|About the Book|
The topic of homosexuality remains as hot and controversial as ever. Issues surrounding gay rights and same-sex marriage are a political football, bouncing back and forth in both the secular and religious arenas. Over decades, statistics haveMoreThe topic of homosexuality remains as hot and controversial as ever. Issues surrounding gay rights and same-sex marriage are a political football, bouncing back and forth in both the secular and religious arenas. Over decades, statistics have consistently indicated that gays and lesbians comprise between two and ten percent of the total population in the western world- the wide gap between those extremes indicative of the fact that so many homosexuals here in the second decade of the new millennium still feel unsafe, unaccepted, and unsure of their place in the modern world. Up to now, it seems the debate has remained largely in the realms of rhetoric and the polemic, with the vast majority of voices unheard.----------------------Caught between a few different worlds which rarely seem to overlap, Cole spends a vast majority of his time banging his head against brick walls. Or trying to play the game until the pressure builds to the point when he becomes the antithesis of the person everyone thinks he is.A TV personality, meteorologist and feature reporter. A missionary. A heretic. A homosexual. A monk. A gregarious friend to all. An insufferable introvert. A teacher. A Himalayan explorer. The contradictions are legion.Cole is serious about his faith, so hes continually trying to fold himself into an acceptable, palatable package that might be approved of and embraced by the Christian culture of which he feels obligated to appease. But Cole is gay. And that fact automatically lands him in the category of alien and freak... worse, reprobate... unless he pretends. After several renditions, the whole thing is just plain exhausting.Over the course of a few decades, he attempts to discover the narrow way through what he finally begins to recognize as a conundrum, a dilemma, and a Rubiks cube of variables that seems to regularly land him on the wrong side of peace and contentment. Over and over, he must make the choice between lying to others, and lying to himself.This is the story of one mans effort to forge a path of integrity in the midst of the mine fields which lay between compliance and rebellion... between convention and recalcitrance. How does one indeed grasp the one without letting go of the other? Is it possible to live a balanced life, fully -- or at least partially -- aware and awake? Is it feasible to be committed to a pursuit of truth in a world dominated by a natural deferment to social acceptance, security and the preservation of reputation?Was there anything worthwhile in Coles attempt? Or has it been an abject failure? Who renders those kinds of judgments, anyway? Only time will tell.