Stranger at the Gate

Stranger at the Gate

To Be Gay and Christian in America

Format
Paperback
Price
$18.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452273818
  • 352 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult

Overview

Until Christmans Eve 1991, Mel White was regarded by the leaders of the religious right as one of their most talented and productive supporters. He penned the speeches of Ollie North. He was a ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell, worked with Jim Bakker, flew in Pat Robertson’s private jet, walked sandy beaches with Billy Graham. What these men didn’t know was that Mel White—evangelical minister, committed Christian, family man—was gay.

In this remarkable book, Mel White details his twenty-five years of being counseled, exorcised, electric-shocked, prayed for, and nearly driven to suicide because his church said homosexuality was wrong. But his salvation—to be openly gay and Christian—is more than a unique coming-out story. It is a chilling exposé that goes right into the secret meetings and hidden agendas of the religious right. Told by an eyewitness and sure to anger those Mel White once knew best, Stranger at the Gate is a warning about where the politics of hate may lead America … a brave book by a good man whose words can make us richer in spirit and much wiser too.

Stranger at the Gate

Stranger at the Gate

Mel White

Praise

“An engrossing journey to unite sexuality with faith. Fascinating … harrowing … a remarkable and important story”
Dallas Morning News

“A courageous and important book … a clarion call for justice and freedom.”
—Malcolm Boyd, Episcopal priest, author of Take Off the Mask

“[Mel White is] perhaps the finest writer I know … a man of integrity and fairness.”
—Jerry Falwell, to Daniel Cattau of the Dallas Morning News

“Compelling …eloquent and compassionate … We learn as much about growing up in the Christian right as we do about gay life in Mel White’s heartfelt and revealing memoir.”
San Francisco

Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter One: In the Beginning – The Ghost of Silence

Chapter Two: Adolescence – The Ghost of Fear

Chapter Three: High School – The Ghost of Loneliness

Chapter Four: College – The Ghost of False Hope

Chapter Five: 1962-64, Learning to Tell the Truth

Chapter Six: 1964-70, Learning About Friendship

Chapter Seven: 1970-80, Taking the First Steps Toward Integrity

Chapter Eight: 1980-81, Facing Reality

Chapter Nine: 1981, Surviving Infatuation and Isolation

Chapter Ten: 1982-83, “It’s Going to Be All Right, Dad!”

Chapter Eleven: 1984-90, Giving Up the Ghost!

Chapter Twelve: 1990-91, One Last Year of Silence

Chapter Thirteen: 1991-93, A Ghost No More!

Chapter Fourteen: 1993-94, Time for Doing Justice!

Appendix: Six Letters to the Religious Right
Author’s Notes, References, and Resources

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