No Longer Strangers - Finding Belonging in a World of Alienation

No Longer Strangers - Finding Belonging in a World of Alienation

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Belonging has never come easy to me.
Growing up, there was my mutated national identity to deal with-my not-quite-American, not-quite-Indonesian soul, restless in both countries. Later, when I came out as a celibate gay Christian, I found I didn't fit into the church as easily as I used to. I've often wondered what it means to belong to others even when I can't manage to blend in with them.
The way Jesus tells it, if we give up on belonging in order to follow him, we'll find ourselves belonging anyway. We might not belong the way other people do, with normal homes and normal families and normal ways of fitting in. But we'll belong in a way that's a hundred times better. We'll be fully in place because we know we are out of place. We'll belong like aliens.
Maybe you're caught in the same tension as me, wanting to fit somewhere even as you're permanently out of place. Maybe you feel like an alien.
If so, let's be aliens together.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 140 x 215 x 15mm | 268g
  • Inter-Varsity Press,US
  • Illinois, United States
  • English
  • 0830847901
  • 9780830847907
  • 438,566

Table of contents

Foreword by Jen Pollock Michel

Tentacles: An Introduction

Part One: Belonging In

1. Womb Nostalgia

2. Home Sweet Airport

3. Poohsticks in an Open Sewer

4. The Man Who Coughed Blood on Me

5. Hide and Seek

6. Dengue Days

7. How to Deal Drugs

Interlude: A Glorious Dark

Part Two: Belonging With

8. A Jedi's Training

9. Santai Sundays

10. Friendship Costs Twenty-Five Dollars an Hour

11. The Origami Artists

12. Laundering

13. Ghosts of Friendship Past

14. Thank You for Making Me Hurt

Interlude: Stitching

Part Three: Belonging To

15. Magnets

16. That Guy Who Cleaned My Microwave

17. The Art of Neighboring

18. Table for One

19. Limbs

20. Memento Mori

21. Rivers Cannot Sweep It Away

Postlude: Shore

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"Greg Coles has become one of the most important voices in the church. I can't express how grateful I am for him and for this book. No Longer Strangers is another home run-showing us a creative, bold, and intrepid way forward in following Jesus in a gray world. I commend him to you. And his melodic book."

A. J. Swoboda, author of After Doubt, assistant professor of Bible and theology at Bushnell University, Eugene, Oregon

"Simply superb. Theologically excellent. Deeply personal. Brutally honest. Intensely engaging. Coles's writing is simply exquisite. He moves from vivid description of personal experience to profound theological reflection with the ease of an exceptionally gifted writer. A must-read."

Ron Sider, distinguished professor emeritus of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy, Palmer Seminary at Eastern University, author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger

"When I finished reading No Longer Strangers I thought that all of my friends should read this book, because in its pages they will find a friend in Greg, hope for the church, and true belonging with Friend and Lover, Jesus Christ."

Laurie Krieg, podcaster, teacher, and coauthor of An Impossible Marriage: What Our Mixed-Orientation Marriage Has Taught Us About Love and the Gospel
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About Gregory Coles

Gregory Coles (PhD, Penn State University) is a writer, speaker, and worship leader. His first book, Single, Gay, Christian, was a 2017 Foreword INDIES Award Finalist. He lives in central Pennsylvania, where he recently completed a PhD in English from Penn State.
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