Embracing Love: My Journey to Hugging a Man in His Underwear

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Nathan Albert stood with friends along the Chicago Pride Parade route, bearing signs of apology on behalf of Christians who had failed to represent Christ’s love to the LGBTQ community. Little did he know that millions around the world would soon see him captured in an iconic photograph hugging a man in his underwear. Embracing Love is the story behind that photograph, the story of a musical theatre actor turned pastor who shares personal and pastoral stories of the LGBTQ community. He invites readers past the intimidation of controversy for the sake of embracing people with the love of Jesus. 
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About the author

Nathan Albert is a professional actor turned ordained pastor, reluctant blogger turned author, performer turned preacher, and extroverted talker turned storyteller. He is the author of the viral blog post, I Hugged a Man in His Underwear which was the impetus for his book, Embracing Love: My Journey to Hugging a Man in his Underwear. He has worked in youth ministry in Rhode Island, college ministry in Chicago, and as the Director of Pastoral Care with The Marin Foundation. Nathan earned a Master of Divinity from North Park Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from Rockford College. Nathan, along with his wife Kate and son Foster, currently reside in Rhode Island. You can find more of his work and writings online at nathanalbert.com.

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Publisher
Read the Spirit Books
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Published on
May 15, 2016
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Pages
188
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ISBN
9781942011286
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Language
English
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Genres
Religion / Christian Church / General
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
Religion / Sexuality & Gender Studies
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