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Does Jesus Really Love Me? by Jeff Chu

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Does Jesus Really Love Me? A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America is Jeff Chu’s story of his cross country pilgrimage to find how homosexuality and Christianity intersect in our society. Jeff grew up in an evangelical household, and his growing awareness of his homosexuality clashed with his upbringing and his own faith. His parents were distraught after he finally came out to them, and Jeff continued to struggle with merging his faith and his sexuality.

Eventually, Jeff decided to take a trip across the continent to see how various people, denominations, families, and churches were dealing with questions of faith, sexuality and redemption. This journey took him from the Westboro Baptist Church to an MCC church in San Francisco. He interviewed people who decided to live a celibate life, people who were in long term committed relationships, and people who wanted to find a partner. He met people who were still struggling with questions, people who had walked away from the church, and people who felt that the church still had a place for them.

This book tells a moving story of one man’s quest for answers, and the stories of people from many backgrounds who struggle to live according to their faith. Jeff Chu is a good writer, and he tells his stories with compassion, humility and grace. This is a powerful book.

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