"With the skill and care of a seasoned storyteller, Rachel Murr pulls back the curtain on the lives and experiences of queer, Christian women, whose joys, heartaches, questions, and hopes come to life in their own words. Often moving, and sometimes surprising, 'Unnatural' commands the attention in all the right ways. By the end, the reader doesn’t want to say goodbye to these brave and wise women who have become more and more like friends with every turn of the page. Impeccably researched and beautifully written, 'Unnatural' is a must-read, not only for LGBT Christians, but for anyone who longs for a more inclusive and loving Church. Let those with ears, hear."
Rachel Held Evans, author of Faith Unraveled and A Year of Biblical Womanhood
"Rarely, if ever, does one have an opportunity to read unguarded, confessional stories by members of the GLBT community about the triumph of their Christian faith over the daunting rejection and sometimes outright flagrant oppression directed at them by other Christians. This book gives every one of us that precise opportunity… though, of course, each of us must first have the courage to dare to take it."
Phyllis Tickle, author, THE GREAT EMERGENCE – HOW CHRISTIANITY IS CHANGING AND WHY
"Unnatural skillfully and courageously weaves stories from the author’s research to 'unpack' the complexities of religious and sexual identity development, how each powerfully impacts the other. They illuminate the developmental nature of all relationships and of faith in general, demonstrating how faith communities, parents and a variety of social messages all contribute to theses experiences. While giving voice to pain, loss and grieving, these are also stories of transformation, healing and possibility."
Mari Ann Graham, Ph.D. Professor of Social Work, University of St. Thomas