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In Quiet Desperation: Understanding The Challenge Of Same-gender Attraction Paperback – November, 2004
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Most likely, someone you know is living a life of quiet desperation, struggling with feelings of same-gender attraction. This book can help.
Part 1 takes us into the heart and mind of a mother and father who did all they knew how to assist their son to bear this heavy burden and face life in the best way he could. "If all youth knew they were loved and accepted, there would be fewer suicides and fewer children lost to the gospel of our Savior."
Part 2 shares the reflections of another young man who wrestles with same-gender attraction but who moves forward with hope. "The Lord promised that he would deliver us, but He didnt say when. He never promised that it would happen by Monday; and He never promised it would happen in mortality. He only said it would happen."
And though these experiences come from the perspectives of men who have feelings of same-gender attraction and their friends and family who love them, the principles and their application discussed here are equally useful in the lives of women who have this challenge.
In fact, this book can teach all of us how to draw closer to the Lord, no matter what our circumstances or burden may be.
"In Quiet Desperation was the single most important influence in helping my husband and me when we first learned of our sons homosexuality. The authors insights and strong gospel-centered approach brought us much peace and helped us to open our hearts and find hope." -Grateful parents
"As one who faces the daily battle of same-gender attraction, fighting to maintain hope and striving to live by the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, these insights have helped me gain a stronger sense of my absolute worth and a more firm understanding of my purpose in the plan of salvation." Resolute fighter
"This book has allowed me to have greater understanding and give better counsel as Ive met with individuals who struggle with the challenge of same-gender attraction. I highly recommend this book to any church leader who has the stewardship to reach out and give life-sustaining guidance." Priesthood leader
About the Author
Ty Mansfield served a mission in New Hampshire and is a graduate of Brigham Young University.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is a shameful misrepresentation of a man's life. I miss Stuart and wish he could have survived the manipulation that Mormonism imposes on its gay children, but he is only one of 3 gay Mormons friends I have lost to suicide.
The story is about a gay mormon whose parents do everything they can to help him see the truth of their church and renounce who he really is. He ends up killing himself. What was most horrifying to me was at the end of the story it states that these parents are helping other gay kids at BYU. These people should be locked away for the assisted murder of their son, not being allowed to help other youth "struggling" with homosexuality.
I say this honestly and sincerely to any LDS parents of gay children: If you truly love your child, encourage them to find peace and happiness on their own without the church. There is no place in the Mormon church for homosexuals, this book clearly shows that.
I finally decided to trust others enough to leave the contradiction of anguished security that I found in my own "quiet desperation." Some of the simple truths I learned, the ones that have helped me find happiness and true security, are beautifully taught and expanded upon by the authors of this book.
They describe the difference between a temptation and an action, and which of the two we should worry most about. They explain that homosexual, straight, white, green, whatever... none of us are all that different; everyone regardless of his or her challenges needs to come to the Father through Christ, and is only safe by doing so. They aren't satisfied with simply declaring that there is a place in the kingdom for all, (including the same-gender attracted), who live its standards. Rather, they teach that there is work for ALL OF US to do in bringing others to the table as well-that everyone's efforts are welcome and needed to build the kingdom. Most importantly they testify of the infinite reach of Christ's atonement and of his power to succor, heal, forgive and make us more like Him.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book came at the right time! I am so grateful for the Matis' and Mansfield for having the courage to write about something so personal not only to them but to me. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kelly Williams
I have loved this book. It has helped me with understanding the challenge of Same Gender Attraction. Read morePublished on May 28, 2013 by Pat
This book actually consists of several peoples stories, in & out of the Church, all rather touching. The primary author is, i believe a 26 year old man. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by /Mary Handelsman/David Young
I would recommend this book to ANY Gay Mormon (and his family) who wishes to stay Mormon and and deal with the God given trial of being Gay! Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by LeRoy F.