GAY + DIVORCE: Christian author comes out as gay announces that he and his wife, fellow writer, are divorcing [#MatthewPaulTurner #JessicaTurner] 07/17
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I have difficult news to share. After much thought, prayer, and counseling, Jessica and I have made the decision to end our marriage. While we’re best friends and thoroughly love doing life, parenting, and pursuing our dreams together, ending our marriage is necessary because I am gay. ▪️ Being gay isn’t a new discovery for me. However, as someone who spent 30+ years in fundamentalist/evangelical churches, exploring God through conservative theologies, I lived many days overwhelmed by fear, shame, and self-hatred. Though my own faith evolved long ago to become LGBTQ+ affirming, my journey toward recognizing, accepting and embracing myself took much longer. But for the first time in my life, despite the sadness and grief I’m feeling right now, I can say with confidence that I’m ready to embrace freedom, hope, and God as a gay man. ▪️ I would not be able to say that without Jessica’s undying grace and support. I fell in love with her 17 years ago and still love her deeply. Despite her own grief and pain, she has loved and encouraged me to be fully me. Many of the steps I’ve taken recently wouldn’t have happened without Jessica walking beside me, helping me through every fear. Jessica is and will always be my hero. She’s brave, strong and showcases love like nobody I know. ▪️ Our utmost desire is to move forward in love and compassion for each other and put the well-being of our kids first. Coming out to my kids was one of the hardest, most beautiful things I’ve ever done. Loving and protecting their stories will always be our first priority. ▪️ I will continue to write children’s books and am grateful for the support of my publisher Convergent Books. Writing books about wholeness, hope, and God’s love for children is an honor and privilege I do not take for granted. ▪️ That said, we ask that you be kind and respectful toward us. Anyone who posts comments laced in shame, criticism of our family, our theology, or our choices will be blocked. ▪️ Throughout these hard months, Jessica and I have looked at each other many times and said, “we’re going to be okay.” And on most days, we fully believe that. Please keep us in your thoughts/prayers as we engage this new path.
On Friday (July 17, 2020), Christian author Matthew Paul Turner came out as gay via Facebook and Instagram and announced that he and his wife, fellow writer Jessica Turner, are divorcing.
Matthew Paul Turner is the former editor of CCM, a magazine covering contemporary Christian music, but he is best known for his rhyming children’s books published through Convergent, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
His 2019 book “When I Pray for You” is a Today, Publisher’s Weekly and Wall Street Journal bestseller with more than 100,000 copies in print.
“(A)s someone who spent 30+ years in fundamentalist/evangelical churches, exploring God through conservative theologies, I’ve lived many days overwhelmed by fear, shame, and self-hatred. But for the first time in my life, despite the sadness and grief I’m feeling right now, I can say with confidence that I’m ready to embrace freedom, hope, and God as a gay man.”
– Matthew Paul Turner
Jessica Turner also shared a Facebook post this morning.
“We are moving forward with ending our marriage, while remaining deeply committed to our family and each other. We are all adjusting to a new normal, with our home now extended under two rooftops.”
– Jessica Turner
The two were married in 2004 after meeting online and quickly bonding over their interest and involvement in CCM.
“I fell in love with her 17 years ago and still love her deeply. Despite her own grief and pain, she has loved and encouraged me to be fully me.”
– Matthew Paul Turner
The couple lived in Nashville, Tennessee, with their 3 children.
They did not say when their divorce will be finalized.
In his book, “Fear No Evil,” Matthew Paul Turner describes growing up in a conservative Independent Fundamental Baptist Church where he said his belief in God was rooted in fear of damnation — he was taught musical syncopation was sinful and said he did not set foot in a movie theater until age 19.
Matthew Paul Turnerwrites that his faith evolved over the years, and eventually he launched a blog called “Jesus Needs New PR” and became a part of more progressive Christian circles.
“Though my own faith evolved long ago to become LGBTQ+ affirming, my journey toward recognizing, accepting and embracing myself took much longer.”
– Matthew Paul Turner
Matthew Paul Turner’s now progressive faith is reflected in his children’s books — which emphasize God’s radical, inclusive love — as well as his other writings.
Matthew Paul Turner would continue to write children’s books with the support of his publisher.
Jessica Turner is founder of popular blog The Mom Creative and of the 2018 book Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive. S
Jessica Turner writes about family, motherhood, DIY hacks and savings tips.
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