Rosaria Butterfield knits. Once a committed lesbian, she empathizes with those in the grips of same-sex attraction; her compassion abounds. In her new book Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ [20 quotes], we benefit. Rosaria Butterfield, Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ. Crown. Terms like same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gay Christian are part of the discourse of daily life; yet enormous controversy surrounds them. Openness Unhindered is a sequel to Rosaria Butterfield’s book Confessions of an Unlikely Convert in which she.


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Openness unhindered not only goes to great lengths to clarify some of today's key controversies, she also traces their history and defines the terms that have become second nature today--even going back to God's original design for marriage and sexuality openness unhindered found in the Bible.

She cuts to the heart of the openness unhindered and points the way to the solution, which includes a challenge to the church to be all that God intended it to be, and for each person to find the true freedom that is found in Christ.

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Another openness unhindered chapter is the one on Christian community. Here Butterfield describes how their family's hospitality toward neighbors and church members became a closely woven safety net for all involved.

This was a great read! Though I did find the theological chapters a bit of a slog Butterfield was a university professor in her former life and in plumbing these challenging topics comes across somewhat professorialfor the most part Openness unhindered enjoyed the book and learned a lot.

Here are some of my favorite quotes: My personal experience must be surrendered because it cannot reach back to God's eternal and transient history I cannot find my identity in what I have done.

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I can only find my identity in what God has done and is doing p. One of the beneficial aspects of Openness Unhindered is vivid openness unhindered such as this were theological sensitivity undergirds realistic depictions of the 'heart work' of sanctification.

That heart work, however, is not separated from lived experience but openness unhindered gaining God's perspective on it. The challenge for the Christian, according to Butterfield, is submitting our past and present experience to God's perspective as revealed in Scripture.


Part of the process of sanctification is submitting the "body memories" of sin that still claim our attention to the blood of Christ, so that their grip on us is openness unhindered loosened by love openness unhindered Christ p.

When this is done, there is a dislodging of our "allegiance to sin" even if "temptations may well live long" p. The key is understanding that though temptation patterns may linger in the midst of our sanctification, they do not rule and they do not define.

What is more, now that our 'true self' openness unhindered anchored in Christ, we should never claim our deepest desires as somehow emerging openness unhindered our 'old self' immersed in sin.

The impetus for Butterfield writing this book came from this heart of understanding sin, repentance, and sanctification. And what she models in her own life is that old practices - the memory of which never completely leave us this side of glory - not only need to be repented of; new practices need to take root that remind and confirm we are no longer the captains of our souls but, rather, are subjects of the King.

Thus, openness unhindered feast at the King's table regularly by reading His will in Scripture, pleading for His help in prayer, worshipping Him regularly both in private and corporately with His people, and communing deeply through hospitality.

Sanctification is about becoming very unsentimental about sin, which involves owning it and killing it through repentance, while establishing persistent and obedient practices in our experience that confirm our identity in the risen Openness unhindered.


Openness Unhindered is fundamentally about sanctification and new life in Christ. Here, the Christian life is depicted in terms of battle, yet a battle that can be endured and, in the end, won because God arms us by the Holy Spirit and Christ stands with us in the battle.

Powerful Language and Critical yet Constructive Engagement I have stayed silent until this point on the exact details of Butterfield's sinful past even though there is a good chance you are already aware of it due to her justified exposure in the reformed evangelical world.

This has been intentional so that the potential reader of Openness Openness unhindered can gain the sense openness unhindered this book is for everyone, and not merely those who do battle with "unwanted homosexual desires" p.

But because we live in a culture that is confused over both the practical and ideological aspects of homosexuality, and Butterfield has such informed and perceptive thoughts on related issues, it would be a openness unhindered not to highlight these aspects of her work.

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Starting in chapters four and five, Butterfield explores the roots of the 'sexual-orientation' phenomenon and how some Christians are basing an aspect of their identity in openness unhindered unstable category.

The influential ideas of Freud that emerged from German Romanticism shifted Western culture's understanding of personhood from one where we are made in the openness unhindered of God to one where our foundational sexual drive defines us.

Sexuality moved "from a verb practice to noun peopleand with this grammatical move, a new concept of humanity was born--the idea that we are oriented or framed by our sexual desires" p. In light of this, Butterfield asks the crucial question: That is to say, do the categories of self-understanding revealed in Scripture provide enough description to envelop who we truly are, or must we add on further modifiers supplied by contemporary culture's sexual lexicon?

This is where Butterfield's helpful discussion of "gay Christian" comes in. Whatever one's good intentions, she contends the "meaning and interpretation of words in context of grammar and syntax transcend our good intentions" p.

Adjectives like 'gay' and 'queer' when appended to nouns modify, which means words - such as Christian - are limited or reduced.

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