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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Clarity of Thought Consulting (December 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988682311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988682313
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,017,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Candi Hood, MA, is a parent, author, teacher, and grant writer. She has authored over $10 million in grants and coordinated several community service projects that have changed the lives of many. Candi has degrees in Management and Organizational Development, Child Development, and Early Childhood Education, and is a Certified Dyslexia Testing Specialist. After moving to Ohio and reorganizing her life, she finally settled back in Central California to be near her family. She and Kristin now live on The Ubiquitous Farm with the two youngest of their six children and several dogs and cats. Kristin Beasley, PhD, was raised at the beach in southern California where she spent more time surfing than attending school. As an adult she completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology with specializations in Neuropsychology and Parent Infant Mental Health. She has a passion for helping others and advocating for the less fortunate and at-risk populations. After allowing her maternal instincts to lead her down the traditional path of marriage with children, cancer brought her to her knees and taught her about living authentically. Now she and Candi are building their dream project, a philanthropic, organic farm where money grows on trees, feeds the community, and supports economic development.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn Hall on December 16, 2012
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This was so interesting that I put aside my Christopher Moore novel (on Kindle) temporarily to read this (on Kindle). Because I live in the Central Valley so many of the locations and attitudes were familiar to me. And as a PFLAG member, parent and pediatrician the story of these women, their families, and their heroic efforts to do the right thing while living authentic and loving lives was moving. It was strange to meet them after reading the novel as I felt that I knew them so well already, but they were even better in person than I expected from the book. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in understanding the wide variety of human nature and the LGBT experience.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donna Dunn on December 12, 2012
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To face adversity in ones' life is inevitable. To face adversity with strength, courage, humility, humor and love are life lessons! I laughed, I cried and was moved by the perseverance of these two extraordinary women! Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keiko on March 3, 2013
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I titled this review "Complaining more than Explaining" because it seemed like there was more "whining" instead of just focusing on moving forward in their journey of PRIDE. I like that they made a book about unity in their journey, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By latebloomerToo on February 12, 2013
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The postive aspects I found in this book are: I, too, didn't realize I was a lesbian until later in life (after husband and children). This book both defends my "truth" that I am a "real lesbian", and reaffirms that my truth was found later in life; it just took awhile to peel away the layers of preconditioned roles and conditioning I had as a young woman being prepped by my parents for a heterosexual world.
I can definitely relate to how well they detailed this truth process. Having their book to reference helps me to help others stop questioning:"Are you sure you are a real lesbian, and not just experimenting, then go back to men?" Rather, it helps me stand with confidence and respond:"I wasn't heterosexual all along. Society said I was. I just woke up to a truth finally."
I respect the tenacity it takes to live in truth that goes against all sorts of "grains" (women, intelligent, previously in heterosexual roles, mothers, mother with careers, now partners). I read others' reviews and for readers who like details, and a lot of dialogue, this book is for you. My reading style differs, in that I like some dialogue (she said, she responded).
Less positive aspects of this book for me were technical and personal. Technically, I desired more narration as part of a story-telling approach. That would have balanced out the writing style and kept me more engaged-- regardless of the book's purpose. Personally, I was an insider during some specific events Candi and Kristin reported in the book (e.g., community college). I do not attest to their truths.
But it concerns me that they took liberties to represent the whole 'truth' (i.e., others' perspectives). Other individuals experienced different truths.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sally on December 22, 2012
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For anyone who has questions about his or her own sexuality, this is the book for you. For anyone who loves an LGBTQ person, this is the book for you. For anyone who has ever felt like giving up, this is the book for you. Candi and Kristin illustrate how perseverance pays off against what seem like insurmountable odds, and why love is worth fighting for. They share their most intimate moments, their heartache, and their joy in this nakedly honest memoir. I couldn't put it down.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jim Reeves on December 14, 2012
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Often the most intriguing stories we read are the struggles of others to overcome adversity, or of a battle to hold on to what they love. In "From Privilege to PRIDE: Love is the Road", we become entwined with Kristin and Candi, two women who had been leading "normal" lives: married, with husbands, children, careers, church, pets, and everything else that goes with the modern American family. Lives of privilege begin to unwind, however, when Kristin comes to a startling realization about herself: she's a lesbian! Fearful about how the news will affect her family, her career, and her best friend Candi (a seemingly traditional Mormon wife and mother), Kristin has to tread carefully. The story takes another unexpected twist when Candi comes to a similar conclusion about herself, and realizes that she too is a lesbian. Both women are stunned by the sudden revelation that they are gay, and in love with each other!
In this book, we meet the families deeply affected by the two women's unexpected discoveries, watch as their love for each other strengthens as they are tested by seemingly endless adversity, and see their attempts to live honestly and truthfully amidst it all. How they deal with husbands, their own mothers, relatives, and the turmoil their relationship creates in their careers is an incredible story you won't want to miss. (don't wait for the movie!)
Told from each woman's perspective as the chapters alternate between them, the story gives the reader a rare insight into the challenges each woman faced.
Kristin and Candi give up their lives of privilege, and despite the hardships and prejudice of many around them, start new lives together, mixing families and juggling careers and planning for the future.
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