Nov 26, 2022
The Cross in the Closet
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[PDF] Download ✓ The Cross in the Closet : by Timothy Kurek, The Cross in the Closet, Timothy Kurek, 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 overcomeTim [PDF] Download ✓ The Cross in the Closet : by Timothy Kurek - The Cross in the Closet, 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 l

  • Title: The Cross in the Closet
  • Author: Timothy Kurek
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[PDF] Download ✓ The Cross in the Closet : by Timothy Kurek, The Cross in the Closet, Timothy Kurek, 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 overcomeTim

[PDF] Download ✓ The Cross in the Closet : by Timothy Kurek - The Cross in the Closet, 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 l

Emma Sea

Straight, white, Christian pretends to be gay for a year, gets a book deal.I am having some complex feels about this.edit 3 Sept 2015Having read the book, I can see Kurek is just so darn young when he did this 21 22 that pretending to be gay for a year seemed like an awesome idea to him, and he had absolutely no frame of reference in which to understand the deeper ramifications of what he was doing He does at least seem to be honest about his own prejudices around anything that is not Southern A [...]


I really wanted to like this book because it seemed at first glance anyway a courageous effort on the author s part But I ended up disliking it, for two major reasons.This seems like an honest book, sometimes painfully so I also think Mr Kurek is sincere in his desire to understand people he used to hate as well as why he was taught to hate them I don t doubt the journey.The first reason for my dislike is that Mr Kurek is almost obsessive in his reminders to the reader that he s not actually gay [...]

Lauren Hidden

I am a married woman, and I haven t been a churchgoer for years I loved this book A former member of a very conservative Christian church, I never could understand why gays were so ostracized by our church and so many others Knowing many gay men and lesbian women over my life, I never bought into the theory that your sexuality is a choice Of course, acting on it is, I suppose, but I don t believe you can control what gender s you are attracted to This was such a great idea for a memoir, and very [...]


If I had an unlimited supply of money I would order this book by the case and pass it out to everyone I know Timothy Kurek s account of his year living with the label Gay is one of the most powerful testimonies I have ever encountered of the reality of God s continuing ability to change hearts and minds about the Other as well as a powerful rebuke to those of us within the Christian church about how we treat those with whom we disagree In the tradition of Black Like Me , Tim s immersion in the G [...]


As soon as I heard about this book, I couldn t wait to get my hands on it Tim Kurek s book, The Cross in the Closet, is a book I have been spreading the word about since I read the very first page It is the story of how Tim went from being a Devout Christian who was very anti gay to a fierce LGBTQ advocate in 12 months by simply having the courage to question his religious upbringing, and the compassion to walk in the shoes of the people in the LGBTQ community starting with coming out to his fri [...]

Elliot Ratzman

Will gays loving, suffering, blessing show us how to be Christian In the tradition of undercover experiments like Nickel and Dimed, Black Like Me and People of the Abyss, Tim Kurek, a young Southern conservative Evangelical, decides he is going to experiment with the experience of being labeled gay for year This is no light hearted My gay year Tim comes out to his family, leaves his church and foreswears girls He takes on a boyfriend , works in a gay coffeehouse and protests with Soulforce, the [...]

Janice Eastburn

I have read a lot of LGBT literature in my time both fiction and non fiction This book is one of the most powerful I have read Timothy Kurek, the author, is a heterosexual man who was raised in conservative Christianity He was raised to hate and shun gay people and admits to his own entrenched bigotry When a friend comes out to him and tells him that her family has disowned her, it challenges Timothy s belief system He then embarks on a year long journey to learn what it is like to be gay He liv [...]


Hmmm, I ve seen this one flying around today on my notifications, but not sure what to make of it As others have said, I can t decide whether to be impressed with the guy for walking a mile in anothers shoes and then writing about his experience, or whether to be upset by the deceit throughout the social experiment that he is then selling a book off the back of Some info on this here from the article Emma Sea posted earlier Article Straight Christian Pretends to Be Gay for a Year in Unique Soci [...]

