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  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461034221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461034223
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,915,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anna Karenina on April 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Brent Kerby's new book about Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and Homosexuality is a collection of personal stories. The accounts are disarming in their honesty. They tell of attempts to reconcile faith and sexual orientation, - attempts that are at times successful, at times not. The introduction and list of resources brings the reader up to date on what official statements the Church has made regarding same-gender orientation, while the individual experiences add many personal layers to the discussion.

Many Mormons who experience same-sex attraction (SSA) struggle with intense feelings of guilt, at times self-loathing, often a loss of self-esteem. They feel utterly alone in their situation because talking about homosexuality to your family and friends can seem almost impossible. Many are afraid of what might happen when others find out - they do not want to hurt or disappoint loved ones, they do not want to be ostracized at work or at church.

The variety of the stories and contributor backgrounds, the variety of outcomes, is thought-provoking and makes it very clear that the cookie-cutter homosexual does not exist. One vital point that surfaces again and again is the strong desire for a meaningful, trusting and loving relationship, and how this conflicts with the commonly held misconception that homosexuality is somehow mainly about lust, not love.

Two decades after Schow, Schow & Raynes' Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-Sex Orientation this book is a welcome update on the LDS experience of and attitudes toward same-sex attraction.

Kerby's book is neither "church bashing" nor endorsed by the church.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By agee on May 13, 2011
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This book is incredible. The different real accounts from real people are at the same time inspiring as they are heart-wrenching. The best way to understand the challenges facing members of the church that experience Same-Sex attraction (SSA) is to listen to those people. Here is the opportunity. Here there is a sampling of many people. Active members of the Church, former members, inactive members, married, and those married to those facing SSA. Some of the experiences are not as well written, nor as poignant or inspiring as others. However some are incredible, Brent Kerby's story is especially inspiring, and very well written. The book avoids negative feelings, and is not critical of church. The actual experiences of each person is shown, some of which reflect somewhat negatively on the Church, but many show support for the Church, or at least a recognition of what the Church has done for them.
Overall it is an excellent, balanced, positive, and honest approach to the issue of homosexuality within the Mormon Church.
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By Jack H on January 7, 2014
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This account is from a diverse group of men and woman with various backgrounds, although all share a common thread of reconciling their sexuality with their Mormon religion. Easy to read and kudos to Brent Kirby for collecting and editing these stories.
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