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My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus: A Memoir of Sexuality and Christianity by Kelly Barth

Nov 8 2012 19:30
Nov 8 2012 21:00
America/New York

The idea of Jesus as an imaginary friend tiny enough to live in her
heart comforted Kelly Barth as a child and would continue to do so throughout
her life. His unqualified acceptance of her emerging sexuality so
clashed with the fundamentalist church's stand on homosexuality that she
wondered if she could trust his friendship. Instead of embracing her
friend's encouragement, Barth found herself venturing into the very
heart of enemy territory and the church's false promises of altar calls
and sexual cures. For years, she lingered there until all Imaginary
Jesus had been trying to tell her about herself and about life becomes
too compelling to ignore. My Almost Certainly Real Imaginary Jesus
speaks to this disconnect between the radical and very human Jesus of
history and the church's supernatural savior. At once heartbreaking and
hilarious, this book gives voice to the many LGBT people who have
searched for sanctuary in a church that has largely rejected them and,
in so doing, departed from the teachings of the Jesus it claims to

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ISBN-13: 9780980040753
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Published: Arktoi Books, 9/2012

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