The Way of Hope – Melissa Fisher
Sometimes everyday conversations and what you are reading overlap each other. I have found that when that happens, God is trying to catch my attention – and I’d best watch for the confirmations.
So it is with this book. The Way of Hope deals with the huge “hot button” topic of the relationship between those who are a part of the LGBT community, and the church. My own denomination is having huge and painful dialogue over this very issue. Recently, I’ve been part of no less than 4 conversations with people who have a family member seeking to find their place in the Christian church while living in a same-sex relationships. I’m sure that this is all God-ordained, and I’m still processing what God is wanting me to do with all of these.
Melissa writes from first hand experience. Her writing makes me want to sit down and have a long cup of coffee with her. I love the way she turns a phrase – and within the first chapter I was completely captured by her writing. She also tells her story of having been in a same-sex relationship right away – and bluntly invites the reader to close the book, while at the same time asks them to keep reading.
I found it fascinating that in a time where the church is constantly being told to be “affirming” and not just “welcoming”, Melissa shares that when she decided to go back to church, it was the welcoming and not the affirming that she needed in a congregation.
Through her journey, she gives solid but gentle advice to churches seeking to reach all who would join them in Worship and relationship. I’ve already recommended this to more than a few colleagues. I think if we can approach these conversations with the same care and grace that Melissa does – we’ll continue to see the Kingdom impacted for the Gospel.
Thank you to Graf-Martin Communications and Baker Books for the opportunity to independently review this book.