The debate has torn us apart. It's time to come back together.
Nicknamed "God Boy" for his passionate evangelical faith, Justin Lee was outspoken against gay acceptance. But when questions about his own sexuality emerged, Lee discovered that neither he nor his Christian friends and heroes knew how to respond.
TORN is the story of Lee's 15-year journey to understand both sides of the gay debate—from bullied teens to ministry leader scandals, from churches to gay bars—and, ultimately, to find a way to bring us back together. In it, he chronicles the discoveries that shocked him, the stories that broke his heart, and the lessons he learned about what the church is doing wrong and how we can make it right.
TORN is already being praised by gays and Christians, conservatives and liberals, for tackling some of the most divisive questions of our generation and offering both sides an honest, realistic, and compassionate way forward. Published by Jericho Books, TORN is the book for anyone who wants to heal our cultural rift.
About the author
Justin Lee is the founder and executive director of The Gay Christian Network
(GCN), a nonprofit, interdenominational organization working to increase dialogue between gays and Christians and support people on both sides wrestling with related issues.
A passionate Christian from a conservative evangelical background, Justin thought he knew everything there was to know about the Christian approach to homosexuality — until unexpected events turned his world upside down and forced him to reconsider everything he believed. Today, his organization works with individuals, families, and churches to stop the debate from tearing people apart.
Justin's work has garnered national attention and praise from gays and Christians from across the theological spectrum. He has been featured in numerous print, radio, and television venues including Dr. Phil
, Anderson Cooper 360
, the Associated Press
, and a front page article in The New York Times
. He is the director of the 2009 documentary Through My Eyes
about the debate's impact on young Christians, and the co-host of popular long-running podcast GCN Radio
. Justin lives in Raleigh, NC.