John Kusters

What happens when a very conservative Christian decides to spend a year as a gay man in order to understand the enemy Not unexpectedly, he gains a great deal of insight and becomes a strong ally in favor of equality That s the story told by Tim Kurek in The Cross in the Closet , a book I recommend highly.Tim grew up in a very religiously conservative family in Nashville, Tennessee While attending Liberty University, the largest, private, Conservative Christian college in the US if not the world [...]


The author is an Evangelical Christian living in a conservative part of the United States After some encounters with gay people he met, he realized his own bigotry and decided to embark on a year long experiment where he came out as gay and lived and worked in the local gay community.Kurek is an excellent writer whose prose makes you want to keep reading He doesn t hold back with his feelings and embarrassing moments There is some mention of sex in the book, but it s mild Although he had a beard [...]


Based on this book, Timothy Kurek seems to be a pretty incredible person Raised as a very conservative Christian, he has an epiphany during his college years and decides to confront his hostile and judgmental view of gays He closets his straight nature and comes out as gay to family and friends This serves a dual purpose he experiences the ongoing difficulty of keeping his true nature closeted for a full year, and he is immersed in both the camaraderie of gay culture and the ostracism by people [...]

Shelli Black Rose

As soon as I saw this book reviewed in the news, I couldn t wait to read it It not only lived up to the reviews, it went well beyond what I expected Timothy Kurek was raised in Bible Belt, and brought up in an extremely conservative church He was taught the Christian fundamentals of bigotry and hatred toward anyone that didn t live up to the Evangelical standards But he knew something wasn t right he felt it in his core So he set out to see if he could learn what his inner voice was nagging him [...]


My hat s off to Timothy Kurek whatever your take is on the ethics of his idea, I think it was a pretty bold experiment When I saw the trailer for the book and heard him speak so humbly and eloquently about his experience, I was interested enough to buy it.I m a non Christian lesbian, so I suppose I m not the intended audience for this book I certainly enjoyed reading about Kurek s crisis of faith and his subsequent desire to experience what it is to be the other in a way that most straight white [...]

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What better way to get as close as possible to truly understanding what members of the GLBT community go through than to attempt to replicate the process Tim did a wonderful job of being respectful of the process and emphasizing that he now understands the variations of all coming out stories and experiences He gracefully acknowledges that his story could have been worse and that there are many out there that are worse Aside from the occasional typos and the conversation with his Pharisee, neces [...]

Cheryl Corbin

Initially, when I heard about this book, I was concerned that a social experiment that has gone a gay Why would a minister want to solicit his best big black friend to pretend to be his lover Then I began to read and it proved to be a learning experience for me as well Timothy Kurek makes a powerful statement as a straight man that places his hetero sexual life in the closet so that he can understand how another may live It is not an experiment for the weak at heart but a lesson in learning and [...]


I thought this was a very thought provoking book It certain twisted my world view around especially when it came to my own prejudices against extreme fundamentalist Christians.The biggest compliment I can give this book is it was about religion without being preachy As I am not Christian, I was hesitant to read it because I had feared it would spend a lot of time trying to convert me, but the opposite is true In fact, the author himself comes the realization that proselytizing is not the answer. [...]

Trey Mccain

Northampton, Massachusetts Where I live and work, where I drink and eat, where I walk and gab and play and read I m really starting to like this town Folks are friendly, kind, peaceful Not quick to judge you at face value People seem much less obsessed with their appearance here compared to back home Folks are very comfortable with who they are They don t feel the need to hide behind make up, the right clothes and that bright I m always this happy smile.Of late, my reading selections have change [...]


I saw a very brief piece on CNN about Tim Kurek s book I felt compelled to purchase a copy from immediately Kindle version My first concern with Tim s book was how it might make people who are identified as LGBT feel, having sort of a trespasser or spy among them, thinking he was being authentic with them and later finding that he d lied however good his intentions might have been By the end of the book, that concern had disappeared, probably because that same concern seemed to weigh on his mind [...]

