Exchanging Our Former Sexual Identity for Our New Identity in Christ

Non-Fiction - Spiritual/Supernatural
146 Pages
Reviewed on 03/12/2022
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Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

There are as many opinions concerning sexual orientation as there are people. Unfortunately, most base their opinion on emotions. James Rondinone, in Testimony, approaches the topic of sexual sins from a different view. He is not the least bit judgmental in this book. Instead, James writes with compassion and love for all without wavering from the unchanging truth of the Word of God. James shares his personal story of life before Christ, how he came to a saving knowledge of Christ, and how his life changed as he grew in Christ. Interwoven with his personal testimony, James uses news stories and the personal stories of many to emphasize his points. Gender identity is tricky and touchy, but James navigates the topic professionally. The ultimate guide for a Christian’s life is the Word of God. James includes the Scriptures and leads the reader to a biblical answer.

Is there any such thing as a homosexual Christian or a greedy Christianity? Too many people today identify their Christian life with their former sinful adjectives. James Rondinone challenges this erroneous belief in Testimony. The Scriptures tell us that they are a new creation when one is in Christ. James contends that, as a new creation, we are in error when we refer to ourselves by our old sinful nature. His belief is that if one becomes familiar with who Christ says they are, they will change their lifestyle to match God’s standards. James presents this without judgment. Instead, he gently leads the reader to come to their own conclusion by paying attention to the Word of God. The only proper rule for life and belief for a Christian is the Bible.

Astrid Iustulin

It is difficult for many of us today to understand how to manage our sexual inclinations, and believers are no exception. How many of them are really sure they are making the right choices in this area of ​​their life? What do the Holy Scriptures say about it? If you too are confused and want to know more, I recommend Testimony by James Rondinone. Starting from an article that particularly struck him and telling his own experience, Rondinone will make you reflect on many topics. What is God's plan for our lives? Is it acceptable to say that God made me this way? How can Christians free themselves from the desires of the flesh? Rondinone will answer these and other questions and provide testimonies from many people who report their personal experiences. The purpose is to help believers love as God wants.

Testimony is a book that addresses the delicate subject of sexual inclinations by bringing clear and indefectible arguments. James Rondinone gives precise references to the Holy Scriptures for each topic and accurately explains the passages he quotes. As he introduces each new topic with a question, the reading is smooth, and it is easy to find the passage that may interest us the most. Furthermore, the testimonies that Rondinone includes at the end of the book add the value of real-life experiences to the biblical message. Testimony is a book that I recommend to all Christians who wish to delve into this important topic with the guidance of a skilled writer.

Diana Lopez

Love and sexual inclinations should not be taboo subjects. If we could all talk about these topics, seeking a common good, many lives would improve. Deep down we are all the same and we should be treated as such, but sometimes people forget and discrimination begins. When this discrimination reaches the point of affecting our communication with God, we have to find a way to correct it and the best way is to follow the Lord's word. Testimony: Exchanging Our Former Sexual Identity for Our New Identity in Christ has a deep level of research, not only on related real events but also on the etymologies of some essential words, such as the different conceptions of "love" that the Bible mentions. James Rondinone's work in this regard is very objective.

James Rondinone does some hard research and places it on a very understandable level. I loved how he approached the book because he begins narrating how he got involved in the subject, a general panorama, and how little by little he got more involved. And when we already understand the necessary information, the explanation continues with essential definitions to clarify ideas, marking the necessary context. When the panorama is already clear, in a new way, Testimony: Exchanging Our Former Sexual Identity for Our New Identity in Christ continues with more profound and personal arguments based on various testimonies. I was surprised by the number of references at the end of the book, all verifiable that provide a path to learn more. James Rondinone worked with attention to every single detail and the dedication he shows to be able to share his arguments is unique.