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Us versus Us
The Untold Story of Religion and the LGBT Community
By Andrew Marin
"Andrew Marin thickens the plot once again. You can try to say LGBT people are through with religion or are not themselves particularly religious, but the findings from this ambitious study suggest there is much more to the story."
Mark A. Yarhouse, Psy.D., Rosemarie Hughes Endowed Chair & Professor of Psychology, Regent University
"This book will shatter the predominant caricature many in the church have of LGBT folk. They are, as Andrew Marin's research reveals, just like us. For those of us to whom LGBT are people with faces, this research will be received, not with surprise, but relief. Finally now, can we get on with seeing the other rightly, and that must surely start with the Imago Dei. This book should be read far and wide."
Debra Hirsch, author, Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations About Sexuality and Spirituality
"Almost all discourse and writing about LGBTs and faith ebbs to theology and biblical interpretation. What's been sorely missing are sociological insights—anchored to research rather than opinion—of the current landscape. Andrew Marin offers a profound gift to us (however you define "us") that will, I'm confident, lead to more understanding, more inquiry, more grace, and more love."
Mark Oestreicher, partner in The Youth Cartel, and author of Hopecasting: Finding, Keeping and Sharing the Things Unseen
"Through meticulous research and in-depth interviews, Andy Marin reveals some staggering truths about the religious beliefs and experiences of LGBT people. The results are both shocking and hopeful. I had to pick my jaw up off the ground at some of the statistics and testimonies in this book. If Us Versus Us doesn't produce a radical posture shift in the evangelical church, then God help us all."
Preston Sprinkle, author of People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue
"The groundbreaking research behind Us Versus Us changes the conversation between the LGBT community and the church, offering new insight into how these two communities can relate to each other within one of our society's most prevalent culture wars. This book is not only timely and important, but also profoundly helpful; addressing how to understand and heal so many painful experiences between religion and sexuality. Give yourself and the rest of humanity a gift; read it."
Wm Paul Young, author of The Shack, Cross Roads, and Eve
"God and gays are closer than you might imagine, and the gap is shrinking every day. If you think America is doomed to a future of polarization and culture wars, Andrew Marin provides an antidote, with the hard data and human stories to back it up. This big-hearted, richly textured book will shatter stereotypes and help us all think better. And love better, too."
Jonathan Rauch, senior Fellow, the Brookings Institution
"No conversation in the church is more explosive than the sexuality debate and no voice in this conversation is more effective than Andrew Marin's. These deeply personal debates often divide more than unite, but Marin's sober and winsome approach summons both sides to a common table. "Us Versus Us" is a page-turning collision of stats and stories with the power to revolutionize the modern sexuality debate. Do not miss it—the church will be discussing it for a long, long time."
Jonathan Merritt, author of Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined and senior columnist for Religion News Service
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