Being gay and Christian was a battle which made me confused and feeling overwhelmed.
Many books of gay Christian authors helped me in this journey but 'A Life of Unlearning' was the one that opened my eyes to this piece of truth: I could waste my life struggling to find all the answers and miss out on living life itself.
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"There comes a time comes when we have to face realities in life. For some, reality slaps them in the face, refusing to be ignored.
On the surface, everything looked perfect. Anthony Venn-Brown was a popular, high-profile preacher in Australia's growing mega-churches, such as Hillsong, and happily married father-of-two. Behind the scenes was a different story. Believing homosexuality made him unacceptable to God and others, a secret battle was being fought. After twenty-two years of struggle and torment, a chance meeting forced Anthony to make the toughest decision of his life. Tired of feeling torn and fragmented, he confessed and came out. Abandoned by his church and Christian friends Anthony began his life of unlearning; a lonely journey that made him who he is today.
This honest account highlights not only the costs of being true to yourself but that the rewards of authenticity and integrity are worth it.
As Anthony's story is ultimately about being true to one's self: whether you're gay or straight, religious or non believer, you’ll find relevance in this triumphant autobiography."
"Human stories, like the one in these pages, play a part in advancing understanding and acceptance. It is the story of a quest to find not only self-acceptance but one of the most powerful forces in nature—human love..” — Foreword by the Hon. Michael Kirby