Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for Lgbtq Christians
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About the Author
Amber Cantornais a national speaker, acolumnist forPatheos, and the author ofRefocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God.As a leader dedicated to supporting LGBTQ people throughout their coming out process, Cantorna uses her platform to inspire others and works to dissolve shame, foster self-acceptance, and generate a message of love and inclusion for all.
This is Amber Cantorna at her best! She takes the nitty-gritty experiences that every LGBTQ person of faith experiences and breaks them down in an incredibly accessible way. Everyone who reads this book will leave with a greater understanding of what it is to be queer and a deeper understanding of steps to take that will lead toward wholeness in accepting Gods love for all. Reading it feels like having a personal coach on all things LGBTQ and Christian. Its just so good!
Candice Czubernat, founder and therapist at the Christian Closet
I wish I could go back and give this book to fifteen-year-old me. Amber has expertly consolidated advice born from people who have previously walked this road of faith and coming out. If you find this book in your hands, consider yourself lucky. May it enlighten you on your path.
Matthias Roberts, psychotherapist and host ofQueerology: A Podcast on Belief and Being
Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians is bound to be an enduring addition to the resource shelf for LGBTQ Christians and others seeking to support them. Speaking with the authority of someone who has persevered through her own difficult coming out, Amber Cantorna puts into words the lessons many of us have had to learn through hard-fought trial and error. Whats most compelling about the book is the breadth of wisdom it offers on the coming-out process, from the practical (such as considering ones safety and self-sufficiency before coming out) to the emotional (such as tending to ones own grieving heart in the face of rejection). This book is full of candid advice that is relevant to anyone navigating the challenging season of coming out.
David and Constantino Khalaf, authors of Modern Kinship: A Queer Guide to Christian Marriage
As the mother of a gay son, I wish my child would have had Unashamed when he came out. With practicality, compassion, and wisdom that comes from personal experience, Amber Cantorna broaches coming out in a way that no other book has done. As both a mother and the leader of Free Mom Hugs, I will most definitely recommend this book to all LGBTQ Christians who are on the journey of embracing their deepest, truest selves.
Sara Cunningham, founder of Free Mom Hugs and author of How We Sleep at Night: A Mothers Memoir
Amber Cantorna has done it again. After the success of her book Refocusing My Family, Amber has returned with a practical, readable guide to the challenges of living authentically. In Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians, Amber speaks with the wisdom of someone who has lived through the kind of shame only evangelicalism can impart. For those with the courage to let the world know who they are, Unashamed will guide you, lovingly and competently, one step at a time.
Paula Stone Williams, Pastor, TED speaker, LGBTQ advocate
As the gay, closeted son of a Southern Baptist pastor, I didnt think Id ever come out. It was too scary. But in mylate 20s, I began toplan my coming-out process. I was paralyzed with fear. I had no guidance, no resources, and very little confidence. I felt like the only person in the world whod gone through this.Thanks to Amber Cantornas book Unashamed, no closeted Christian LGBTQ person should ever have to feel that way again. This book clearly and practically lays out a set of best practices for people who want to come out but arent sure how.Coming out is never easy, but, thanks to Amber, it just got a whole lot easier.
B. T. Harman, creator of the blog and podcast Blue Babies Pink