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Review: Almodóvar’s “¡Átame!” (“Tie me Up! Tie me Down!”, 1990)

Review: Almodóvar’s “¡Átame!” (“Tie me Up! Tie me Down!”, 1990)

Dec 24, 2015

Leave it to Pedro Almodóvar to direct a film that would lead to a change in the American movie rating system. In his 1990 film Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (the name is improved in translation from the plain Spanish “Tie me!”), things got so hot that the MPAA wanted to give the film a “X” rating. As the film is far from pornography, the studio handling the...

Review: “My Exodus” by Alan Chambers

Review: “My Exodus” by Alan Chambers

Oct 8, 2015

My Exodus: From Fear to Grace by Alan Chambers Zondervan, Sept. 2015 224 pages   Alan Chambers’ newly released book, My Exodus: From Fear to Grace, written with his wife, Leslie, is self described as “ . . . simply our story. It’s a story about our parents, our childhood, our coming of age, our marriage, and our journey out of a system of beliefs driven by...

Review: “How We Sleep at Night” by Sara Cunningham 

Review: “How We Sleep at Night” by Sara Cunningham 

Oct 1, 2015

How We Sleep At Night: A Mother’s Memoir by Sara Cunningham CreateSpace Independent Publishing, Oct 2014 144 pages I came out to my mom a few years ago. She appeared pretty stoic when I broke the news to her, and thankfully she accepted me just as I am. Occasionally I can’t help but wonder what might have gone through her mind. Was she just as calm inside...

You Belong

You Belong

Sep 23, 2015

    Introducing Susan Cottrell’s new book, True Colors – Celebrating the the Truth and Beauty of the Real You. “Every person deserves a place to belong, to be loved, to be whole. I long to offer you that place. And so here it is, just for you. ‘True Colors’ is for healing with others, healing with God, and healing with yourself.” –...

“Rumplepimple” – An interview with Suzanne DeWitt Hall about her new children’s book

“Rumplepimple” – An interview with Suzanne DeWitt Hall about her new children’s book

Jun 29, 2015

“Rumplepimple” by Suzanne DeWitt Hall   What motivated you to publish “Rumplepimple”? My wife Diane and I have been lifelong dog owners, but when we adopted a tiny wire fox terrier pup named Charlie, we didn’t know what hit us. Terriers are like no other dogs, and he is no exception. We found ourselves experiencing new adventures almost daily,...

“The Power of Not” – Excerpt from Shawn Thomas’ new book

“The Power of Not” – Excerpt from Shawn Thomas’ new book

Jun 1, 2015

The Power of Not: Positive Results from Negative Affirmations by Shawn Aaron Thomas. Aaron’s Rainbow Project, 2015.   What is The Power of Not? I discovered the Power of Not, ironically, from what it is not.  It is not a positive affirmation. There is a popular concept in modern self-help, new thought, and some spiritual practices called positive...

“My Boethius” – Excerpt from A.W.Strouse’s new book, “My Gay Middle Ages”

“My Boethius” – Excerpt from A.W.Strouse’s new book, “My Gay Middle Ages”

May 22, 2015

After we had been living together for three years, Jason started saying that he wanted to get to know me better. The two of us were already sharing a bed, a bank account, and a wardrobe, so I didn’t really know what he was talking about. I tried to make an effort and began by discussing “The Nun’s Priest’s Tale,” from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. It’s about this...

Review: “The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision” by Kittredge Cherry & Douglas Blanchard

Review: “The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision” by Kittredge Cherry & Douglas Blanchard

Mar 28, 2015

The Passion of Christ: A Gay Vision. Text by Kittredge Cherry. Art by Douglas Blanchard.   It’s a bit shocking at first – at least to an evangelical believer, even a gay one. The title itself almost slaps you in the face, first luring you with familiar religious tones, then almost sneaking in the punch: “The Passion of Christ: a Gay Vision.”  Half of you...

Review: Kathy Baldock’s “Walking the Bridgeless Canyon”

Review: Kathy Baldock’s “Walking the Bridgeless Canyon”

Oct 15, 2014

Author and LGBT ally Kathy Baldock takes a comprehensive look at the historical and cultural layers of misunderstanding about homosexuality and gender non-conformity — and why they need to be peeled back for good. Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach between the Church and the LGBT Community is grounded on author Kathy Baldock’s kindness...

Music Review: Shawn Thomas, “In Between the Shades of Gray”

Music Review: Shawn Thomas, “In Between the Shades of Gray”

Sep 23, 2014

Imagine going through life questioning who you are or who you’re supposed to be. What’s right, what’s wrong, always wondering if God is with you?  Looking for answers, questioning your faith, waiting for someone to help you find your way? Looking for signs of spiritual life, or looking for something to ground you to keep you from spiraling helplessly out of...