The Map, a new CD-ROM from Exodus International, hopes to help teens struggling with homosexuality traverse the perilous world of sexual identity. The Map combines personal stories, peer testimonies, Bible studies, and personal journals. The CD-ROM format offers an intensely personal way for teens to explore questions and feelings, while still affirming the Bible as the ultimate guide to understanding who God created each of us to be. "We know that this can help a lot of kids out there who are terrified and ashamed of their own feelings," says Map creator Jason Thompson. "Not only do we want to help them journey to freedom, but we want to help them realize that they don't have to walk that road alone."
The only thing keeping from becoming the preeminent site for authors, publishers, and book-lovers is its extremely slow loading time. Founded by author Susan Bergman, one of Christianity Today's "up and comers" (CT, Nov. 11, 1996, p. 20), the site should appeal to bibliophiles with its helpful features like a floating "more info" tab that allows readers to follow up on myriad questions about their favorite books and authors. Besides showcasing writers and selling their work (Philip Yancey, Anne Lamott, Leonard Sweet, Steve Martin, and Scott Turow are among those who have signed on), is compiling a national literary calendar, selling e-books, and offering articles from literary magazines. With this level of information and expertise, Bergman and company are building a site the literary world cannot afford to ignore. But needn't worry yet: readers could drive to a bookstore and back in the time it takes some pages to load. The ...

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