Bulletproof Faith

A Spiritual Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians
Candace Chellew-Hodge

In an attempt to reconcile LGBT sexual orientation with the Christian faith, Candace Chellew-Hodge has redefined Christianity to be inclusive of all people


Product Description

There is a tendency to pit the forces of traditional religion against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities – particularly in the United States. Many, however, hold strong in their convictions that there is space for reconciliation between the two. Candace Chellew-Hodge, a former journalist, is a UCC pastor who runs the online magazine “Whosoever". In her book Bulletproof Faith,Chellew-Hodge recounts her experiences as a gay Christian seeking a life of integrity hateful opposition. The spiritual survival tips that conclude each chapter serve not only as summaries, but also as direct points of advice for LGBT persons coping with the inevitable conflict between their faith and their sexual orientation. She also includes brief meditation exercises.

Although life for LGBT people has changed drastically over the last few decades, many still struggle significantly to bridge the gaps between the traditional religion they love and their particular orientation. Chellew-Hodge offers a realistic voice of experience filled with compassion and love—not just for her intended audience but also for their attackers. Although some may find her impulse to forgive premature, Chellew-Hodge does not naïvely excuse, much less accept, the abusive language and behavior of antigay Christians.

This is not a book explaining relevant Bible passages and their interpretations, though Chellew-Hodge advocates biblical literacy beyond literalism. Instead, it is a confident, sensible approach to handling the opposition and self-doubt that can undermine a LGBT person's sense of worth and belonging as a Christian.

Bulletproof Faith has been commended by the likes of esteemed figures including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and should really be required reading for any individual hoping to enter into a conversation on the intersection of these two forces.

User reviews

Is Faith Bulletproof?

By Melissa Hanson, Mobile, AL

Can I just say that I loved Bulletproof Faith. As a gay Christian, I've always kept an eye out for a book which properly relates my own experience within the Christian faith and Candace Chellew-Hodge has done just that. Since first reading this book I've shared it with many of my close friends and family, just as a way to explain where I'm coming from. By no means is Bulletproof Faith just for GLBT readers, this book has so much to offer anyone who has ever felt the need to challenge their own faith. The author offers amazing insight to how any Christian can become "Bulletproof" in their personal beliefs and their relationship with god, regardless of their situation in life. That's something you don't come by easily these days.