Recent Reviews of my Book

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Here is a recent review of my book – it was very humbling to read.

Here is another review of my book – he didn’t think that I clearly articulated the gospel and he didn’t like that I didn’t clearly state my thoughts about homosexuality and sin (although I think I did … just not in the way he would have liked).

Library Journal:

Marin’s book is a reflection of the work of his Marin Foundation, which seeks to build a bridge between the GLBT community and communities of faith. Himself heterosexual, Marin urges these communities to approach each other without an insistence that either “side” yield up cherished beliefs-for him, the distinctive mark of the Christian is love, not judgment. Many readers will find his simple insights transformative.

Have a read of the reviews. Do you agree or disagree with any of their thoughts?

Much love.

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About Andrew Marin

Andrew Marin is President and Founder of The Marin Foundation (www.themarinfoundation.org). He is author of the award winning book Love Is an Orientation (2009), its interactive DVD curriculum (2011), and recently an academic ebook titled Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (2013). Andrew is a regular contributor to a variety of media outlets and frequently lectures at universities around the world. Since 2010 Andrew has been asked by the United Nations to advise their various agencies on issues of bridging opposing worldviews, civic engagement, and theological aspects of reconciliation. For twelve years he lived in the LGBT Boystown neighborhood of Chicago, and is currently based St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is teaching and researching at the University of St. Andrews earning his PhD in Constructive Theology with a focus on the Theology of Culture. Andrew's research centers on the cultural, political, and religious dynamics of reconciliation. Andrew is married to Brenda, and you can find him elsewhere on Twitter (@Andrew_Marin), Facebook (AndrewMarin01), and Instagram (@andrewmarin1).

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Matthew – That is not the only thing that stuck out to me, as I appriciated your summary and overall recommendation of the book. I would say that my articulation of the gospel is more thoroughly explained in the deeds and the walk, and that is what I was trying to get across through my book. There is a time and a place to intellectualize the gospel and its concepts, but that time and place has passed us long ago when it comes to the gays and lesbians. It's time to start living the gospel in real time. That is the main thrust of my book. Much love.

  • http://www.chosenforgrace.com Matthew Robbins

    Andrew – Agreed. Many times, Christians make the gospel purely intellectual and don't actually live it out. I guess the concern I had was that we don't need to pit the two against each other. I think that's an unintended consequence of making the gospel about our actions. The gospel is more than intellectual understanding that Christ died to pay the penalty for my sins, but it shouldn't be less than that. I guess I just see a danger in putting less importance on the beliefs that characterize Christians.

    I'm sure that you think that these beliefs are important, and I understand your focus in the book. I just wanted to point out that just loving someone won't save them. We also need to articulate the gospel explicitly at some point. As I said, though, great book. Take care, man.

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    I think what you mean by "gospel" I called "difficult conversations" and those can be found on the bottom of page 178. Also pages 133-134 and 153-155 communicate that you can talk gospel all you want, but ultimately it's not up to you to what someone else believes, or sustains in that belief. Therefore it's on us to continue loving in tangible ways like Christ no matter what.

  • http://jontrouten.blogspot.com/ Jon Trouten

    Overall good reviews.

    My biggest concern is the steadfast assertion by folks that gay people can't be Christians without leaving the lifestyle, like all gay poeple lead carbon-copy lifestyles or that our beliefs about the gospel or scripture are automatically false. Straight families are Godly. Gay families are lust-filled and decadent.

    I agree with the belief that all benefit from relationship with Christ. I just disagree that I am out of compliance or living in sin by living with my familiy.

  • http://www.chosenforgrace.com Matthew Robbins

    Andrew,

    Thanks for the link to my review. I’m sorry that the couple of critiques I had were what stuck out most to you. I wasn’t trying to be overly critical. I felt compelled to point out where I had some reservations about things, but overall, I agreed with much of what you said and feel it’s an important book for Christians to read.

    Thanks for the work you’re doing. It’s vitally important.

  • http://www.coffeehousereader.com Heather

    Hi Andrew,
    Wow thanks for posting about my book review. It was probably the most emotional/deep blog post I’ve written yet. Hope you’re having an awesome week so far.

  • http://awesomeinternetsite.com Bart Wang

    The Wang would suggest to Matthew that the gospel is not an intellectual understanding in any way. It is purely relational. In that way, anyone and everyone can participate regardless of intellectual capacity. Otherwise, it is possible that Jesus could not be good news to everyone if they cannot understand. Thankfully, Jesus just wants to love us, not ensure that we grasp certain premises (aside from His love for us).

  • http://www.chosenforgrace.com Matthew Robbins

    "Not an intellectual understanding in any way"? Wow. Purely relational with who? Jesus? Each other? How? Why should I even want that relationship? These questions require thought. The gospel is not difficult to understand at all, so the argument that people cannot understand is absurd. Jesus was the Son of God who died in my place to save me from my sins.

    That's why Paul said, "…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9.

    Pretty basic, actually. Children can understand the basics. People might resist accepting it, but it's not because they don't understand it; it's because they do.

    Saying there's no intellectual component is like saying that I love my wife, but I don't have to have any concept of who she actually is or anything she does. I can love her dark black hair and brown eyes even though she has blond hair and blue eyes.

  • http://www.loveisanorientation.com Andrew Marin

    Matthew – I agree with you that there is a large intellectual piece to understanding and then being able to live out our faith – even if the cognitive understanding comes after experiential living. They have to go hand in hand in my opinion in order for growth in one's walk.

  • http://www.chosenforgrace.com Matthew Robbins

    Andrew – I would probably differ on the order of things, but I would definitely agree that the 2 have to go hand in hand. You literally can't have one without the other. That's pretty much the whole argument of James 1-2. The problem is that people tend to favor one over and against the other. Like you said, they work together.