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Swinging on the Garden Gate

A Spiritual Memoir, Second Edition

Elizabeth J. Andrew

"There was a time when I was not yet out of the closet when I'd stand for hours scanning the bookstore shelves for a book that dealt honestly with both sexuality and spirituality, that might reconcile the experience of being bisexual with the Christian faith. If I could find this book, I was convinced, I'd be less lonely and more confident of my sanity. It would be my companion during difficult times. Another person's coming out story could be my map so I wouldn't wander in the dark.

"With complete, unrelenting desire, I ached for this book. There was no such book. The gap on the bookshelves gave me a mandate: Walk into your longing. Write this book."
—from Swinging on the Garden Gate

Andrew skillfully and seamlessly weaves the threads of spirituality, sexuality and the creative process out of the compelling events of her life. Her inspiring memoir stretches from the faith of her childhood, in which she was "taught to look for the word in the Bible," to her revelation as an adult that "the word of God resides in each of us … it dwells among us, full of grace."

Elizabeth J. Andrew is a writing instructor and spiritual director living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is the author of Writing the Sacred Journey: The Art and Practice of Spiritual Memoir.

Praise for Swinging on the Garden Gate:

"Written with honesty, grace, and power."
—Parker J. Palmer, author, Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation

"Elizabeth Andrew's words sing. Her life soars. Witnessing her journey from a childhood of deep presence through her awakening and self-acceptance as both bisexual and blessed is an honor and a pleasure. This work will doubtless inspire others to claim the lush delights of their own secret gardens."
—Debra Kolodny, editor, Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith

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Last updated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

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