Adam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor's Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays (Hardback)
  • Adam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor's Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays (Hardback)
zoom

Adam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor's Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays (Hardback)

(author)
£90.00
Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 04/04/2011
  • Publisher out of stock

Currently unavailable to order

This product is currently unavailable.

  • This item has been added to your basket
Jimmy Creech, a United Methodist pastor in North Carolina, was visited one morning in 1984 by Adam, a longtime parishioner whom he liked and respected. Adam said that he was gay, and that he was leaving The United Methodist Church, which had just pronounced that "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" could not be ordained. He would not be part of a community that excluded him. Creech found himself instinctively supporting Adam, telling him that he was sure that God loved and accepted him as he was. Adam's Gift is Creech's inspiring first-person account of how that conversation transformed his life and ministry.

Adam's visit prompted Creech to re-evaluate his belief that homosexuality was a sin, and to research the scriptural basis for the church's position. He determined that the church was mistaken, that scriptural translations and interpretations had been botched and dangerously distorted. As a Christian, Creech came to believe that discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people was morally wrong. This understanding compelled him to perform same-gender commitment ceremonies, which conflicted with church directives. Creech was tried twice by The United Methodist Church, and, after the second trial, his ordination credentials were revoked. Adam's Gift is a moving story and an important chapter in the unfinished struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil and human rights.

Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822348856
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 753 g
Dimensions: 241 x 163 x 33 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"'Hero' is an overused word in our vocabulary today. When I think of heroes, I think of men and women who've risked everything for a cause they believed in, not for pay, not because they were conscripted, and not because it was popular, but because - despite the public ridicule and the certainty that what they were doing would cost them dearly - they followed their conscience. Or in the case of Jimmy Creech, followed their understanding of what Christianity was all about. . . . If you don't know Creech's story, or even if you do - and many in Raleigh will remember some of it - the book is a page-turner from the day Creech arrives in Nebraska to the guilty verdict that sends him back to North Carolina. . . .Great book." -- Bob Geary * Independent Weekly *
"Essential reading for gay and lesbian Christians and other LGBT readers, Creech's memoir should serve as an important case study for pastors and denominations reexamining their stance toward sexual minorities." * Library Journal *
"Creech's detailed dissection of deep-rooted anti-gay attitudes, intensely personal and spiritually impassioned, honors a remarkable straight ally." -- Richard Labonte * BookMarks *
"Eleven years in the making, the author's valiant, first-person narrative examines the conundrum of religion vs. reason. . . . An inspirational example of unbiased humanitarianism." * Kirkus Reviews *
"With often rich, always empathetic prose, Creech proves to be a pastor - who honors the minds but challenges the ideas - to a large and varied flock of readers." -- Lisa Kennedy * Denver Post *

You may also be interested in...

Atheism in Christianity
Added to basket
The Medieval Monastery
Added to basket
On Rock or Sand?
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
A Time to Keep Silence
Added to basket
Through the Narrow Gate
Added to basket
Jesus' People
Added to basket
Finding Sanctuary
Added to basket
Children's Spirituality
Added to basket
The Popes
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
Hildegard of Bingen
Added to basket
Beyond Busyness
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
Chasing the Dragon
Added to basket
The Knights Templar in Yorkshire
Added to basket
Letter to a Priest
Added to basket
£15.99
Paperback
The Missionaries
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.