About the Book

IN HIS DEBUT WORK, Without the Mask, Charlie Bird captivated readers with his sincere personal stories and engaging writing style. Now, in Expanding the Borders of Zion, he uses the same authentic, vulnerable prose to further the important conversation of inclusion within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Many people want to offer love and support to their LGBTQ friends and neighbors but aren’t sure how. Bird’s unique position as a gay Latter-day Saint has given him valuable insight. In this book, he authentically details the blessings and challenges faced by gay members of the Church and provides readers with the perspective, understanding, and tools they need to more effectively minister to those who identity as LGBTQ.

Featuring real stories of heartache, hope, and faith, Expanding the Borders of Zion bridges the gap between religion and the LGBTQ community in a way that is both bold and inviting. Bird believes all should feel welcome to worship at church and that everyone should have the social support to maintain a strong relationship with God, no matter how they identify. This book sets the stage for such a world. It will undoubtedly inspire you to love deeper, grow closer to Christ, and expand your heart to more fully embrace all of God’s children.