A reader writes: how change happens

This encouraging note from a reader exemplifies how change happens. May this example inspire you!
Dear Brian;  I have just begun your new book, The Great Spiritual Migration, given to me by our pastor, who attended a workshop or conference with you as the main presenter recently.
I told her before she left that you were one of my favorite authors, having read a number of your books.  She brought back this book (which, in fact, had a personal greeting from you).

I thought it likely to be as interesting and challenging as your previous books have been.  I did not expect it to be so fantastic and inspiring.   This may be because my wife and I were where you so clearly describe you may have been earlier in life.

We went to a number of churches here in North Carolina, trying to find a place that focused on the love of Jesus rather than politics or money or contemporary vs. traditional music.  About 4 years ago, we just gave up and thought we would continue our volunteer work at a couple of crisis ministries to the poor and homeless and just ‘do’ church rather than become a part of one.
Thankfully, my Executive Director at my crisis ministry recommended a local United Methodist church. She also said the church was one of the most generous and giving, as well as non judgmental, churches she knew.  And are we glad she did.

Anyway, I won’t bore you with any more details, other than to tell you that we were, especially me, where so many self righteous Christians were for many years regarding  gay and lesbian folks.  They were such sinners—until we had a Bible study with a couple of gay guys who demonstrated the love of Jesus and care for our family crises more than anyone we had ever met.  Until one of my Intake Managers, who just celebrated 10 years of marriage to her loving partner, showed me such love for the poor and down and out as I’ve ever seen.  Not only that, but she and her wife had as a ministry to take in foster babies until more long term homes could be found.

Meanwhile most of our friends who belonged to a large Southern denomination railed against the evil homosexual movement and were instrumental in keeping North Carolina as ‘pure’ state against gay marriage.  Somehow, l couldn’t see Jesus condemning the four wonderful gay people we knew while putting a stamp of approval on the vitriol and disgust displayed by so many of our ‘more holy’ friends.

So, thank you again for not only an entertaining and challenging book, but for letting us see another couple who were just where we were, but who now (as we hope we do) put the love that Jesus called us to display into action on a daily basis.

Blessings on you and your whole family