By God’s Design by Judith Hartzell

What happens when a man finds himself sunk in a downward spiral of risky homosexual acts and he knows no way to escape? And when he is about to lose his prestigious and profitable career, along with his marriage, and even his life? The answer would have been certain tragedy for Alan Medinger if not for a praying wife and the mercy of God. Restored and inspired, he went on to establish a ministry for same-sex-attracted people (Regeneration of Baltimore, Maryland), where he and his wife, Willa, influenced hundreds to turn from homosexuality and seek holiness. Through their work with Exodus International, they influenced thousands more. When quarrels and dissension affected Exodus in Alan’s last years, he predicted its demise and explained how ministries would continue to succeed without it. Through Alan and Willa Medinger’s story in By God’s Design, you will learn the truth about homosexuality, its causes, its healing, and how the church can help.

About the Author

Judith Hartzell is the author of books about the family that founded Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota–Mrs. Charlie: The Other Mayo and I Started All This: The Life of Dr. William Worrall Mayo, as well as the kindle e-book second edition of Mrs. Charlie. A featured history expert on the Clinic’s film My Brother and I, she also contributes to the Mayo history website. She published a biography of the children’s author Meindert DeJong, When I Was A Kid, in four serial parts through the Calvin College magazine Origins. Mrs. Hartzell lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband, Tom, and their Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, Fergus.

My  Thoughts

This is a biography of Alan Medinger, his struggle with the homosexual lifestyle, and his wife who stuck by him throughout, praying and loving him every step of the way.  It is also the story of the rise and fall of a ministry to the LGTB community.

This book also contains a meaty study guide which poses thought provoking questions to the reader.  I highly recommend this book as a tool for those in ministry to the LGTB community. 

My only disappointment was that there was not a clear cut message from God’s Word of repentance and restoration.  The steps to this process are only defined by the life of the subject. This is a testimony of one man who through God’s saving grace, returned to God’s path and design for his life.

This book was provided by Ambassador International in exchange for my honest review.