Monday, November 30, 2009

I just finished reading....

"Living in Sin?: A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality by John Shelby Spong. "

Bishop Spong is a leader in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage, and in this book he discusses why the biblical defenses against homosexuality are weak at best. He also talks about the needs for the church to recognize ways of life besides marriage and celibacy. He wants the church to have a "betrothal" ceremony for young adults who want to be committed to each other and live together but who aren't ready to get married.

It was an interesting read, it definitely made me think. I enjoyed reading why the biblical defenses of why homosexuality is wrong are not valid. I'm not a fan of the way the book was laid out, though. The organization of it seemed wonky.

I think the biggest thing I'll be taking away from this book are the reasons why the biblical defenses against homosexuality. I live in the Midwest, and I don't think it's a welcoming environment for LGBQT people. I've had conservative Christians bring stuff like this up to me, and the more educated I am then the better I can defend LGBQT people.

I'm also reading Spong's "Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture". It's really good so far, but I'm having to read really slow to absorb the incredible amount of information he provides.

I'm going to need to read a fun book next, these 2 are wearing me out!

What have you read lately?


  1. Wow, thanks for this post. I am interested in putting this book on my reading list.

    Unfortunately, I haven't been reading anything lately. I go through these stages where I read multiple books in 2 weeks or so and then I stop for months. Not sure why but I just do. I need to jump back on the wagon because it isn't like I don't have a variety of books to read with my 4 1/2 book shelves. I miss reading!

  2. Sounds like a very interesting book. Adding it to my list. I recently finished The Pilot's Wife. I'd had it for a while and finally read it. I couldn't put it down!

  3. I haven't read a book in months! Seems to be on holidays is the only time I can fit reading in. Will be adding this book to my list. Thanks for the recap!

  4. Wish I could say I've read a book lately, but I've just been too busy with school, work and wedding planning!

  5. The last book I read was the time traveler's wife...I wanted to read it before I saw the movie, and it totally turned me off from ever seeing it. Great review, and I agree with the fun book! :)

  6. I need to check out this book. I like to be well informed as well.

    I am one of those weirdo's who hasn't read any of Jane Austen's books. I am starting with Pride and Prejudice.

    I recently just read Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. It had great reviews on Amazon, but I didn't like it all that much.


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