Lesbian spiritual life is explored in two new books this month: a memoir and a novel. They are “For Those Tears I Died” by Marsha Stevens and “Scags at 30” by Deborah Emin.
A popular singer-songwriter shares her dramatic life story, including her lesbian coming-out process and journey into Metropolitan Community Churches. In a lively, first-person style, Stevens-Pino tells how she became what experts call “the mother of contemporary Christian music” and “conservative Christianity’s worst nightmare: a Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, God-fearing lesbian Christian.” At just 16, she wrote a song that went on to become one of the most widely recognized, and translated hymns in Christian circles: “For Those Tears I Died.” Published by CanyonWalker Press.
“Scags at 30” by Deborah Emin.
A woman falls in love with an ex-nun in this new lesbian spiritual romance novel set in New York City in 1981. The story is told through letters written by Scags, an everywoman character who faces big decisions about her life before she turns 30. Her awakening unfolds against current events such as the early AIDS crisis, Reagan’s inauguration and the murder of John Lennon. The book is the third installment in an ongoing series that began with Scags at the ages of 7 and 18. The author is owner/publisher of Sullivan Street Press, an environmentally sound ebook-only company. Published by Sullivan Street Press.
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New in Sept: LGBTQ Christian books “Liberating Sexuality,” “The Secret Love Letters of Saint Paul,” “The Good News About Conflict” and “Faithful Families”
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New in July 2016: LGBTQ Christian books “Transgender, Intersex and Biblical Interpretation,” “Religious Freedom and Gay Rights,” “Holy Women Icons” and “Is It a Boy, a Girl, or Both?”
New in June 2016: LGBTQ Christian books “This is My Body,” “Queer Virtue,” “Mr. Grumpy Christian,” Uganda’s bishop Senyonjo, Mother Juana de la Cruz
New in May 2016: LGBTQ Christian books “Stand By Me,” “Speak Its Name” and “Joan of Arc”
New in April 2016: LGBTQ Christian books “Justice Calls” and “Signs and Wonders”
New in March 2016: LGBTQ Christian books “The Firebrand and the First Lady” and “Space at the Table”
New in Feb 2016: LGBTQ Christian books “Brother-Making in Late Antiquity” and “Two Pews from Crazy”
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