Torn

Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
By Justin Lee (Electronic Book, 2012)
As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed "God Boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events--his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible--that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance.

But more than just a memoir, TORN provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members--or who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that "in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace," Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another.
  • Jericho Books
    • Format: Electronic Book

    • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781455514328

    • On Sale Date: 11/13/2012

    • Publisher: FaithWords

    • Imprint: Jericho Books

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As a teenager and young man, Justin Lee felt deeply torn. Nicknamed "God Boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events--his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible--that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance.

But more than just a memoir, TORN provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members--or who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that "in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace," Lee demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another.

Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network (GCN), a nonprofit, interdenominational organization working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians and support people on both sides wrestling with related issues.

A passionate Christian from a conservative evangelical background, Justin thought he knew everything there was to know about the Christian approach to homosexuality-until unexpected events turned his world upside down and forced him to reconsider everything he believed. Today, his organization works with individuals, families, and churches to stop the debate from tearing people apart.

Justin's work has garnered national attention and praise from gays and Christians from across the theological spectrum. He has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television venues including Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper 360, the Associated Press, and a front page article in The New York Times. He is the director of the 2009 documentary Through My Eyes about the debate's impact on young Christians, and the co-host of popular long-running podcast GCN Radio. Justin lives in Raleigh, NC.
  • "Radiates a genuine concern and belief in progress through slow, personal evolution...Both LGBT individuals and Christians will benefit from the modeling of a kinder, more accommodating navigation of this culture war." (
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  • "Lee's writing is approachable, and he shows compassion for those on all sides of this debate."

  • "Disarmingly vulnerable...poignant..."

  • "The beauty of this book is that Lee wants to challenge all kinds of Christians...Perhaps it is because of so many fights hard won that Lee is now able to move into more nuanced territory in this gracious and grace-filled memoir."

  • "Lee, one of our leading voices on the issues of being gay and Christian, gives us this powerful look at ways that members on both sides of the lines can learn from and grow with each other."

  • "...His book offers helpful suggestions for Christians...[and] helpful suggestions for pastoral counseling..."

  • "Earnest...compelling."


  • "This book is full of three things that are not always much in evidence in our debates on sexuality--fresh air, common sense and manifest love of Christ. What makes it different is that it is not essentially about arguing a case but abut bridging the gaps of understanding and sympathy that (inside and outside the Church) have distorted or muffled the overwhelming miracle of Gods gift in Christ and in Scripture. I welcome it very warmly."

  • "Justin didn't leave the church when he realized he was gay...he has been too determined to show them how much he loves them...This is the story of how one Christian man's faith taught him to accept himself, serve others who are in need, and bridge the gap for those who do not always understand."

  • "In TORN, Justin Lee speaks for so many other gay and lesbian persons' unspoken experiences. This book is not about politics, but a life. I hope people read this book and realize the journey of faith and sexuality is a reality-a reality that the Church, whether they agree or not, must face as a legitimate expression of how LGBT people unnecessarily feel TORN between two worlds."

  • "So many gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people give up on Christianity because they cannot reconcile with who they are, with what they were brought up to believe that the Bible teaches about sexuality. Here is a wonderfully told story of a brave young homosexual man who has struggled to hold onto his faith while still affirming himself as gay. This is a must-read."


  • "Justin Lee has been put through the ringer by the church. Yet, unlike so many others of his generation, he hasn't given up on the church. Instead, he's put a great deal of effort into reforming the church, and he's done so with a virtue that so many lack: hope. If the Christian church is ever to treat LGBT persons the way that Jesus would treat them, then we need to pay close attention to the pages of TORN."

  • "This is the most important book I've read in years, and it will be the first I recommend to anyone interested in bridging the divide between the LGBT community and the church. Justin has given us a precious gift with this story. May we receive it with the same courage and faith with which it was delivered."

  • "Justin Lee's TORN is a wise informative book that's nothing short of a gift. Through both theological and personal lenses, Lee tears the masks off of the gays vs. Christians 'culture war'. An important read for all Christians, TORN shines a bright light on how this polarizing topic is affecting people, the church, and the Gospel of Christ."

  • "In TORN, Justin Lee blends simplicity, clarity, humility, honesty, and vulnerability in a gracious and eye-opening way. The book brings fresh perspectives to old and polarized debates, and it offers a wise and faithful way forward for pastors and other Christian leaders, parents and other family members, not to mention gay men and women themselves. This is the book that every Evangelical, Charismatic, and Roman Catholic Christian should read on the question of homosexuality."

  • "TORN sheds light on one of the most important and divisive issues facing the church.  If you're looking for a deeper understanding on this or are just trying to make sense of the whole debate, this is the book."

  • "With gracious spirit, intelligent sense of proportion and, above all, prayerful and rigorous honesty in pursuing a deeply biblical perspective, Justin Lee engages the churches' latest sad assault against folks they still have failed to hear. What he's lived and learned and written needs to be received with gratitude and given prayerful reflection - not to agree or disagree with this or that, but to listen with the love that fulfills the law and the prophets."

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Torn
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Price: $9.99 US/$9.99 CAN
  • Pages: 256
  • ISBN-13: 9781455514328
  • On Sale Date: 11/13/2012
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