Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith by Mihee Kim-Kort

Outside the Lines: How Embracing Queerness Will Transform Your Faith by Mihee Kim-Kort

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God's love for us breaks every boundary. So should our love for each other.

Mihee Kim-Kort is a wife, a mom, and a Presbyterian minister. And she's queer. As she became aware of her queer sexuality, Mihee wondered what that meant for her spirituality. But instead of pushing her away from God, her queerness has brought her closer to Jesus and taught her how to love better.

In Outside the Lines, Mihee shows us how God, in Jesus, is oriented toward us in a queer and radical way. Through the life, work, and witness of Jesus, we see a God who loves us with a queer love. And our faith in that God becomes a queer spirituality--a spirituality that crashes through definitions and moves us outside of the categories of our making. Whenever we love ourselves and our neighbors with the boundary-breaking love of God, we live out this queer spirituality in the world.

With a captivating mix of personal story and biblical analysis, Outside the Lines shows us how each of our bodies fits into the body of Christ. Outside the lines and without exceptions.


Mihee Kim-Kort is an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCUSA) and lives with her family in Indiana. She is author of Making Paper Cranes (2012), editor of Streams Run Uphill (2014), and coauthor of Yoked (2016). Her writing can be found in the Christian Century, Sojourners, and On Being. She is pursuing a PhD in Religious Studies at Indiana University (Bloomington).

"Mihee Kim-Kort does a beautiful, sacred thing in calling us back to love--love for our bodies, love for one another, but above all, God's relentless love for us. With grace, elegance, and vulnerability, she weaves together elements of theology, church history, and her own story. With the heart of a pastor and the kindness of a friend, she demystifies queerness, opening up expansive possibilities for a liberated, whole life of faith." --Jeff Chu, author of Does Jesus Really Love Me?

"I needed Outside the Lines more than I knew. This book made me face so many assumptions about God, others, and myself that I was unaware of. This is a book that offers insight and clarity around queerness, around faith, and around what it means to be human. I can't recommend it enough." --Mike McHargue, co-founder of The Liturgists and author of Finding God in the Waves

"In this moving celebration of queerness, Mihee Kim-Kort casts a vision for the church to become a place of generosity, hospitality, and expansive love. Her reflections on theology and identity help us imagine a church where every person--with all their questions, quirks, and insecurities--is affirmed as a gift. With vulnerability and compassion, Mihee welcomes us into a faith that is vibrant and liberating--a faith where we can exhale and find rest. Outside the Lines gives me hope for who we can become." --Julie Rodgers, writer, speaker, and advocate for LGBTQ Christians