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Joel Speaks Out

Kansas City, MO
Joel@joelspeaksout.com

Books

Going Gay: My Journey from Evangelical Christian to Self-Acceptance Love, Life and Meaning

Going Gay (2014) tells the story of coming to terms with faith, life and sexuality after 25 years as a conservative evangelical Christian minister,  and conversion therapy survivor. “Denying one’s humanity is quite different than denying one’s desires. Denying ourselves the fundamentals of psychological well-being isn’t spiritual, it’s the basis for mental illness.” – Tim Rymel

Rethinking Everything: When Faith and Reality Don't Make Sense

Rethinking Everything is a book for people disillusioned with their conservative Christian faith after real life didn’t quite add up to the hype. It provides a historical context for evangelical Christianity, how and why we believe against evidence to the contrary, and how to move beyond our sometimes toxic religious beliefs. 

In Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community, Baldock constructs a narrative timeline, including fascinating stories and personal testimonies, detailing the historical and current social, medical, cultural, and religious discrimination which have impacted the gay and transgender communities, with particular focus on the intersection of the conservative political and religious right beginning in the late 1970s.

More than any other issue of our times, the church’s response to the gay debate has alienated young people from God, church, the Bible, and their own families. Conservative believers—gay and straight—are increasingly facing a painful dilemma: affirm what they have traditionally understood Scripture to say, or affirm what they increasingly see to be true about their gay friends and loved ones.

God and the Gay Christian shows a third way—one that honors those who are different and the authority of Scripture. In this carefully researched and important book, Matthew Vines makes a compelling case for biblically-grounded responses to such questions as: How could traditional beliefs have been wrong for thousands of years on such an important topic? What is the story of Sodom and Gomorrah really saying about human relationships? Can celibacy be a calling when it is mandated, not chosen? What did Paul have in mind when he warned against same-sex relations? Do biblical teachings on the marriage covenant preclude same-sex marriage or not?

Remarkable in its affirmation of both orthodox theology and full equality for sexual minorities, God and the Gay Christian has the potential to radically change the conversation about being gay in the church. Not only is it a convincing interpretation of key Bible texts, it is also the story of a young man navigating relationships with his family, his hometown church, and the church at large as he expresses what it means to be a faithful, gay Christian.

Frankly My Dear, I'm Gay

Part memoir, part self-help book, Frankly My Dear, I’m Gay takes readers on a light-hearted, poignant, humorous, and multi-faceted journey out of the closet, with nationally known author, blogger, podcaster, speaker, and Coming Out Coach, Rick Clemons

Embracing the trips, falls, and triumphs of learning to walk in a new set of heels, Clemons brings a fresh perspective on how to be uniquely you as a flag-waving, or quietly standing on the sidelines, member of the LGBT Community. Calling upon his own, and client’s experiences, Clemons doles out amusing yet sincere insights and advice for navigating a mutually respectful divorce, raising children as a gay parent, and tips for learning how to date, mate, and be in a healthy same-sex relationship.

The Velvet Rage

A groundbreaking examination of the psychology of homosexuality, why it leads to shame over one's identity, and how to overcome it

In The Velvet Rage, psychologist Alan Downs draws on his own struggle with shame and anger, contemporary research, and stories from his patients to passionately describe the stages of a gay man's journey out of shame and offers practical and inspired strategies to stop the cycle of avoidance and self-defeating behavior. The Velvet Rage is an empowering book that has already changed the public discourse on gay culture and helped shape the identity of an entire generation of gay men.

Lasting Love At Last: The Gay Guide To Attracting the Relationship of Your Dreams

In the era of mobile apps, the gay dating census (aka #BaeBuffet) is literally in the palm of your hands. But how do you sift through all the digital smoke and glitter to find a heart of gold? Enter certified matchmaker and love coach, Amari Ice, and his twelve-step RELATIONSHIP Process. In Lasting Love at Last, the gay relationship guru will show you:

How to attract lasting love in as little as ten weeks

How to recognize and neutralize what’s sabotaged your past relationships

The reason most relationships fail

The difference between not being ready for a relationship and being scared of commitment

What you actually need from a partner in order to be happy

How to guarantee you only invest in someone worth your time, energy, and love

And much, much more
 

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