Coming Out, Becoming Whole, and Living Free from Shame
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Vicky Beeching, called “arguably the most influential Christian of her generation” in The Guardian, began writing songs for the church in her teens. By the time she reached her early thirties, Vicky was a household name in churches on both sides of the pond. Recording multiple albums and singing in America’s largest megachurches, her music was used weekly around the globe and translated into numerous languages.
But this poster girl for evangelical Christianity lived with a debilitating inner battle: she was gay. The tens of thousands of traditional Christians she sang in front of were unanimous in their view – they staunchly opposed same-sex relationships and saw homosexuality as a grievous sin. Vicky knew if she ever spoke up about her identity it would cost her everything.
Faced with a major health crisis, at the age of thirty-five she decided to tell the world that she was gay. As a result, all hell broke loose. She lost her music career and livelihood, faced threats and vitriol from traditionalists, developed further health issues from the immense stress, and had to rebuild her life almost from scratch.
But despite losing so much she gained far more: she was finally able to live from a place of wholeness, vulnerability, and authenticity. She finally found peace. What’s more, Vicky became a champion for others, fighting for LGBT equality in the church and in the corporate sector. Her courageous work is creating change in the US and the UK, as she urges people to celebrate diversity, live authentically, and become undivided.
From Publishers Weekly
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Undivided is the BEST book I’ve ever read!
Whether you’re an LGBTQ+ Christian, or whether you’re a pastor, or whether you’re just curious about what the Bible truly says about same-sex relationships, this book is a MUST READ. She is so raw and open, and honest about the crippling journey she went through, to arrive at the other end of the tunnel empowered, and in her most authentic skin. This book is heartbreakingly raw, breathtakingly beautiful, and it is a display of truth, courage and vulnerability at their finest. It is the best book, I have ever read.
Relatable Content Alert
As someone who came from an extremely religious upbringing and then at the age of 28 coming out at Trans/Non Binary I resonated with almost the entirety of this book.
I’ve been told I was an abomination.
I’ve been cast out for standing up for equality.
I’ve also found love and acceptance with my chosen family.
Vicky’s traumas that caused depression and anxiety are all too real for me. There’s not a night that goes by where I can sleep through without waking up to my heart pounding out of my chest in fear from the damage done long ago. While it’s unfortunate that she has gone through all of this, it’s comforting to know I’m not alone.
Thank you, Vicky, for writing this book, for sharing your most personal story with us all.
The world needs more courageous people like you. Thank you, again.