"A genuinely important book." -Walter Wangerin Jr., from the forward
There are some things we just don't talk about. Things like sex, particularly when our sexuality is a matter of personal struggle.
Things like the vulnerabilities of our pastors, who must maintain a facade not merely of respectability but of moral and psychological superiority.
We don't like to talk about such unsettling things. But the nature of spiritual growth, even the story of Christian faith, is a matter of being unsettled-called out of the comfortable compromises we've made and set on a course together toward wholeness and mutually supportative community.
Tom Ryan takes us on an unsettling journey through his lifelong struggle with sexual addiction, one that predated and pervaded his pastoral ministry-one which for far too long he faced in secrecy and isolation, separated from the brothers and sisters in Christ who were called to bear one another's burdens.
Ashamed No More doesn't cast blame or argue for looser moral standards. It does, however, call us to something unsettling-the amazing grace of the gospel of Christ.
"Tom Ryan has written a remarkable confessional that declares this reality: liberation is possible through Jesus Christ, and hope is a present reality for people who want a different story than enslavement to addicition. This book is a gift to the church and to the many men and women who long for a path to freedom and companionship along the way." -Tim Keel, pastor of Jacob's Well (Kansas City, Missouri) and author of Intuitive Leadership