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So, this is a great title, and frankly that’s why I chose this book to review from all of the other choices. I can think if so many things that “Messy Grace” can apply to in my life. That being said, it took me a while to identify with this particular messy grace. As a Christian, I was certainly intrigued when I saw this book was written by a pastor who had gay parents. That’s interesting right?

I felt like the book began by being against Christians, in reality, it told the LGBT Community’s view of Christians. In fairness, it was two member’s view of Christians. Frankly, it was negative, very negative. Honestly, I had a hard time relating. I’ve been around people in the LGBT Community for as long as I can remember. I certainly never hated them or held up signs condemning their lifestyle. So, the beginning took me a while to get through. It just seemed a little out there, or focusing on the worst case scenarios.

Next, it got into truth. I was wondering how this would look after the beginning of the book. The author does quote a lot of scripture. He does condemn the LGBT lifestyle. However, he teaches how to do that through a messy grace. He tells us, as Christians, that our job is to love and not to judge. He says we can be accepting without approving. I agree with that statement. I have family and friends who are part of the LGBT Community; that involvement ranges from people whose every post on fb is about gay pride to people who most don’t know they are gay.

I love the passages about a messy church. He says we need to be accepting to everyone. I agree with that, he says we don’t need a country club church and I believe that as well. He recalls a church he pastored that said his mom wasn’t welcome there. He left that church and I don’t blame him. As a church, we are not to turn people away. We are not to judge people. He says we are to disciple people, and with that, I agree. I think Christians and members of the LGBT Community will take issue with parts of this book. However, at the end of the day, it gets you thinking. He makes good points from both points of view.

I can’t say this is the best book I’ve ever read. As I stated, it took me a while to get through the first few chapters. It is interesting and thought provoking though. Worth a view. Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.