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Born Again This Way

Coming out, coming to faith, and what comes next

By Rachel Gilson, foreword by Sam Allberry
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A rich portrayal of living a fulfilling life as same-sex attracted Christian while being faithful to the Bible's teaching on sexuality.

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In this powerful and personal book, author Rachel Gilson describes her own unexpected journey of coming out and coming to faith... and what came next. As she does so, she addresses many of the questions that Christians living with same-sex attraction are wrestling with: Am I consigned to a life of loneliness? How do I navigate my friendships? Will my desires ever change? Is there some greater purpose to all this?

Drawing on insights from the Bible and the experiences of others, Born Again This Way shows that it is possible for same-sex attracted Christians to live fulfilling lives while being faithful to the Bible's teaching on sexuality. It will provide assurance and encouragement for Christians with same-sex attraction, and paints a compelling picture of discipleship for every believer.

Whatever your sexuality, this book is an inspiring testimony of how a life submitted to Jesus will be fulfilling and fruitful, but not always in the ways we might expect.

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  • Welcome
    1. Unexpected Birth
    2. Unexpected Vision
    3. Unexpected Options
    4. Unexpected Ministry
    5. Unexpected Relationships
    6. Unexpected Marriage
    7. Unexpected Celibacy
    8. Unexpected Blessing
    9. Unexpected Identity

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Contributors Rachel Gilson, Sam Allberry
ISBN 9781784983901
Format Paperback
First published March 2020
Dimensions 5.3" x 8.5" x 0.5"
Weight 7.20 oz
Case quantity 66
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company

Jon Bloom

Co-founder, Desiring God; author of Not By Sight

I thank God for Rachel Gilson. She has written a book that is both a biblically faithful and a very personal explanation of and rationale for what the Bible says about human sexuality. She writes to all of us, but especially to those who deal with the pain and confusion of same-sex attraction and sexual dysphoria. She knows this pain from the inside. So while she addresses these issues with theological carefulness, she does so with tremendous compassion, helping us to see that God’s design for sexuality really is very good, merciful news.

Rebecca McLaughlin

Author, Confronting Christianity

This is a brilliant book by a remarkable writer with an astonishing story and a decade of theological training. It offers no glib before-and-after narrative, but is a practical guide for sinners—same-sex attracted and otherwise—who dare to believe that Jesus is the best lover. I wish I could have given it to my younger self.

Collin Hansen

editorial director of The Gospel Coalition and author of Young, Restless, Reformed: A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists

This book is worth reading just to learn about and rejoice in God’s work through Rachel. But the book offers so much more, with rich biblical reflection on identity, marriage, singleness, romance, friendship, and more. Rachel’s honesty and clarity make this book useful for sharing in so many diverse contexts, whether you’re wanting to investigate Jesus and his gospel or you’re leading in the church.

Independent reviews

What If God Doesn’t Take These Feelings Away?

Jason Park, Medium, July 1, 2020

I encourage you to buy and read this book, even if you think you will disagree with some of it. Christians will benefit from thinking about how they can help those they know with same-sex attraction, and non-Christians can understand Christian beliefs better from a non-combative point-of-view.... continue reading


Book Review: Born Again This Way

Thomas Creedy, Thomas Creedy, July 28, 2020

Of the making of many books about the conversation and interaction between Christianity and sexuality there is no end in sight – though this one is somewhat unique in that it is written by a woman. It’s also got a foreword by Sam Allberry, who is a pioneer in this space (and recently wrote the brilliant Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With?), and has been commended by some people I really respect.

Naturally, I didn’t want to like it.... continue reading

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