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Walking the Bridgeless Canyon

Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community
Narrated by: Kathy Baldock
Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: History, Religious
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In 2001 Kathy Baldock, a straight, conservative evangelical Christian, met Netto Montoya, a lesbian Native American, on the local hiking trails near her home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Their friendship challenged Baldock's cultural and religious beliefs about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. In Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community, Baldock uncovers the historical, cultural, medical, and political filters of discrimination through which the LGBT community is seen. With the foundation firmly established, she examines the most controversial filter of all: what the Bible says about same-sex behavior.

Ten years of research as well as relationships with thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people led to answering important questions:

  • How did history, culture, science, and politics intertwine to create social discrimination against the gay and transgender community?
  • When and why did the conservative Christian community turn their focus on the gay and transgender community?
  • Should Christian fellowship be extended to gay and transgender people? Should civil marriages, or even Christian marriages, be granted to them?
  • What is happening within the LGBT Christian movement today?

Baldock carefully constructs a timeline as she untangles the details of various influences and influencers. Along the way she shares fascinating stories and testimonies enriching the historical journey. Finally, for those who are wondering how they might enter into productive and respectful conversations about the intersection of faith and sexual orientation or gender identity, this book offers the resources and tools needed to make informed and wise Christ-centered choices.

©2014 CanyonWalkerPress (P)2015 CanyonWalkerPress

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  • BenCSeven
  • 13-02-16

One of the best books on this topic

This is a comprehensive book that looks at the historical, scientific, sociopolitical and Biblical/church history aspects of all things LGBT. It is filled cover to cover with detailed anecdotes, personal experiences and stories.

The first third or so of the book not really church-specific, so it is quite disarming for anyone expecting to pick up a book and have arguments arrayed against them. The book also doesn't try to 'convince' the reader per se, but rather tells stories and lets the reader reach their own conclusions.

The earlier empirical chapters are very thoroughly researched; Kathy shows an impressive breadth and depth of knowledge on those topics, yet without becoming tedious. Similarly, the examination of the 'clobber passages' is thorough, but not laboured or excessively long. There are some other books out there that spend far too long on dissecting a few verses.

It is encouraging to hear from someone who is straight, who knows what they are talking about, who is active in supporting LGBT lives, who is strong in their Christian faith (which is important to me), and who is articulate in their expression. Kathy also reads very well (I would recommend 1.25x speed).

There are very few books that I would recommend to a broad church audience - but this is one of them. It is probably one of the best, if not the best, book on this topic that I have read. Well done Kathy, and thank you for your ongoing support of the LGBT community.

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  • Deborah Windham
  • 08-04-15

Outstanding Presentation! Compelling Life Stories!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Highly recommend this book for every person Christian or not!

What other book might you compare Walking the Bridgeless Canyon to and why?

No other book like it!

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Could not have been more blessed by the book's information and the author's outstanding presentation! Kathy Baldock's voice delivers compelling real life stories, including her own personal journey across the paradigm. Kathy includes a wealth of information that Christians everywhere need to come to terms in order to truly to live out Christ's command to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.If you know an LGBT person, or struggle with your own traditional Christian beliefs about LGBT people, don't waste another minute, listen to this book. It could save the life of someone you love and maybe even your own.

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  • K Troy
  • 12-12-18

A “must-read” among LGBTQ Christian books

I’ve read a ton about LGBTQ Christian issues from both affirming and non-affirming points of view and consider this book a must-read. Kathy Baldock does an incredible job pulling together information from history, science, psychology/medicine, theology, and personal relationship stories. This book is both readily accessible to the average reader and still remarkably profound in its depth of insight. You’ll have “aha” / “eureka” moments throughout this book.

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  • Shanan Spencer
  • 03-01-17

Great information

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The information was great, but there were a lot of errors in the editing of the narration.

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  • Hammond
  • 26-08-20

Unique book tackles the history, the assumptions, wounds, and redemption

I will recommend my extended family absorb this important book. Thought provoking, Chapter 3 made me cry to learn of the torture done to gays to try to make them straight. I conveniently ignored my own years of insensitive ignorance until I read about Anita Bryant and the Moral Majority. I have to admit I believed all that stuff! Kathy Baldock tackles the subject from all angles, not just theologically about the six clobber verses. But I especially like how she mapped out how the church can rise up and do what’s right, showing the unconditional love of God. There were a couple audio editing errors that need to be fixed.

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  • Jason D.R.
  • 08-08-20

Essential Reading

I feel as though I have a new expanded paradigm based on facts and reality. That is refreshing. This really should be considered essential reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-01-20

Informative and gut wrenching

As a family member and a friend of LBGT people, I have wrestled with the evangelical church’s stance on gays. Now no more. This book opened my eyes on the plight and discrimination of gays like never before. It changed my perspective completely. I am so thankful to have read it. I heartedly recommend it . I think it should be required reading for pastors.

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  • Val
  • 01-06-19

Every Christian should read this

God loves all his children. Many of us are too quick to judge and too slow to offer love.

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  • Jamie Wilson
  • 09-05-19

Truly wonderful

To learn truth in this matter is incredible thank you for your wonderful work! I recommend this to anyone.