Homosexuality and the Christian

A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends

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Trustworthy answers to some of the most difficult questions of our time     

Homosexuality is one of the most controversial topics of our day, and we all need clear, biblical answers that are grounded in love and compassion. As a Christian and a leading expert in the field of sexual identity, Mark Yarhouse provides honest, accurate information about hot-button questions like:
•    What causes homosexuality and same-sex attraction?
•    Can attractions or orientation be changed?
•    What is "sexual identity" and why does it matter?
•    What should I do when a friend opens up to me about his or her homosexual attractions?

 Always keeping in mind the real, hurting people—Christians and nonbelievers alike—who are struggling with the issue, Dr. Yarhouse provides a balanced and accessible look at today's research. He also introduces a new way to think about the topic, carefully separating "same-sex attraction" from a "gay identity." This book provides a much-needed, deeper understanding of homosexuality that will help our churches, our communities, and our families speak the truth in love.


"This valuable book grapples with the core challenges faced by Christian families and churches as they encounter the vexing phenomenon of homosexuality. Yarhouse writes from a solidly biblical foundation, enriched with the best scientific findings of the day and wisdom gleaned from in-depth clinical experience with individuals, families, and churches. His new perspectives on the importance of sexual identity offer creative new insights helpful to Christians struggling with same-sex attraction."
--Stanton L. Jones, PhD, Provost, Wheaton College, and author of Ex-Gays? and the GOD'S DESIGN FOR SEX family sex education series

"Dr. Mark Yarhouse is a trustworthy voice for those who need to consider the complex issue of same-sex attraction. In Homosexuality and the Christian, he provides a clear and thoroughly readable resource that blends biblical understanding, empirical findings, and compassionate regard for the persons who ask these deeply personal questions. His wise answers lead the reader to the heart of the matter."
--Stephen P. Stratton, PhD, Professor of Counseling and Pastoral Care, Asbury Theological Seminary

"Compassionate, research-based, biblical, and practical, this is a sensitive and balanced overview of what we know about homosexuality and people who struggle with sexual identity issues. Dr. Yarhouse cuts through the myths and biases to combine the latest scientific research with real-life case histories and sensitive understanding of the various perspectives on this controversial topic. This is a must-read book for anyone who wants sound guidance and trustworthy information about homosexuality, including its relevance to Christians and the church."
--Gary R. Collins, Richmont Graduate University; School of Psychology and Counseling, Regent University

"Homosexuality and the Christian is the best book I have seen for evangelicals who want an accessible book that provides accurate, research-based information. Written from an evangelical perspective, the author is an authority on the topic of sexual identity and the Christian faith. This well-written book will benefit clergy, laymen, and policy makers alike. I highly recommend it."
--Warren Throckmorton, Associate Professor of Psychology at Grove City College, and Fellow for Psychology and Public Policy at the Center for Vision and Values

The Author

  1. Mark A. Yarhouse PsyD

    Mark A. Yarhouse PsyD

    Mark Yarhouse is the Dr. Arthur P. and Mrs. Jean May Rech Professor of Psychology at Wheaton College, where he also directs the Sexual & Gender Identity Institute. An award-winning teacher, psychologist, and researcher, Dr. Yarhouse has authored numerous...

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