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After decades of bouncing between hope and despair, Evangelical, Baptist-raised Julie Rodgers found herself making a powerful public statement that her former self would have never said: ""I support same-sex marriage in the church."" When Rodgers came out to her family as a junior in high school, she still believed that God would sanctify her and eventually make her straight.
Wanting so intensely to be good, she spent her adolescent and early adult years with an ex-gay ministry, praying for liberation from her homosexuality. In Outlove Rodgers details her deeply personal journey from a life of self-denial in the name of faith to her role in leading the take-down of Exodus International, the largest ex-gay organization in the world, to her marriage to a woman at the Washington National Cathedral. Through one woman's intimate story, we see the larger story of why many have left conservative religious structures in order to claim their truest identity.
Outlove is about love and losses, political and religious power-plays, and the cost to those who sought to stay in a faith community that wouldn't accept this. Shedding light on the debate between Evangelical Christians and the LGBTQ community--a battle that continues to rage on in the national news and in courtrooms across the country--this book ultimately casts a hopeful vision for how the church can heal.
Author: Julie Rodgers
Paperback Published 6 October 2021 224 pages
"Julie Rodgers's wisdom, clarity, and voice have been saving lives for a long while. Outlove will heal broken hearts, families, and entire communities." --Glennon Doyle, author of the #1 bestseller Untamed and founder of Together Rising
"Julie's personal story is a wake-up call for anyone who believes that the harmful practice of conversion therapy is a thing of the past. Her journey will give you hope for who we can become and will inspire you to be a larger part of an overdue urgent movement for change." --Cory Booker, US Senator, former Democratic presidential candidate
"Brave, candid, beautifully vulnerable--this book is a gift, and so is Julie. Her journey hasn't been easy, yet her courageous witness and inspiring perseverance beckon us back to the healing beauty of God's irrepressible love." --Jeff Chu, author of Does Jesus Really Love Me? and co-curator of Evolving Faith