A Change of Affection: A Gay Man’s Incredible Story of Redemption

Reviewed by: G. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, IN.



Title: A Change of Affection: A Gay Man’s Incredible Story of Redemption

Author: Becket Cook

Publisher: Nelson Books (HarperCollins Publishing Group)

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

Format: Paperback

Length: 224 pages


In 2009, Becket Cook wasn’t looking for religion. A gay man working as a Los Angeles fashion designer, he lived and breathed secular materialism. But when a caring pastor met him at a coffee shop, he discovered a chance to get fulfillment he never thought possible. Here, he chronicles his journey to faith and his challenges reconciling his sexuality and his faith.

Christian leaders don’t tend give satisfying answers to questions about how the Church should approach same-sex attraction, so it’s easy to assume orthodox theology can’t help. Surprisingly, Cook’s book refers again and again to orthodox answers. He explains how he came to faith by finding the same things that attract most people to Christianity. He makes it clear that while he’s not fully sure why same-sex attraction occurs, he knows from his own experience that Biblical teachings about redemption and God’s love help in those situations. He also describes how following God’s commands to love others helps him minister to others. A convincing, frank book about the Gospel’s power to give new life even in situations the Church feels afraid to address.


Rating (1 to 5 stars)

4 stars

Intended Audience

Christians who have with same-sex attraction, Christians seeking to understand people who have same-sex attractions.

Christian Impact

This book gives a powerful look at how the Gospel can bring redemption even to people who seem as far away from it as possible.



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A Change of Affection: A Gay Man's Incredible Story of Redemption

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