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God Believes in Love

by Bill Biss
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Monday Jun 17, 2013
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Have an open mind and heart and discover or reaffirm the tried and true meaning behind the words "compassion" and "empathy." IX Bishop of New Hampshire and author of "God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage" Gene Robinson, offers his learned affirmations and hard-earned respect on the windy road to acceptance, tolerance and understanding of same-sex relationships and their counterpoints in the world-view of what is acceptable based on religious teachings.

A divorced father of two children who still has a solid and caringly realistic ex-wife, Robinson knows first-hand the tribulations of emotions, pain, self-deprecation and most importantly, the faith required in being true to himself and his sexuality as a gay man. Currently married and emotionally at peace in a partnership of "husband and husband" for four years with twenty-five years and counting in their love for each other, Gene Robinson is also the first "out" gay man elected to the episcopate... these credentials speak and ring true through his tremendous life experiences and his strong spiritual wisdom.

"God Believes in Love" is far from an intense read as Robinson has a natural, easy-going and even at times, humorous opinion on the simple yet-at-times so hard to fathom belief of "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." In the reasonable and just under 200 page book, he breaks it down theologically in past and present terms, discusses the common knowledge in the shifting change in society and the roadblocks of a generational and current ideology as to what is "naturally" right and what is abnormal in regards to the person you choose to love and with whom you have sexual relations.

Bishop Gene Robinson displays a tremendous amount of faith and inspiration as he dives in head-first into understanding the importance and real truths of gay marriage while also not turning a blind eye to the reality of strong and opposing viewpoints of the impact of acceptance or lack thereof... on society in general. As broad of a stroke as beliefs cover and as simple as a "yes" or "no" answer, Robinson truly presents a learning tool of concrete ideas and ideals which, though not as simple as "paint-by-numbers," provide a strong and sturdy road to understanding the oppression, history and religions involved in what is happening right now. The judgment by The United States Supreme Court is a monumental one with either a step forward or a step back... while you are doing your best to "balance" this decision, Gene Robinson does more than offer a "hand" he offers his heart and strength along the way in "God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage."

"God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage"
Gene Robinson
www.vintagebooks.com
$15.

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