflection on holy sexuality at the end)
Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends – Yarhouse. (Yarhouse also shares a lot of our views, and Tony borrows a lot of ideas from him. He has a great psycholgoical perspective. He is both committed to helping Christians with same-sex attraction uphold the traditional sexual ethic but is also realistic and honest about the research and about what this means for someone’s life. However, he is a controversial figure in the discussion.)
The Moral Vision of the New Testament – Richard Hays. (Hays provides phenomenal tools for understanding the ethical messages of the New Testament canon. His chapter on homosexuality is a well-reasoned account from a man who has had friends die of AIDS and who is committed to loving the LGBTQ community while maintaining a conservative stance)
On Wholistic Sexuality & Broadening Our Conception of It
Authentic Sexuality: An Integrated Christian Approach by Balswick & Balswick. (Covers just about everything and uses excellent theology to better inform the sociological and psychological discussion. Also has two great chapters on homosexuality.)
Sexuality & Holy Longing: Embracing Intimacy in a Broken World by Lisa McMinn. (Addresses a hodgepodge of topics, but consistently interesting. Has a great chapter on singleness)
Real Sex: The Naked Truth about Chastity – Lauren Winner
Making Chastity Sexy – Christine Garnder
Steve Gershom – a 20-something Catholic guy blogs with great humor and profundity about his life as a celibate gay man. Hilarious, moving, and Catholicky.
Eve Tushnet – a Catholic woman with lesbian attractions who blogs about a variety of issues, though notably homosexuality. Interesting, well-written, and Catholicky.
The Marin Foundation – an organization dedicated to building bridges between the Church and LGBTQ community.