Good News for Bruised Reeds – Walking with Same-Sex Attracted Friends

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This book seeks to both encourage those who are serious about following Christ but who are struggling with same-sex attraction, and to challenge the church to lend a listening ear and a helping and welcoming hand.

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This book seeks to both encourage those who are serious about following Christ but who are struggling with same-sex attraction, and to challenge the church to lend a listening ear and a helping and welcoming hand. The stories in this book are told with pathos, honesty, and courage.

We must all recognise that whatever our story or struggle with sin (and we all have struggles), God has chosen us to be His children so that we can be conformed to the likeness of His Son. The church should understand this and provide a safe redemptive space to all of us sinners, whatever our problem, surrounded by the sheltering canopy of God’s unchanging truth and abiding love.

From the Foreword by Bishop Emeritus Dr Robert Solomon,
The Methodist Church
in Singapore

Foreword

God of Bruised Reeds — Theological Overview

Introduction

Section I – Personal SSA Stories
1. Love Conquers All
2. God is with Us
3. Made in the Image of God
4. Returning to the Fount
5. Searching for Grace
6. From “Them” to “Me”
7. Are You Gay?
8. YOLO
9. The Long Way Home
10. Going Against the Grain
11. He Calms the Storm
The Good News Made Flesh — Reflection

Section II – Walking Alongside
12. My Friend is in God’s Hands
13. Thriving in Community
14. Freed to Love
15. Loving My Same-sex Attracted Friends
16. Being a Friend
17. A Space in the Garden
18. Equally Yoked
19. A Mother’s Journey
20. Trusting the Father
21. A Father’s Unconditional Love
Journeying in Hope — Reflection

Section III – Creating Community
22. A Same-sex Attracted Pastor’s Journey
23. Restoring the Broken
24. Struggling for Change
25. Reckless Love
26. Coming Out and Going In
Healing Communities — Reflection

Acknowledgements

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“This book contains not just stories of individuals with same-sex attraction, but also stories of those who have come alongside their friend or child on this similar yet different journey—similar because we are all fallen, broken, and bruised reeds in need of our Saviour’s love; different because the journey toward sexual wholeness and personal holiness holds unique challenges for the person who experiences same-sex attraction. Most importantly, pastors speak up in this book, proving that the Church can be a safe place of authentic relationships, with vulnerable intimacy and transparent accountability. Thank you to the Courageous Ones who have spoken, setting the example and providing the encouragement for every one of us to make a difference, bringing shame and sin into the loving Light.”

— Joanna Koh-Hoe, CEO, Focus on the Family, Singapore

Detailed Reviews:
Methodist Message
Hillary Tan

Community Reviews:
Goodreads

Articles:
Micah Singapore
Salt & Light

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Weight 240 g