Is a Marriage Between Christianity and Gay Rights Possible?

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Diana Farrar's new novel focuses on injustices legitimized by faith.

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Being a silent witness to injustice leaves one just as culpable as the offender,” Farrar said. “And I hope my readers will come to the conclusion that there is nothing to fear by embracing change.

Diana Finfrock Farrar does not identify as gay or straight, but as someone who fell in love with and married her female best friend following her divorce from her husband of 20 years.

Now experiencing the discriminations aimed at same-sex couples, Farrar seeks to educate the public on the error of withholding civil liberties and instilling social shame based on sexual orientation. The driving force behind this effort is Farrar’s debut fiction novel, “The Door of the Heart.”

Based on true accounts and current events, some of which closely mirror her own life, Farrar’s new novel challenges readers to question past perceptions of the LGBT community as well as current understandings of their own faith traditions. As a deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA), Farrar’s ultimate goal is to illustrate to society that Christianity and homosexuality can and do co-exist.

“The Door of the Heart” demonstrates instances of political posturing made against the LGBT community as well as discrimination driven by theological beliefs. The novel begs readers to consider the error in justifying such acts through one’s faith tradition.

Inspired by Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” “The Door of the Heart” introduces gay individuals and couples on a personal level similar to the way Stowe brought the oppression and harsh conditions of slavery to the public eye.

“Being a silent witness to injustice leaves one just as culpable as the offender,” Farrar said. “And I hope my readers will come to the conclusion that there is nothing to fear by embracing change.”

“The Door of the Heart” by Diana Finfrock Farrar
Hardcover, $31.99
Paperback, $18.99
e-Book, $9.99
ISBN: 978-1-49187-123-2
Available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, bookstore.authorhouse.com, and books.txauthors.com

About the author
First time novelist, Diana Finfrock Farrar, is a native Texan and investment adviser representative who loves snow skiing and traveling, competes in sprint triathlons, and is an ordained deacon and elder in the Presbyterian church (PCUSA) where she sings in the choir every Sunday. Blessed to have been born into a family that taught her how to live a life of faith, love, and relationship – the idea of family has always been at her center. Feeling called to make a difference in the struggle for equality, Farrar hopes to educate her readers on issues of empowerment, injustice, and compassion. She and her wife, Charlotte, were married in Ontario, Canada in 2010. They live in Texas and share five children and three grandchildren.

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