Mark Yarhouse is arguably the most influential Christian voice in the field of sexual orientation and gender identity. He is an accomplished scholar who has attempted with general success to bridge the sometimes cavernous divide between secular professional and Christian worldviews as pertains to sexual minorities.
Can Homosexuals Change? Is the Attempt Harmful?
A Summary and Analysis of The War on Psychotherapy: When Sexual Politics, Gender Ideology, and Mental Health Collide
The War on Psychotherapy: When Sexual Politics, Gender Ideology, and Mental Health Collide is Mr. Doyle’s first book. Dr. Michelle Cretella’s superb preface to the book is worth the purchase price. Regarding transitioning and the institutions which promote it in children, Cretella says, “These harms constitute nothing less than institutionalized child abuse.” In the forward, Dr. Michael Brown makes it clear that Doyle is approaching this issue from a Christian viewpoint. Doyle, who fifteen years previously experienced a shift in his sexual orientation, proclaims, “As a licensed psychotherapist, I have dedicated my life’s work to helping individuals and families come to terms with their sexual and gender
identity and be able to understand how to make choices in their sexual behavior without compromising their personal and spiritual values.”
At 138 pages, this book by a professional counselor from Singapore distills many years of experience working with men who grapple with same-sex erotic attraction. Shen gets it as he dedicates his book to those who he continues to serve with this quote: “while the rest of the world tries to remember that ‘to err is human, to forgive is divine’, they have a guillotine consciousness that ‘to err is unforgivable’.” Shen aims to change the views of leaders—whether they be religious, social, political, or cultural—in regard to those affected by homosexuality. With a forward by the president of the Singapore Counseling Association, Shen is respected among the helping professionals in Southeast Asia. With a brief review by a doctoral
candidate priest at the Catholic University of America, Shen’s Catholic worldview is revealed; however, this book is by no means a religious approach to this topic, and Shen brings insight from not only the Christian viewpoint but also Muslim and Hindu viewpoints with whom he frequently interacts.