Adam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor's Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays

Adam's Gift Adam's Gift Duke University Press

Jimmy Creech

Duke University Press, 2011

Creech is a United Methodist minister who finds his preconceived beliefs about homosexuality challenged when faced with the pain of a gay man in his parish who is confronted with the intolerance within the denomination.

The consequences of the author's embrace of lesbians and gays as full, beloved members of Christ's church causes him to lose his ordination standing.  This is a compelling story of the spiritual life story of conversion and sacrifice.

“Eleven years in the making, the author’s valiant, first-person narrative examines the conundrum of religion vs. reason. . . . An inspirational example of unbiased humanitarianism.” - Kirkus Reviews

“’Hero’ is an overused word in our vocabulary today. When I think of heroes, I think of men and women who've risked everything for a cause they believed in, not for pay, not because they were conscripted, and not because it was popular, but because — despite the public ridicule and the certainty that what they were doing would cost them dearly — they followed their conscience. Or in the case of Jimmy Creech, followed their understanding of what Christianity was all about . . . .Great book.” - Independent Weekly

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