He said his near-death experience taught him that God embraces gay people.
Manley was brought up as an evangelical Christian.
"Spiritual abuse is real," Manley said, adding, "I show people different ways to express spirituality."
As a pastoral counselor, Manley worked with people who were raised in what he describes as religions based on fear.
Near-death experience altered local Christian writer's beliefs
Reece Manley's childhood involved "incest survival, beatings and repeated rape."
Reece doesn't believe that the incest caused him to be gay.
He had grown to 420 pounds.
Six months later, he was in hospital on an ventilator and had a near death experience.
An Ode to Reece Manley (1/14/69 – 2/3/11) - Renee Baker, Ph.D., LMT