Book Review: Naked Surrender

naked surrender‘Naked Surrender: Coming home to our true sexuality’
by Andrew Comiskey
220 pages
Published by IVP in Sept 2010

As a new Christian, I had been profoundly impacted by Andrew Comiskey’s earlier book ‘Pursuing Sexual Wholeness’ so I was excited to read ‘Naked Surrender’. Here he describes the church as, “...a mosaic of Christ composed of many faces.”  He states that it is within the body of Christ that we find healing; we recover together as we learn to, “love imperfectly but well.”  We become ‘good gifts’ to each other as we, “submit to one another out of reverence to Christ,” (Ephesians 5:21).

Overcoming in Christ

At around 14 years of age, at the onset of puberty, I first became aware of homosexual desires. I was attracted to men and only men. Mine was a fairly textbook case; I had no male influence in my childhood (my father died when I was 4) and grew up in an all-female house. This longing to have a father to do things with lasted from the age of 6 until I was 12, but on reaching puberty that longing for a father turned into homosexual feelings. I also suffered from deep inferiority due to being been badly bullied at school.