When I began reading this book, I had no idea what I was delving into. There is nothing from the synopsis that I was given that hinted at the fact that this book had a positive homosexual theme. I am not new to reading homosexually-themed books--it is the second I have read. But I have to say that this book was much more forceful and descriptive in the homosexual theme, and I found it more disturbing in content. I do have to say that I feel the book masquerades as a "Christian" book, but it is not too far into the book before you realize that the message is much different. This book's message is basically that one can be a committed Christian and a homosexual at the same time. That goes contrary to my beliefs, and it did make it a difficult read. I could never endorse this book for this reason, but I will keep my personal beliefs out of the general review of this book. I just want the reader to know where I stand before I begin the review since this is a sensitive topic. And understand that I did not say I am anti-gay or anything like that. To be perfectly honest, I have come in contact with gays who are some of the nicest people you will ever meet in this world. And I do agree that no matter one's sexual orientation, one should have the freedom to attend church and anywhere he or she would like to go.
My favorite part of this book was Mt. Rainier. I live in Washington state--not far from that glorious mountain, as a matter of fact. All I have to do is go outside my door and walk to the street, and I will see this breathtaking mountain--as long as no clouds are in the way.
I think the fact that Paul takes an active interest in the soul and well-being of Ian is absolutely wonderful. I love that fact because after all, that is what a Christian should do--especially a pastor. I do not agree with letting a non-Christian be on staff at a church, even if it is custodian. I also don't agree with the deception that Paul practices in order to keep his job. When Paul became a minister, he knew what he was doing. He knew what was expected of him in his professional and personal life. It would have made no difference what questionable behavior he was participating in--deception is wrong. It was no long ago that our church had to remove our senior pastor due to his separating from his wife and refusing to be reconciled. I see no difference between this issue and a teacher having a mutual dating relationship with a student. Teachers don't get to do that--no matter how attractive the student is. Pastors don't get to fool around, and if they choose to, they need to be the one to make the decision to leave the church or change their behavior.
I will say that the book presents a compelling argument. There are direct quotes from the Bible, and it is a thorough examination of one side of the issue. I prefer a balanced look when it comes to issues like this, but I fewl instead that there were judgmental and prejudicial views. It would have been nice for Paul to have gotten some good counseling from other Christian ministers--especially in the beginning. But it seems to me like Paul was rather isolated, either by choice or by decree. I really don't know. Even though it may not have changed the outcome, having good Christian counseling on the other side of the issue would have made me feel like this book was trying to examine the issue on both sides rather than just one. Oh, and one additional caution--there is some profanity and sex scenes (though not too graphic). I can say that the writing style is quite conversational, and one can read this very quickly.
I will leave it up to you if you wish to read this book. Oh, and one additional thing. I don't mind comments on this review, but please, let's not attack each other.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.show more
by Ruth Hill