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David Bennett came out to his parents as gay when he was 14 and entered Sydney's active gay community a few years later. In A War of Loves, he shares his growing desire as a gay rights activist to see justice for LGBTQI people, his journey through new age religions and French existentialism, and his university years as a postmodernist - before Jesus Christ showed up in his life in a highly unexpected way, leading him down a path he never would have imagined or predicted.

David had believed he was disqualified from God's love until he encountered that for himself in Jesus Christ. In A War of Loves, he recounts his dramatic story, investigates what the Bible teaches about sexuality, and above all demonstrates the profligate, unqualified grace of God.

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  • 29-09-2020

encouraging testimony to our great God

thanks David for writing your testimony. insightful. As I listen to your story it was like having coffee with a friend. and this friends was sharing how they became a Christian in a real way. not cutting out the difficulties or struggles. nor neglecting to share the goodness of God and the joys.

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Heart Warming

This book is beautifully written, close to poetic. David's account is very open and honest. I found myself tearing up when he describes he's relationship with Christ especially when he was at odds with him. As a Christian I feel less judgmental of the gay community because David explains their perspective and how they view the Christian community and Christianity. He acknowledges the act of homosexuality is not what God intended for man and he bravely lives he's life as a celibate Christian. This book has made me want to seek a deeper relationship with God, it would be beneficial for both Christian and non Christians alike.

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A fantastic read

A real eye opener and amazing testament to the love and power of God. Both challenging and informative.

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  • Daniel Buck
  • 16-11-2018

Just so good

as a straight man this book was great, it challenged my love of scripture and how i love others.

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  • Jeremiah M. Lorrig
  • 11-03-2020

The intersection of LGBTQI and Christianity

The author makes you think. Obviously many will read this because of the shocking and fascinating story. However, what Bennett successfully does is move beyond the narrative to deep and thoughtful analysis of cultural, religious, ethical, and philosophical issues surrounding the interaction between traditional (orthodox) Christianity and the experiences of LGBTQI persons. I admit that some parts made me cry, some made me cringe, and most made me think.

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  • Gina Kjar
  • 15-11-2020

Adding this to my home school curriculum

we will be adding this to our homeschool curriculum. thank you for a concise and clear view of what a true acceptance of gay celibate Christian both endures and finds joy in within the body of Christ. Because of your very important work, many brothers and sisters will feel the love of the body instead of the rejection. I hope my children's generation will do a better job of loving those marginalized by the church than my generation has.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-2020

Amazing

This book for me as a pastor is so helpful! life changing! Recommending this book!

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  • Julie Moya
  • 30-01-2020

Read it so you can refute it ...

The Joshua Harris of LGBTQI has emerged! Wake up Christians! In this book, Mr. Bennett looks at Scripture in a tiny appendix at the end like it's an afterthought. Then, he attempts to draw credibility by his own story of self denial. However, not all self deprivation is Biblical, nor selfless, but an exercise in arrogance. The key is whether it is at the request of God. So, this book should have been Scripture-filled. It wasn't. YouTube Colby Martin. He comes to scary conclusions that Mr. Bennett wouldn't like. But he uses Scripture and applicable culture for 50% or more of the book.

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  • Dre Carey
  • 06-11-2019

Outstanding!!!

Bennett shares his journey, his heart, his studies, his faith and his commitment to God in this an authentic, convicting and inspiring book. I personally was moved much more deeply to be crucified with my Savior in every aspect of my life. His story strengthen and encouraged my own faith, convictions and understanding of the love of God. Thank you so very much.

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  • Lawrie Arias
  • 22-10-2019

A Must Read

I get frustrated listening to all the non LGBTQ people tell all their opinions about how same sex attracted Christian should live, and how they got this affliction, yada yada. It’s SO SO nice, and essential, to read/listen to the words of a same sex attracted gay person who had gone through, and wrestled with God. There are enough opinions out there from people who are talking about groups that are not their own. We all, especially in “the church “ need to hear, and listen, and love most of all.

