- Taschenbuch: 217 Seiten
- Verlag: Harvest House Publ (Juni 2004)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0736914706
- ISBN-13: 978-0736914703
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,4 x 20,3 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.607.793 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
101 Frequently Asked Questions about Homosexuality (Englisch) Taschenbuch – Juni 2004
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Mike Haley is the former manager of the Homosexuality and Gender Issues Department at Focus on the Family where he now serves as program director for that ministry s Raising Highly Capable Kids. In that capacity Mike works in communities helping parents raise healthy, caring, and responsible children. He has a BA in Christian Education from Biola University and a MA in Counseling from Liberty University. Mike and his wife, Angie, are the proud parents of two sons and make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado."
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The author made a wise decision to begin by reiterating the danger and folly of labeling (stereotyping) people and making snap judgments. No matter which "side of the issue" we are on, we shouldn't let our assumptions, biases, subjective experiences, lack of understanding or intolerance negate or blindly lead us to ignore, dismiss, attack or diminish another person just because he has sincere (but different) beliefs, values or opinions. We should speak to the other person's humanity. Genuinely make the effort to understand and relate to him or her as an individual.
Here's a breakdown of the content . . .
Answering the Basics (5 questions)
Answers for Families (19 questions)
Answers for Friends (11 questions)
Answers for the Church (8 questions)
Answers for Men (7 questions)
Answers for Women (6 questions)
Answers for Those Desiring Change (9 questions)
Answering Theology (8 questions)
Answering Culture (11 questions)
Answering the Gay Community and Agenda (10 questions)
Answering Science (5 questions)
Answering Your Need (2 questions)
Mike Haley's answers to these four questions in particular impressed me the most:
(1) To what extent should a gay father (living with another man) be involved in the lives of his children?
(2) I have made the decision to leave homosexuality. What do I need to know? What have you seen in the lives of those who are successful?
(3) What is a mentor's role when helping women who struggle with same-sex attraction?
(4) How can I inform my parents that I have embraced my sexuality and am not ready to change? I tried the whole "change thing" for a while, but I'm just not ready. How do I let them know without hurting or offending them?
Also, I was really confused at the beginning of this book because he uses "gender identity" as a synonym for "sexual orientation". Furthermore, he believes that homosexuals suffer from GID (Gender Identity Disorder). Gender identity is 101% different from sexual orientation; not all homosexuals have GID, and not everyone with GID is homosexual.
The research that Mr. Haley offers is, for the most part, outdated. I saw where some of his sources where from as early as the 1950s. Was there nothing more recent to back his claims?
Some of his advice was just plain silly. Like when he was giving advice about how to prevent homosexuality in your sons, he basically says that little boys should shower with their dad! Umm, do I need to say anything further? However, he does not say that little girls should shower with their mothers. We call that a double standard.
I also didn't like how he presented homosexuality. He made it look like the worst thing in the world. He also seems to think that all male homosexuals are feminine and all lesbians are butch. And he makes it sound like "the horrible gays are out to get us!"
So, overall, I'm sorry I waisted my money on this book (I did read the sample first, but I was still curious). Although some parts were amusing. I gave this book 2 stars only because some parts amused me and Mr. Haley does seem sincere.