This is going to be a controversial book because of the subject matter. Homosexuality has been enshrined in such emotional terms that a rational discussion is often difficult to achieve. I have read some reviews of this book that make me wonder if the reviewers looked past the title, calling out Ron Citlau as some hate-spewing monster.
Pastor Citlau, who has dealt with same-sex attraction in his own life, approaches this topic both from experience and with grace. Like Christians of old, he has not shied away from calling homosexuality what it is: sin. But he doesn’t just make this declaration and drop the mic; he provides insight on two major fronts. First, he addresses three obstacles to the same-sex attracted (SSA) individual finding fulfillment in Christ. Then he delves into five gifts God has given for fulfillment. He tops off the book with some thoughts for church leaders and a word of hope for SSA Christians.
This book is primarily focused on helping Christians who struggle with same-sex attraction find their true identity and purpose in Jesus. But you could replace “Same-Sex Attracted” with anything and find help: alcoholic, angry, depressed, etc. The gifts of Singleness and Marriage may not be specifically applicable to all sins and issues in the Christian life, but the gifts of Church, Healing Communities and Christian Therapy, and Prayerful Lament are useful to the Christian at all times.
Is Hope for the Same-Sex Attracted the be-all-end-all on this topic? By no means! But of the resources I have read, it is an excellent introduction.
Overall, I would give it 4/5 stars. You can pick up a copy for yourself through this Amazon Affiliate Link.
Note: I received a free copy of this book through Cross-Focused Reviews in exchange for my fair and honest appraisal. I was not required to provide positive feedback.
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