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Openness unhindered

Further thoughts of an unlikely convert on sexual identity and union with Christ
Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

Crown & Covenant Publications, 2015, £6.65 Pb 209pp, ISBN9761884527999
Reviewed by Trevor Stammers, Programme Director inBioethics and Medical Law, St Mary's Twickenham

This book certainly lives up to its name as a former lesbian activist turned Christian author, homemaker, mother and wife shares her life experience and wisdom with a remarkable balance of openness and integrity.

She comes across as honest without being in any way sensationalist as she writes about issues relating to Christian and sexual identities, the meaning of repentance and conversion, the importance of our terminology and how it can unwittingly mislead more than we realise - she has some very interesting insights into the use of 'gay Christian', and she is very sober in her appraisal of gay therapy.

This caution springs from her conviction that living in community as the body of Christ is the most important thing that transforms our lives as Christians, and hence should exert a more powerful demonstration of the gospel in our society. Her prayerful, practical and loving commitment to her own neighbourhood was one of the most challenging aspects of the book to me. If we all lived that way, how much emptier our surgeries and clinics would be of those whose sickness is basically that no one truly cares for them.

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