Between These Walls
Overview - Hunter is a Christian. Hunter is the man next door. Hunter Carlisle is gay. At 26 years old, Hunter Carlisle has a successful sales career, a devoted girlfriend, and rock-solid faith. He also guards a secret torment: an attraction to other men. Read more...
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Hunter is a Christian. Hunter is the man next door. Hunter Carlisle is gay. At 26 years old, Hunter Carlisle has a successful sales career, a devoted girlfriend, and rock-solid faith. He also guards a secret torment: an attraction to other men. When a career plunge causes muscle tension, Hunter seeks relief through Gabe Hellman, a handsome massage therapist. What begins as friendship takes a sudden turn and forces the two friends to reconsider the boundaries of attraction. Along the road to self-discovery, Hunter's secret is exposed to the community. Now Hunter must face the demons of his past and confront his long-held fears about reputation, sexual identity, and matters of soul. A story of faith, fire and restoration, Between These Walls braves the crossroads of love and religion to question who we are and who we will become.
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Herrick (The Landing) will make waves—particularly with Christian conservatives—with this tale that explores the uneasy intersection of Christianity and homosexuality. Hunter Carlisle has hidden his attraction to men since middle school, a secret he buried even more deeply when he became a Christian. He dated girls, hoping to be “cured,” he says, but his feelings didn’t change. He meets Gabe, a massage therapist, and in one jolting moment Hunter’s life changes forever. When their relationship is discovered, Hunter must come clean to his pastor, girlfriend, family, and friends about who he is. Herrick explores the struggle Hunter faces, offering readers a unique look at how gay Christians might feel—which is the strength of the book. Its shortcomings are its length and inadequate ending. Sex scenes and swearing, plus the topic, will keep this off most evangelical Christian bookstore shelves. It may find more sales online, where those struggling with this issue may be quietly searching for answers. (BookLife)