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A Journey to Moriah Paperback – October 28, 1998

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ISBN-13: 978-0966723700 ISBN-10: 0966723708 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Banta & Pool Literary Properties; 1 edition (October 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966723708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966723700
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,143,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Laura Siegel on February 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
"A Journey to Moriah" is unequivocally the finest book I've ever read by the mother of a gay child. This is a story of a mother who takes responsibility for her own feelings, faces her demons, and grows as a woman. Too often parents of gay children project their own fears onto their children. Rhea Murray is clear from the start that she loves her son unconditionally and any demons she faces are her own demons - not her son's. Her turmoil over facing the church, facing family, facing her son's school, facing her small suburban community in Indiana, is her "own" turmoil - not her son's. To watch Rhea unfold as a human being as she faces these demons, is to watch a woman with a capital "W" come into her own strength and wisdom. The book's title refers to the biblical story of Abraham who was tested by God with the command that he sacrifice his son Isaac. Rhea realizes that she can have the approval of her church and the parishioners she has called "friends," if she sacrifices her son - if she turns her back to him as they have. "I will not sacrifice my son for the approval of a few people," she says. Rhea knows from the beginning that she will not sacrifice her son to church,school, family, or community - not to anyone. She honors her power and her ability to think for herself. Rhea faces her fears of public speaking, speaking out as the mother of a gay son, and facing authority. One of the most powerful moments in the book comes when she stands up to the school principal who is doing nothing to protect her son. At that moment she blossoms into a full and powerful woman. "A Journey to Moriah" is the story of a mother's fierce love for her son.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on November 28, 1998
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Rhea Murray's heartfelt, honest, and utterly compelling story of her family's journey is one of the best books I have read in quite some time. As others who have read the book claim, it isn't something one can put down after a chapter or two. Life in Sunnyside, Indiana seems quiet, steady, and predictable, until Murray's son is identified as "gay" by a narrow-minded cleric. After this, life in the idyllic small-town metamorphoses into something more akin to south Georgia in the 1960's. And while the reader is sure to share the feelings of anger and betrayal of the Murray family, this is no diatribe written from bitterness or revenge. Murray looks within her own heart, exposes her own doubts and biases, which makes the journey all the more poignant and believable. "Journey to Moriah" has a different feel to it than most narrative and biographical works that cover such rough emotional terrain. The fair, even voice evokes real compassion in the reader without the use of sentiment, and Murray's charm and humor shine through in several chapters, most noteably as she chases a pickup truck down the small town street. In the light of the political backlash against gay and lesbian rights and the recent violent death of Matthew Shepard, Murray's book seems all the more moving and motivating. Murray's transformation reminds us that there are mothers, fathers, friends, and organizations out there that are working each day to make a place for the safety and acceptance of anyone who bears the mark of "difference" in this culture of conformance. I recommend this book highly for anyone who has loved a gay or lesbian, who has questioned their faith against the traditional christian backdrop of exclusionism, or who has ever weathered a journey that opened their whole heart to the world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anthony J Chuchman (achuchma@wwa.com) on December 18, 1998
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Rhea's book best describes the struggles of a gay teen in rural America. Coming from a town like Sunnyside, Indiana, only 100 miles north, I too have been through the struggles that Bruce had experienced.
Rhea is a priceless asset to the gay community, not only in rural Indiana, but also to gays and lesbians all over the country. Her dedication and stamina, sometimes seeing the events first hand, has often left me with a sense of pride and a restored faith in humanity. It is very uplifting to read of the positive live that she had provided to her gay son, and I truly believe that this book is a requirement for ANY parent who's son or daughter recently came out of the closet!
Here's a standing ovation for Rhea - Thank you for the memories, and thanks for the help over the past years. You are truly loved by all of God's lesbigay children
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
KNOWING THE PAIN THAT EVERY GAY/LESBIAN YOUNG ADULT GOES THROUGH IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT THE REST OF THE WORLD KNOWS THE HATE THAT THESE YOUNG PEOPLE FACE AND HOW THE FAMILY COPES WITH THESE CHANGES AND THE TRUE MEANING OF LOVE AND FAMILY AS ONE. I LOVE BOTH OF MY CHILDREN...I'M PROUD OF THEM AND I WOULD NOT WANT IT ANYOTHER WAY. IT IS SO HARD FOR ANY YOUNG PERSON TO FACE THE FACT TO HIM/HERSELF ABOUT THEIR SEXUALITY BUT TO THEN HAVE TO TELL THE FAMILY THAT THEY LOVE SO DEAR IS SO VERY HARD TO DO THIS BOOK IS A MUST FOR EVERYONE STRAIGHT OR GAY/LESBIAN MAYBE SOME PEOPLE WHO DON'T WISH TO UNDERSTAND JUST MAY SEE THE LIGHT.THANK YOU AGAIN RHEA YOUR FRIEND, LINDA
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