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A New Kind of Christian: A Tale of Two Friends on a Spiritual Journey (Hardcover) by Brian D. McLaren

In this book, Brian McLaren proposes an innovative way to move on from the current stalemate between conservative evangelical and liberal Christians. Here he has adopted the fictional tale of an earnest, very conservative pastor who has become so burned out in his church life that he is planning to quit the pastorate. Instead, he makes friends with his daughter's science teacher, who leads him to an enthusiastic embracing of postmodernism as applied to the Christian message. In this fictional conversation, McLaren describes this process as a journey of Holy Spirit-guided faith "through the winds and currents of change." 

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Also by Brian McLaren: The Story We Find Ourselves InThe Last Word and the Word After That

Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey

Many suffering people want to love God, but cannot see past their tears, says Philip Yancey. They feel hurt and betrayed. Sadly, the church often responds with more confusion than comfort. This current edition of what is perhaps Yancey's best-known book should speak to anyone for whom life sometimes just doesn't make sense. And it should help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn't know what to say.

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Now That I'm Out, What Do I Do?Now That I'm Out, What Do I Do? Thoughts on Living Deliberately by Brian McNaught

Written as a basic primer to the newly-out, Brian McNaught advises his readers on how to forge connections within the sometimes thorny gay, lesbian, and bisexual communities while still maintaining ties with family and old friends. Along the way, he discusses sexual ethics, same-sex marriage, work, spirituality, and political action.

His tolerant and deliberate approach feels welcoming. A good introductory book for adolescents as well, and the families of gay people.

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The Word is OutThe Word is Out
Daily Reflections on the Bible for Lesbians and Gay Men
by Chris Glaser

This lively collection of 365 meditations explodes fundamentalist misconceptions of the Bible's stance on homosexuality and offers inspiration to lesbian and gay Christians. Richly written, evocative, and often surprising, this book reinterprets the Scriptures to offer meditations comprised of a brief Bible selection, insightful words of reflection, and a short prayer/affirmation. Synopsis from Amazon.com

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Jesus in Blue JeansJesus in Blue Jeans: A Practical Guide to Everyday Spirituality by Laurie Beth Jones

Beginning with the proposition that Jesus had an everyday life, Laurie Beth Jones explores the four fundamental qualities of Jesus that we can emulate in our everyday lives: poise, perspective, passion, and power. Each chapter includes a meditation and teaching, and closes with question to challenge and motivate us. She doesn't intend that we remain passive spectators, rather that we embrace life and participate fully. Synopsis from Amazon.com.

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The Twelve Steps for Christians: Based on Biblical Teachings

This revised edition is a powerful resource for merging the practical wisdom of the Twelve Steps with the spiritual truths of the Bible.  Synopsis from Amazon.com


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Coming Out to GodComing Out to God
Prayers for Lesbians and Gay Men, Their Familes and Friends
by Chris Glaser

"In this collection of sixty prayers . . . Chris Glaser opens new vistas to us in prayer, discipleship, and the relationship between spirituality and sexuality. . . . This book is a classic in devotional literature which one will return to again and again." -- Merrill M. Follansbee, co-founder of the Sacramento chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Synopsis from Amazon.com

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Discovering Images of God : Narratives of Care Among Lesbians and Gays
by Larry Kent Graham

The author has interviewed gays and lesbians across the country and has discovered a new sense of God at work through all people. These insights bring new images of God that are more true, more faithful, and more deeply connected to the pains and joys of everyone's life.

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Also suggested:

Trans-Gendered: Theology, Ministry, and Communities of Faith, by Justin Edward Tanis

Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity, by Ronald J. Sider



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