From one of the UK’s most widely-respected gay Christians comes a powerful faith memoir of overcoming an intense inner conflict of a desire to love God and a desire to love and be loved by another woman. Jayne Ozanne is a prominent gay Anglican who struggled for over 40 years to reconcile her faith with her sexuality before becoming one of the leading figures that is ushering in a new era of LGBTI acceptance in the Church.
“Jayne is a woman of compassion and strength. She has contributed richly to the life of the world and of the Church – as you read this book you’ll see how. She has the courage of a difference-maker, and the focus and devotion of a woman of faith who loves God and who wants to see justice done. And she believes that all the people God made – all the people God loves – are worth fighting for.” Rt Revd Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool
Just Love incorporates a range of powerful faith encounters with people across the world, from Argentina to Moscow and from the jungles of Burma to the White House. Choosing to give up a high-flying international marketing career, she gives an inside view of what it was to be a founding member of the Church of England’s Archbishops’ Council before going on to work with international figures such as Tony Blair and the Vicar of Baghdad. At times both raw and shocking, she explains what led her to be hospitalized after seeking healing for her sexuality before becoming ostracised by many Christians after she finally deciding she had no choice but to come out.
The book will aim to
- Encourage readers with an entertaining and insightful story about a woman whose faith has led her into extraordinary places with the most miraculous results
- Provide a life line for other LGBTI Christians who are struggling to come to terms with how to reconcile their faith with their sexuality
Throughout the book readers will discover a heart-breaking quest for love alongside a God given call to Just Love.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jayne Ozanne is Director of the Ozanne Foundation, which works with religious organisations around the world to eliminate discrimination on the grounds of sexuality or gender. Following an international marketing career managing some of Britain’s best-known brands – from Fairy Liquid to Lenor, and from Kleenex to BBC Television – she became a founding member of the Archbishops’ Council for the Church of England (1999 – 2004). Educated at both Oxford and Cambridge, she has set up two international charities and worked with individuals such as Tony Blair, Baroness Cox and Canon Andrew White. Many will know her through her writings and broadcasts, and as a public figure who is taking a stand against one of the greatest institutional injustices of our time.