A Journey of Recovery from Sexual Brokeness

Unwrapping Lazarus


This definitive autobiography is written with a sensitivity that touches the heart, awakens the spirit and beckons the mind to dwell on higher ground where truth and mercy become one in the author's inner world.


Unwrapping Lazarus is the analogy used to expose the intimate journey of restoration from gender identity confusion, as Frans Cronje penned down the struggles, hurts, new choices and eventual triumphs of his life.

Prologue

Autobiographical writing is probably the bravest and the dumbest thing that I have ever attempted. All at once, your heart is penned down on paper for all to see. Bits and pieces of your very private self, exposed.

Wide open to scrutiny.

Preying eyes and minds exploring your history, your roots, your journey, your struggles, your hurts and your triumphs.

Some will love it. Some will hate it.

In all fairness to you, the reader, I need to warn you that this book is not for the fainthearted. It has been written with raw candour. I have purposefully chosen to be open and honest about the brokenness in my life and to be as real as possible about some of the things which I have experienced. If I cannot make you understand the pain that was a part of my past, you will never be able to grasp the miracle of the Divine opportunities which I have been given, enabling me to embrace the process of liberation.

You can take me or leave me, this book isn't actually about me. It is about something beyond me. Someone bigger than me. Someone who far surpasses my existence on this temporary planet.

My goal, my only motivation for writing Unwrapping Lazarus, is to make known the redeeming love of a Saviour. To show forth the grace of a Father. To publish the healing fellowship of a Spirit who is Holy.

If it were up to me entirely, I would rather choose to hide all the personal spaces in my heart from the printed page. But I am compelled to share with anyone who would care to read this, the journey of healing and restoration that my Lord, Jesus Christ, has taken me on.

His hand, His truth, His guidance, that is what I hope you will find wrapped up in these pages. And just in case you were wondering, no real names were used throughout, in order to protect the identity and reputation of others.

- Frans Cronje

Author: Frans Cronje

Frans Cronje is not exactly what you would call a stereotypical Pastor. Although he has been in the ministry since 1995, his friends know him as an artist and super creative person. Some say he is a, sensitive soul.

But not too sensitive to deal with the tough issues of life, which he encounters in his counselling ministry, where he spends approximately twenty hours a week reaching out to those in need of pastoral support.


The main focus of his ministry is to help people deal with sexual, emotional and relational challenges.

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The rest of his time is spent training lay-counsellors at the Living Word Bible College in Pretoria, as well as speaking at conferences, church camps, youth rallies and small groups. His keen sense of humour, gifted teaching abilities and practical insight into the Word, makes him a very popular lecturer.


Frans has presented his groundbreaking course, "one + one = one" all across South Africa, as well as in Brazil. The course takes a look at sexuality in a Biblical, psychological and physical context.


In May 2011, he had his debut solo art exhibition at the Junction Art Gallery in Johannesburg. Pictures of this can be viewed on their website, as well as on their Facebook page.


He finished writing "Unwrapping Lazarus" in 2010, and now he is ecstatically happy to finally see the book in print.


His prayer is that many who hope to find freedom from unwanted same-sex attractions will be inspired by the journey of recovery which he has been on with Christ. According to the Word, God is not a respector of person's, thus He is able and willing to touch every heart who turns to Him in sincerity.