The only book of its kind,
Walking the Bridgeless Canyon helps readers understand the bigger picture of why American Christianity and social conservatism are in the place they are today regarding the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Through years of research and conversations with key players, I was able to piece together the holistic history behind LGBT persecution in the church and U.S. society. My accessible, informational approach helps people understand the LGBT community’s modern plight in terms of how threads of culture, law, science, religion, and politics have contributed to our understanding of this group of people.
compassionate and compelling..."
What people are saying:
"If you read only one book on the history of LGBT rights, the culture, psychotherapy, religious reactions, and what the Bible really says about being gay, Walking the Bridgeless Canyon should be it. It is well-researched, compelling, and eye opening "If this book had existed when I became an anti-gay Christian activist, I would have questioned if what I was doing was truly Gods will or if it
.wasnothing more than a man-made construct meant to maintain white heterosexual male dominance on the backs of gay people and women.
"Kathy Baldock has spent years digging into the nooks and crannies to find the most accurate information available on the struggle LGBT people have endured for the most basic of human rights. This book is destined to be the go-to resource for everyone interested in the truth about LGBT people, our rights, and the rights of all people."
Yvette Cantu Schneider
a former policy analyst at Family Research Council
former director of women's ministry at Exodus International,
and author of the book Never Not Broken
"Kathy Baldock is one of the most tireless, dedicated, and influential advocates for LGBT Christians in the evangelical church. Her work has helped to transform the lives of thousands of people, and her ministry is a model of the kind of effective, conciliatory bridge-building work the church desperately needs. In Walking the Bridgeless Canyon, Baldock guides the reader on a fascinating journey of how the church has responded to the LGBT community--and how we all can and should do better. Brilliantly researched, accessibly written, and lovingly expressed, this book is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the intersection between the conservative church and the LGBT community. I highly recommend it--and its remarkable author."
The Reformation Project, author of the book
God and the Gay Christian, Random House
“As a biblical scholar and a gay man, I sometimes have people ask me for reading suggestions on LGBTQ issues and Christianity. I can usually recommend a book on some aspect of the topic, and another on another aspect. But Kathy Baldock’s book is the best I know right now for covering many of the relevant topics: history, science, scripture, politics, and even self-help suggestions at the end. I’ll be recommending this book as the number one place to start for many people in the future.”
Dale B. Martin
Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies
"This ground-breaking, eye-opening book is a first of its kind that pulls together historical facts, evolving religious attitudes, changing social norms, psychological research and the universal truths which have developed the way Evangelical Christians view homosexuality and the LGBT community. Kathy Baldock asked the questions behind the questions and then went straight to the sources for the answers. The book is intelligent, thoughtful, compassionate and compelling. If you're a pastor, a church leader, or a church goer who truly wants to know what to do about gay people in the church, read this book first!"
Tim Rymel, M.Ed.
author of Going Gay and
weekly columnist for
The Good Men Project