We’re getting closer to putting a book together…..
A couple of weeks ago I met with Dr. Leonard Allen, director of Leafwood Press, who’s publishing the book I’ve been working on for the last several months.
I’ll never forget the day Leonard asked me if I’d thought about a title for the book.
It was pretty early on in the process, and I didn’t know him very well at that point. I wasn’t quite sure what he’d think. The whole staff was sitting around the room when I said sheepishly, “what do you think of,
‘Loves God, Likes Girls?’”
He sat very still, looking straight ahead, expressionless, as I explained.
“More than anything,” I said, “I want this book to convey two messages. First, to help Christians understand that homosexuality ‘happens’ to men and women who come from good Christian homes, who love God and feel a deep desire to stay connected to their faith.
“That we care about living a life that’s pleasing to God.
“That we’re actively involved in our churches.
“That we’ve grown up in church and can’t imagine not being part of a faith community.
“Many times, though, we’re just very quiet about this aspect of our lives, because we’ve not felt safe to talk about our sexuality among fellow believers.
“I want to dispel the myth that someone who experiences same-sex attraction or identifies as gay must have completely turned away from God and walked away from church,” I continued.
“That’s just not true. It’s certainly not been my experience.
“But more importantly, I want this book to be for anyone who’s ever thought that if he’s gay, he has no place with God. That there’s no room for her in church.
“Because that’s not true either.”
Slowly, a smile came across Leonard’s face.
“I like it,” he said.
We had ourselves a title.
Throughout the next several months, over cups of coffee I found a new friend. A kindred spirit of compassion in this publisher brave enough to take on a greenhorn like me.
Even if it doesn’t sell, I come out way ahead.