Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 122

BOOK REVIEWS ways. For example, if you live in an either-or world, and you encounter a same-sex couple who have lived in a committed relationship for many years and are also committed to following Jesus as best they can, either you are forced to express your disapproval and hope that the couple will repent, or you must communicate complete affirmation of their gay relationship (239). It is this unhelpful divide that Vanderwal-Gritter seeks to address. The method she chooses to employ is one based on theological reflection on lived experience. This means that Vanderwal-Gritter writes from the perspective of a leader and pastoral practitioner whose work has been primarily centered on the gay Christian community. The ideas that are presented in the book are decidedly shaped by a struggle between, on the one hand, the theology that has been handed down to her by her church tradition and, on the other hand, her lived experience walking alongside numerous people who identify themselves as gay and as Christian, and who struggle with the tension between their identity and the traditional view