A Place in the Kingdom: Spiritual Insights from Latter-day Saints about Same-sex Attraction

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This book is a collection of personal essays from members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who have personally witnessed the significance of same-sex attraction (SSA) in their own lives or in the life of someone they love. The essays in this book detail the insights and experiences of LDS men and women who desire to follow the gospel when caught in the tug of war between obeying Christ's commandments or pursuing homosexual behavior. These stories speak of real charity--the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ--and compassion given by the rescuing hands of Christ and his followers.

This book was compiled with one heartfelt desire: to grant comfort and insights to the many, many thousands of Latter-day Saints who feel alone and desperate in their struggles with same-sex attraction. A secondary motive of this book is to invoke greater compassion toward their brothers and sisters with same-sex attraction.

The editors attempted to underscore two main themes in this work. First, SSA (or any trial in life) does not have to rob us of life's happiness; we can all find inner happiness, even when we are human and struggling. Second, developing a personal relationship with God and Jesus Christ is critical to our inner happiness; peace comes from God's presence instead of adversity's absence.

Twenty-four authors contributed the book's twenty-six essays. Essay demographics: 15 essays by men with SSA, 2 essays by women with SSA, 4 essays by spouses, 3 essays by parents, and 2 essays by friends about someone with SSA.

It is important to note that he book is a grassroots project. Each essay came strictly from the author's honest heart.

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"The book is everything I hoped it would be. I bought a copy at the Evergreen conference and I could hardly put it down! The overall tone is one of hope, of faith, of love for and from the Savior. The Church is not bashed--though the ignorance of some members is exposed. Essays are not sugar-coated promises of easy cures, nor are they dark, brooding pleas for the Church to accept lower standards of behavior. Really, I am so impressed. Satan didn't want the book published, and I can see why."

"This book is unprecedented in its style and message and provides insights that no other work has done with equal clarity before. It provides a broad perspective of the issue via the stories of those who have struggled with SSA, as well as spouses, parents and friends. The book helps people relate to the pain of the struggle and the indescribable joy of experiencing success in dealing with the problems."

"Though the topic of the book is same-sex attraction, the insights shared could easily be applied to other conditions." -- Publisher Comments

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