Here is where you’ll find more information about the people, places and books that helped me along the way, along with some others for good measure, if you’re interested.
Harvest USA http://harvestusa.org/
This is where I first went for help and found it, many years ago. The ministry is about to celebrate their 30th Anniversary(!) this autumn, 2013. I’m so thankful that they were there for me then, and for the work they continue to do today. They are located in Philadelphia, PA and have branch offices in Pittsburgh, PA and in Chattanooga, TN.
Joe Dallas http://joedallas.com/blog/
Joe Dallas is an author, a ministry director, and a prior president of Exodus International. I like the challenging, insightful, and down-to-earth posts on his blog.
The Hope for Wholeness Network http://hopeforwholeness.org/
If you’re looking for a ministry in your local area, check with the Hope for Wholeness Network. I have not worked with them personally, but I like what I’m seeing on their web site and other internet postings so far.
Living Out http://www.livingout.org/
This is a wonderful website put together in England. Check out the testimony section, as well as the question tab and resources. Tons of great information in one place!
Sy Rogers http://syrogers.com/index.html
Sy Rogers is a fantastic teacher with clear, intense insights into living out a life of integrity before God.
For those coming from or interested in a Catholic perspective, Courage is a great resource.
Beggars Daughter http://beggarsdaughter.com/
There isn’t much support out there focused on women who have struggles in the sexual realm. Here’s some good food for thought from a lady who is honest and real.
This guy has done a TON of work on Christianity – Jesus, beliefs, the Bible, etc. If you want to dig deeper and learn more about the foundations of the faith, check this out.
The Gay Gospel? By Joe Dallas
I find the best apologetic works are often by those who have once been there – who lived lives dedicated to wiping out Christianity (Paul), or arguing for atheism (C.S. Lewis), or promoting pro-gay theology, as in the case of Joe Dallas in this book. It’s worth your time in reading.
Messy Grace By Caleb Kaltenbach
Caleb Kaltenbach was raised by three gay parents – his mother and father got divorced when he was two, his mother going on to live in a devoted lesbian relationship, and his dad coming out as gay later on in life. Caleb came to know Jesus in high school and became a pastor.
Do Ask, Do Tell, Let’s Talk: How and Why Christians Should Have Gay Friends By Brad Hambrick
“Finally, a practical book that helps us engage people as Jesus would! Brad Hambrick captures the heart of what is means to invite into dialogue and relationship people who you might otherwise see as so unlike you that you may not know how to begin a substantive conversation. Do Ask, Do Tell, Let’s Talk teaches the lost art of how to talk with people, draw them out, get to know their story and, therefore, know their heart…all of which makes fertile soil for the gospel to take root and flourish!” ~ John Freeman, President of Harvest USA
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert By Rosaria Champagne Buterfield
An eloquent and challenging account of a woman who lost “everything but the dog” in coming to Christ out of a lesbian identity. Everything she writes is packed full of convicting truth.
Emotional Dependency By Lori Rentzel
A classic little, yet powerful, booklet – outlining what emotional dependency is, and steps to grow out of it. It’s a wonderful tool to help one sort through the fog of enmeshment and into freedom.
Desire of the Everlasting Hills
“Three intimate and candid portraits of Catholics who try to navigate the waters of self-understanding, faith and homosexuality.” This is an excellent film, only 60 min. long, which allows individuals to share their own stories in their own words. Riveting and deep – some of the thoughts each person shared continue to echo in my mind months later.
Just discovered this website – love the search for beauty and truth: http://www.rabbitroom.com/