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  • Joel Balin
  • 23-07-2019

Brave and Sensitive with Biblical Integrity

As much if the world and the church assign bravery to those coming out, Bennett's coming out as a gay, celebate take bravery to another level. As a straight, married, evangelical pastor Inwent From struggling with Bennett's stance on homosexuality to being humbles by hus commitment to Jesus and the scriptures. His heart for God, sacrificial lifestyle and love that embraces all of humanity is a challeging inspiration. A War of Loves is a must read for anyone longing for an honest approach to ministering to, relating to, or experiencing Homosexuality. That includes everyone following or searching for spirituality, and actually, everyone living in our culture.

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  • Kaitlyn Stavreff
  • 24-06-2019

Keep an open mind and open heart

I loved this book. David took pains to be vulnerable and authentic to his faith.

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  • Virna
  • 20-02-2019

Beautiful story of redemption

Thank you for writing this book. Your honesty and courage to share your heart is inspiring. It inspires me to be more committed and intentional to seek the heart of Jesus and to seek the people that he loves.

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  • David S
  • 09-03-2020

An honest account, but with some reservations

This is a book well worth reading, full of honesty and insight into a journey into discipleship. It poses questions about our own journey, and just how committed we are to Christ. There's a risk that this book be seen as a template for other LGBT people to follow, especially since the path he followed will be pleasing to many in today's church. Rather, it is a personal journey with something for everyone entering into a serious relationship with God. David relates considerable levels of dialogue between himself and God: ultimately he heard Him and followed the calling He wanted David to follow. Our callings may be different - we ALL need to listen and respond. Sadly, LGBT people tend to be singled out for criticism, when few in the church respond appropriately. Maybe it's a way of deflecting from our failings. Romans 2 is helpful in this respect! There were a few points in the book which seemed less charitable. David seemed to denigrate less charismatic forms of worship - it may not be for him but people respond to the opportunity to worship in many different ways. He also condemned - by name - some Christian scholars who disagreed with his own conclusions on same-sex marriage. This was unhelpful and rather missed the point I feel. Everyone is drawn into a personal relationship with God and - in the Reformed tradition - through the Holy Spirit we can all come to an understanding of what God expects of us through Scripture. That might be hard for some people, but who said discipleship was easy?

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  • Marie Reavey
  • 23-06-2019

Fantastic book, insightful & inspiring!

David's storey is challenging & inspirational. A must listen book! Whether single, married, straight, gay or anything else this book has something for everyone.

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  • Jonathan
  • 22-04-2019

A must read

Found David’s journey to Christ very inspiring touching and challenging. Jesus desires for ALL to experience His love, unfortunately the church has set barriers that keep people from encountering Christ. My takeaway is that let everyone come to know and experience the love of Christ, Each of us will continue on a imperfect journey of transformation into His image while we are on earth. Only in heaven will our bodies become perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-2019

An important voice for the church to hear

a very challenging, thought provoking and inspiring story of a journey to live for God

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-2019

David is the real deal!

Having met David several months ago, and now having read his book, I have been deeply impacted by his honesty, by his theology and by the touch of God upon him. As a hetrosexual married Christian leader, this book hit many of my prejudices head-on. Particularly in the final two chapters, David nails truth that not only exposed some of those prejudices in me, but which has actually helped me to realise that sins that I have judged members of the LGBTQI community for in the past are actually more present in myself than I would care to admit. The underlying theme of this book (hence the title) is that when we experience a true revelation of the love that God has for us, all other loves and desires become secondary. God's great desire for us all is that we would each encounter His love in such a way that it would inspire and even drive us to lay everything else down for it. As with the parable of the man who sold everything to buy the field in which lay the greatest of all treasures, David is living proof that when we choose to lay down our human dreams and desires, and instead pursue a life of sacrificial love for God, that manifests itself in faithful obedience, we can experience a depth of love that truly satisfies us and that many never find. This book is full of grace AND truth. Not the misunderstood kind of grace that people take as a license to do what they want, but true grace which gives us the power to live a holy life that is pleasing to God. David's example has challenged me to the core and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who genuinely wants to know how to effectively minister to people living in a broken world.

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  • Jon Piper
  • 20-12-2018

A really helpful memoir of a life of discipleship

David's story is told with a depth of honesty that's disarming and rare. Without making the mistake of resorting to cold rationalism, David allows his story to become a biblical theology of experience. This is a generous gift from David.

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