Fr. River

The Cross in the Closet by Timothy KurekThe Cross in the Closet is an excellent book, simliar to Black Like Me in which the author comes out as gay for a year to experience what it is like for L G B T Q s He lived in Nashville and was open and honest about his struggles with discrimination and his own inner struggles with his theology His book underlines how difficult it is for L G B T Q people to be open in their lives and the sacrifices they make It underlines how the Church is one of the key [...]

♞ Pat Gent

I think that this is a book everyone EVERYone should read It s hard for me to rate it, however, because while I think the concept and topic are critical reading for everyone, the writing itself is not terrific It s a book written by a not a writer writer, so it suffers from the limitations of its author But its message is important and the concept behind it is than noteworthy I admire and applaud Tim Kurek for leading us along the pathway the I honestly believe Jesus wants us to travel that of [...]

Christina Lewis

A fantastic idea I first read about this book in an article on salon and had to give it a read I identified with the writer s background, though I didn t have to go through his incredible journey before coming to similar conclusions Anyone who believes being gay is a choice a sin should read this book.The only draw back, and reason I give this book 4 instead of 5 stars, is the terrible editing His editors should have been fired Maybe it s just me who is bothered so much by it, but it went from a [...]


I loved this book I won t synopsize it, as many others have quite adequately done so Author Timothy Kurek is one of the most courageous people I have read about in a very long time He lost so much by living as a gay man for a year yet as a result he gained a deeper and authentic faith I wish that evangelical Christians had the openness of heart and mind that Tim has I hope that many of them will be led to this book, and that through reading it find the courage to truly love their neighbor even [...]

David Bennett

Excellent experiment or life adventure to honestly attempt to understand someone who is totally different from you or maybe just like you This book helped me in my own journey to better understand my daughter and how to relate back to her as she has recently come out I tire of the quickness of people, myself included, to judge someone without hearing their story It s so easy to stereotype people and treat them like they are subhuman instead of seeing through the eyes of the gospel of grace and m [...]

Le Doon

The idea behind this book was relatively interesting but it was very simplistic and the writing was poor with so many typos I think it would have been better if the author took a objective stance than injecting personal emotion into every aspect of this book, turning it into a schmaltzy cringe fest and undermining some of the poignant moments I think it is great to confront some of this issues associated with the conservative churches but I found it hard to finish this book due to the writing [...]


This is a stunning book raw, honest, gutsy Living through the year of his experiment changed Tim Kurek s life reading this might just change yours It has given me a bigger sense of life without prejudice, of accepting and loving people as they are.

Amy Parker

An absolute lifechanger of a book I laughed, I cried, I was completely humbled I plan to do a huge review at some stage, but I don t have time today.

David Meldrum

Take a deep breath.Breathe in A bit Let it out slowly And relax.The gay issue.I told you to relax, didn t I Breathing just that bit faster Teeth and fists clenched Tension rising Breathe deeper.The gay issue.There s the problem, why there s so much tension in churches about this Right there.The clue is in one of those three words the gay issueDid you spot it I lied Sorry.The clue s in at least 2 of the words Maybe a third The the definite article Making it, whatever it is into something defined [...]


This is a gripping, emotional narrative of one man s journey from being a homophobic theocrat to an ally for the LGBT community It contains well written prose that makes the book difficult to put down.I was especially moved by the author s heart rending account of his past flippancy toward his now deceased gay supervisor, Todd This book is partially the author s attempt at making reparations for that incident, and I appreciate the courage it must have taken to include that in the story.The secti [...]

Matthew Bright

The irony of reading this book is that back in November, when I first heard of Tim Kurek, the writer of The Cross in the Closet, my brother, a staunch conservative Christian, removed me from his facebook friends This was prompted by my posting of a video about Tim s book, and later criticizing a website my brother promoting family values an anti gay marriage organization I objected to posting the organisation s website to my newsfeed, and his defence was I have to see all the pro gay ones you po [...]

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