Ministering to LGBTs – And Those Who Love Them

LEE ANN B. MARINO was not expecting anything extraordinary about her ministry call. Already having a bit of a reputation as a radical due to her vehemently unpopular views about women, working with the lesbian-gay-bisexual-and transgender community and their families was simply not in her plan. Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, this was easy to do, because it was still not an issue that many people discussed in church. This was right up until, coinciding around the time that LGBT issues became front and center in society, Dr. Marino confronted the issue of caring about someone who was gay head on – and how that relationship changed her entire life. Transcending many years and many different experiences with the LGBT community, including HIV ministry, ministering to LGBT youth and college students, working with the families of LGBT individuals, and offering counseling, emotional support, and self-acceptance to LGBT individuals as a minister, Dr. Marino offers her perspectives on ministering to LGBT individuals and their families, friends, and support systems. With a heart of understanding, Dr. Marino removes the politics from the issue, calls the church to look at just how we are handling the issue – and how we need to change, and addresses issues that specifically affect the LGBT community and their loved ones. A powerful read of which there is nothing else quite like it in print, this book helps to ground ministry – ground leadership – and inspire love for a community that is all-too-often ignored and marginalized by church communities today.

Available in paperback and ebook format.

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  • Price: $11.99 paperback, $3.99 ebook
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Apostolic University Press (February 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 194019735X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940197357


Lee Ann Marino’s Review Of: The Promises Of God Spiritual Checkbook

41jpv0f4x9l-_sx311_bo1204203200_The Promises of God Spiritual Checkbook

By: Abigail Lawrence


  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Righteous Pen Publications (February 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940197457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940197456
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches


What I like most about this book is that it is exactly what it sounds like: a little book perfect for remembering the promises of God in your own life and discovering a new way to remember how to apply them. Abigail Lawrence wrote this book based on a teaching of her husband’s that teaches how to apply God’s promises in life just in the same way that we would write out checks.

By looking at several key aspects of spiritual life, including remembering the spiritual things of God, coming to Christ, the difference between salvation and application of God’s promises, a clear-cut comparison (with illustrations) between checkbooks and check writing and spiritual promises, and a complete reference listing of over 500 Biblical promises that are there for believers to embrace and receive in their own lives.

Sometimes writers try too hard to make the concepts of God sound difficult so they can sound smart. This often causes potential readers to shy away, as they don’t think they’ll be able to understand the concepts. This book doesn’t do that. It’s readable, understandable, and something that everyone, from the newest believer to the most advanced believer, can gain from reading. The practical illustration of a checkbook is understandable to most readers, and is even explained for those who might not be familiar with check writing. It is also 5×8 size, meaning it is the perfect book for evangelism distribution, to take along with you in a purse or bag, or even keep in the front or back of your Bible for handy reference.

I look forward to seeing future writings from Abigail Lawrence, as it’s obvious she has a lot to offer us in the world of Christian writing.

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