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Out of Focus

My Story of Sexuality, Shame, and Toxic Evangelicalism

Amber Cantorna-Wylde

  • 10/23/2023
  • 0664267955
  • 978-0-664-26795-7
  • Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • 240
  • 5.5 x 8.5
  • 12.00 oz

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"Amber’s story is not uncommon, but it is uncommon to find someone who has the courage to be so open and transparent. Amber’s story offers important lessons and insights for everyone, and for those who have experienced something similar, I believe it will serve as a source of healing."—Liz Dyer, founder, Real Mama Bears

"Out of Focus is a damn powerful read, no matter how you look at it. Amber generously shares many heart-wrenching glimpses into her story—ones that all of us in the LGBTQ+ community of faith deeply resonate with. Her courage to shed light on ideologies and people who continue to do harm to the queer faith community is breathless and a call to action." —Stacey Chomiak, author and illustrator of Still Stace: My Gay Christian Coming-of-Age Story

"Reading Amber’s accounts of her first love, coming out to her parents, and her struggle with health issues—no doubt partially caused by the stress of living with rejection—should move one to empathy. But what deeply impresses me about Amber’s story is the important role I think it will play in the rising tide of LGBTQ+ awareness for the world, including, hopefully, the church." —David Hayward, The Naked Pastor, www.nakedpastor.com

"Amber’s power and presence as a storyteller have never been more electric—or more necessary. Her deft hand and compassionate voice help create the breathing space we need in a world that favors extremes over nuance and winning over community. Amber has a hard story to tell, but the journey leads her—and us—to a joyful and thriving existence every person deserves to experience." —Flamy Grant, award-winning drag queen singer/songwriter

"In Out of Focus, Amber shares her incredible story through the epicenter of toxic, anti-LGBTQIA+ evangelicalism to an affirming, holistic spirituality with profound authenticity and bravery. Her insights are captivating, her wisdom is deep, and her message is one that will continue to bring healing and hope to countless queer people who are seeking a life-giving faith. Every queer Christian and ally should read this book!" —Brandan Robertson, pastor and author of Filled to Be Emptied: The Path to Liberation for Privileged People