Books

Books

Members of ISSI have produced a number of books which can be purchased through the site. They cover issues around Sexual Identity, Sexual Orientation Change Efforts and how the current scientific research into sexual identity affects the discussion in the Church. Use the menu above or links below to see each book and then click on the Amazon link to purchase.

We also produce a number of pamphlets which can be found here.

Books

Left Right

Homosexuality and the Christian

This is a new resource on homosexuality for the Christian. The book looks at various questions that have been asked by people sorting out the complicated questions surrounding the topic of homosexuality, including a Christian perspective on it; what causes sexual orientation; whether sexual orientation can change; why sexual identity is a more constructive approach than focusing on sexual orientation; and more.

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Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study

In 2007, Dr. Stanton Jones and Dr. Mark Yarhouse  published a longitudinal study of whether sexual orientation can change and whether attempts to change sexual orientation are harmful. InterVarsity Press has a number of helpful resources, including the paper that was read when the study was released in Nashville.

The study has been updated recently, and a paper with findings from 6-7 years was presented at the American Psychological Association in 2009.

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Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in the Church’s Moral Debate

How prevalent is homosexuality? What causes it? Is it a psychopathology? Can it be changed? Questions like these often accompany discussions of homosexual behavior. For answers we naturally look to scientific studies. But what does the scientific research actually show? More important, what place should this research have in shaping the church’s response.

Stanton Jones and Mark Yarhouse help us face these issues squarely and honestly. In four central chapters they examine how scientific research has been used within church debates – in particular within Methodist, Presbyterian and Episcopal contexts. They then survey the most recent and best scientific research and sort out what it actually shows. Next they help us interpret the research’s relevance to the moral debate within the church. In a final chapter they make a strong case for a traditional Christian sexual ethic. Each chapter concludes with helpful discussion questions.

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Sexual Identity: A Guide to Living in the Time Between the Times

This book is for the person who is struggling with same-sex attraction and behavior. It was written to be read on its own or in conjunction with a clinician who uses The Sexual Identity Clinic workbook. Written in a moderate tone, this book offers insights into sexuality and sexual identity and how these can be understood in the context of sanctification and redemption. At a practical level, readers will learn ways to track patterns of same-sex attraction, manage their environment, exchange old scripts that have shaped their sexual identity for new, and consolidate gains they have made in their sexual identity and behavior.

The focus of this book is on helping people live in a way that is consistent with their beliefs and values regarding homosexual behavior. It is a practical resource for people who live in what Christians think of as the “time between the times,” when a person knows their victory is secure but anticipates the day then their victory is complete

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Sexual Identity Synthesis

What does it mean to develop a sexual identity? What factors influence such an identity? How does religious identity inform a person’s sexual identity and vice versa? This book answers these questions with an eye for the development and synthesis of sexual identity among Christians who experience same-sex attraction. Those who are interested in the intersection of religious faith and sexual identity will be fascinated to learn about Christians who integrated their same-sex feelings into a gay identity and those who did not.

In Sexual Identity Synthesis, Yarhouse and Tan introduce the reader to these two groups of people, and they allow them to ‘tell their story’. Contrasting concerns about authenticity and righteousness, as well as idolatry and integrity factor into sexual identity development and synthesis, as individuals from a common faith tradition sort out the complexities of how to achieve a level of congruence between how they live and what they believe. Yarhouse and Tan end the book with several practical suggestions for theory, research, and clinical practice. Indeed, scholars, clinicians, and religious leaders will benefit from the experiences of these persons of faith – some of whom identified and other dis-identified with a gay explanatory framework.

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