Monday, October 15, 2012
Book Review - The Cross in the Closet
Timothy Kurek, raised within the confines of a strict, conservative Christian denomination in the Bible Belt, Nashville, Tennessee, was taught the gospel of separation from a young age. But it wasn't long before Timothy's path and the outside world converged when a friend came out as a lesbian, and revealed she had been excommunicated by her family. Distraught and overcome with questions and doubts about his religious upbringing, Timothy decided the only way to empathize and understand her pain was to walk in the shoes of very people he had been taught to shun. He decided to come out as a gay man to everyone in his life, and to see for himself how the label of gay would impact his life. In the tradition of Black Like Me, The Cross in the Closet is a story about people, a story about faith, and about one man's "abominable" quest to find Jesus in the margins.
About the Author
Timothy Kurek, a Portland, Oregon based author and speaker is tackling some of the front burner issues of our day. His unrestrained style of immersion lends a uniquely empathetic perspective, engaging his audiences with empathy, humor, and refreshing candor.
My Take on the Book
I am always a sucker for a good ethnography, and in this book, I have to say that I was quite impressed to see how well he was able to change his existence to truly get immersed in a whole new culture. What was great about this was that he was able to come to a much stronger understanding of what a gay man goes through in his day to day life. For any heterosexual this would be a complete change to their daily existence and I appreciated not only the fact that he went though this, but also that he shared his experience with the readers of his book. The book was eye-opening and the topics that are raised will challenge all readers. I highly recommend this book to all!
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