Married for twenty years, Tammy & Ed Sloan suddenly find themselves on opposite sides of a hot button current social issue when their high school aged son is punished for bullying a fellow athlete who is gay. The wife of a conservative Texas politician, Tammy begins to reexamine her values after the incident blows up in the media and embarks on a mission not just to view LGBT issues through a loving Christian perspective, but to become an active participant for positive change. A generous look at the gay community through a Christian lens, Diana Finfrock Farrar’s novel interweaves multiple story lines that feature endearing characters, both gay and straight, each confronting the consequences of homophobia and demonstrating a need for the understanding and the embracing of the LGBT community, especially in the heart of Bible-belt reactionaryism.
The Door of the Heart is not just a book for the LGBT community, but for everyone. Farrar expresses many different stories that people can relate too. Whether you’re a member of the LGBT community, a straight ally, a Christian who isn’t sure how to feel about the LGBT community because of your faith, and also people who are against it. Anyone is able to get something out of this book.
That is my favorite thing about The Door of the Heart, despite it being a LGBT themed book, it isn’t all about that. I’ve found that when reading books that deal with the LGBT community, it is pushed quite forcefully. Granted most people who read these books are part of the community and don’t mind it, but The Door of the Heart leaves it open and sets a feel that anyone could enjoy.
As a young gay male in Texas, I found this novel relatable, as dealing with coming out to my own family and also hearing stories of my friends coming out their families. This is a very progressive book for Texas and I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to read it.
I am giving The Door of the Heart 5/5 stars.
First time novelist, Diana Finfrock Farrar, is a native Texan and financial 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, Farrar has penned her first novel with the hope of educating 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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