Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America by Mel White

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  • Pub. Date: April 1995
  • 352pp
  • Sales Rank: 462,287
     
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    • Pub. Date: April 1995
    • Publisher:Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
    • Format: Paperback, 352pp
    • Sales Rank: 462,287

    Synopsis

    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.

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    White, a former ghostwriter for such prominent Christian conservatives as Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and Oliver North, details in this melodramatic, sentimental but absorbing autobiography his own troubling, yet ultimately empowering acknowledgement of his homosexuality. White's account of his futile attempts to deny or ``cure'' his desires--through life as a husband and father, through prayer and self-denial, even through shock therapy--is affecting if overdrawn; more interesting is his success in finally reconciling his faith with his sexuality. Such a reconciliation rested in part upon White's recognition that only through distorting the Bible can one find prohibitions against homosexuality there. That White himself, while still closeted and struggling, worked for those most responsible for perpetuating such disinformation is one of the more pungent ironies in the book; it is startling to read that Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell's agitprop denunciation of ``perverts'' purportedly overrode his nobler impulses towards tolerance and compassion. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Apr.)

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    Biography

    Mel White is a writer, filmmaker, and former ghostwriter of books, authobiographies, and speeches for Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Jim Bakker, and Oliver North. He is the author of such inspirational bestsellers as In the Presence of Mine Enemies and Tested by Fire. Presently, Dr. White serves as the National Minister of Justice for the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches from his position as Dean of Dallas's Cathedral of Hope (M.C.C.), the largest gay and lesbian church in the world. He and his partner, Gary Nixon, live in Dallas, Texas.

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    Faith is recoveringby Anonymous

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    March 24, 2006: Mel's book is enthralling. It made me feel so many things: empathy, fear, shock, but hope as well. He writes with the honesty and detail of a person who has truly had a difficult, even traumatic life. It's not propaganda or an agenda. It's a picture of a man and God bridging a painful gap between each other. The story is also educational, by explaining how the issues surrounding homosexuality have been used by powerful leaders of the religious right to make money and gain political influence. Meanwhile, there are vivid recollections of people in Mel's life who died or severely harmed themselves because of the religous right's hateful rhetoric. It is also very enlightening about the very root of this battle, the question of choice in one's sexual orientation. This book is a must-read for anyone with even the slightest interest in what it's like to be gay and Christian in America.

    This book deserves more than 5 starsby Anonymous

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    March 10, 2003: I recommend this book to anyone who feels alone in the world. This book will show you that your not, that other people are going through the exact same thing. This book brings hope and helps ease the lonely feelings. I loved every page of it.


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