My good friend, Darren Sutton reviewed my book for Group Magazine. Darren is an author himself: Two Sides and Everyone’s Called to Youth Ministry. He’s also a veteran youth worker, contributor to Group Magazine, and an average-joe I look up to a lot. Darren’s review follows …
WHAT IT IS: A book guiding youth workers, parents, and teenagers in reaching out to the gay student community.
THE SCOOP: If you’re looking for a theological perspective on homosexuality—or a book that will declare, once for all, the “rightness” or “wrongness” of being gay—this is the wrong book for you.
But if you’re looking for a resource that will help you, your volunteers, your staff team, parents, or students relay unconditional acceptance to students who are grappling with their sexual identity, this book is the one. It offers plenty of practical tips and direct advice from an author who knows the struggle with same-sex attraction firsthand. Harrison does a masterful job at explaining, without cliché, how to love students where they are, for who they are. He discourages judgment and encourages love. He includes counsel for all audiences—students who are gay, parents who have children who are coming out, youth workers who walk alongside families, and even siblings trying to understand what’s happening in their families.
Because this topic is polarizing in the Christian community, people who read it from their decided theological perspectives probably won’t think it goes far enough, one way or the other. But I think that’s the marked beauty of this resource