Helminiak, Daniel. “The Transcended Christian: Spiritual Lessons for the Twenty-First Century”, Alyson, 2007.
Daniel Helminiak blew me away with his book “What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality” and his new book “The Transcended Christian” is a strong follow-up. We all ask ourselves what to do when our religion fails what we believe and our life experience is more than that of our clergyman. What we learn in life tends to challenge the religious beliefs we have and we must admit that the church that we belong to or used to belong to is not in touch with the reality of the world today.
Helminiak is a Catholic priest who raises these questions for us and then interprets the answers for all of us who feel we are not full members of society but primarily for the GLBT population. He merges modern thought with tradition and gives us a G-d that is compassionate and a church that is, at times, hypocritical. His essays teach us to get past our doubts and regain our faith as well as deepen our spirituality. He reaches out and shows us how to grow in our relationship with G-d and stimulates the mind. He encourages and gives hope and he is a very brave man for attempting t write what he feels. We are challenged to expand our understanding and then affirms our attempts and by doing so gives us a guidebook to combat fear and division.
The book is simple and powerful at the same time and it is so badly needed. This is a time that man is struggling and questioning and in the process faith suffers.
I have always been a religious person but I still felt that I had established a new relationship with my religion after reading this book. This is a book that must be read by all those who face a challenge spiritually—it makes you understand so much better.