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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 23, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441464921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441464927
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,266,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for other work by Jeff Laver:

James Kent wrote about "Elder Petersen's Mission Memories" in Ohana News, "Jeff Laver is an excellent story teller. I found it to be a page turner and difficult to put down."

Lisa at The Novel Approach wrote about "Elder Petersen's Mission Memories," "I have a hard time reading books that have anything to do with organized religion. I liked this book."

Praise for other work by Jeff Laver:

Kent Brintnall-Out in Print: Queer Book Reviews wrote about "Latter-Gay Saints: An Anthology of Gay Mormon Fiction" saying, "The non-Mormon reader will find much pleasure in reading the stories collected here." He specified, "Jeff Laver's 'Peter's Mirror'...is also an exceptionally well realized, haunting, captivating, beautiful character study."

About the Author

The author grew up in Salt Lake and went on a Mormon mission to Colombia. He attended the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.

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As I came to grips with my own sexuality, I vividly remember the anxiety, depression, self-loathing, fear and doubt that I went through in becoming comfortable as a spiritual gay male. Like the characters in this story, I too felt pressured to fit in, get married and raise a family.

This story is a great read for anyone who has experienced this journey, is facing these challenges, or loves someone who is struggling to define themselves within a non-supportive family and/or religion/culture.

We lose too many gay brothers, lesbian sisters and transgender individuals to drugs, alcohol and suicide as they try to cope with and sometimes fail to find and love themselves within such an environment.

I wish the author had taken the time to include an afterword to this story with information for those facing similar circumstances. There are resources out there that anyone can use to obtain help in dealing with these issues. The power of the internet provides so many resources. PFLAG and community mental health agencies have a tremendous amount of useful information. Many who have left oppressive religions have formed support groups for those who are experiencing oppression. For example, gay Mormons may find the Affirmations website buy Goggling “Gay Mormon Support Groups. There are other organizations too numerous to mention.

My message to you is: Truth, love and support is out there. Take advantage of it and never ever lose hope! Speaking as a Gay person of faith and as a counselor, it took time for me to learn that I have worth and I have a purpose in this world. Hang in there, it is worth it!
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By Johnny T. Townsend on October 22, 2009
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The most enjoyable part of "Just Call Me Greg" is that Laver really gets the lives of young single adults and depicts this accurately. On the gay side, though, I was certainly annoyed by Greg's persistence in pursuing in the wrong man, but (stop reading if you don't want to know the ending) he does finally get some sense. And it is painfully obvious that most of Greg's difficulties in making good choices earlier come from the fact that he is highly oppressed by a church that claims to love him but really does everything it can to make his life miserable. "With friends like these..."
"Just Call Me Greg" is worth reading as one of the first entries in the fledgling field of gay Mormon literature.
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By M. Tenold on May 2, 2009
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As I have worked for gay rights, I have often thought it must be very hard to grow up gay in a Mormon family. This book gives an inside look (fictional, but realistic) at how people can strive to live good lives and find that they are in an impossible situation. Nature wins out, but it is a painful process.
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This is a good first novel written by a man who grew up in, and out of, the Mormon culture of the Salt Lake valley. The well-written book deals with questions of sexuality, but in a larger context of questions about love, companionship, and honesty, particularly self-honesty. The overriding issue is how and why we allow ourselves to deny our own possibilities for happiness by trying to conform to the cultural expections of those around us. This pattern of denial can be particularly problematic given the 24/7, cradle-to-grave, daily home-school-society indoctrination by the Mormon church. As the book exemplifies, it's not surprising that many gay men and women Mormons just give up and give in, creating misery for themselves but also, unfortunately, for those who become involved with them in their deceptions.
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Just Call Me Greg

Very thought provoking and emotionally introspective. I'm sure I missed some of the subtleties the author was conveying, but I found the book to be very compelling as it weaves a tale around the subject's conflicted beliefs, emotions, societal expectations and biases along with his own personal sanity and happiness. This story illustrates the pain and suffering we inflict upon our fellow beings that believe or live differently then we do.

Unable to find happiness and fulfillment in what one might call "normal" society, but forbidden to pursue his natural desires and attractions from that same "forbidden" society - a very compelling drama as he must choose one side or the other and the pain he might experience in his relationships with his family, church and friends.
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