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Becoming Eve: My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman Kindle Edition
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"Becoming Eve is a beautiful, haunting story of self-discovery. Her longing for truth, acceptance, and love will echo in the heart of every reader."―LEAH VINCENT, author of Cut Me Loose: Sin and Salvation After My Ultra-Orthodox Girlhood
"Becoming Eve is a powerful, moving story of grappling with both gender and faith. Abby Chava Stein is a compelling storyteller who shows us how to follow the voice within--even when everyone and everything around us is telling us not to."―DANYA RUTTENBERG, author of Surprised By God and Nurture the Wow
"Abby Stein's soul-searching memoir grabbed me at the epigraph and never let me go. While religion is certainly a central element in the story, Becoming Eve is just as importantly about a different sense of faith: a belief in life's transformative potential to culminate in joy."―SUSAN STRYKER, professor of gender and women's studies, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, and author of Transgender History: The Roots of Today's Revolution
"Becoming Eve is a vivid journey through Abby Stein's formative years in the Ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community as she struggles to find a more inclusive expression of her faith and learns to embrace her identity as a woman of trans experience."―SARAH VALENTINE, author of When I Was White
"Not only is Abby a trailblazer and ridiculously inspiring--she's a really talented writer. Becoming Eve is not to be missed."―Alma.com
About the Author
- ASIN : B07PCPLG7T
- Publisher : Seal Press (November 12, 2019)
- Publication date : November 12, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1726 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #141,380 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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If I have any criticism, for one thing, I had hoped that there would be more information about the author's gender transition, but although a definitive gender struggle shone through, the actual gender transition was barely touched upon. In addition, there was not a single word of regret from the author concerning her ill-fated and short-lived marriage. Although she expressed a strong love for the offspring of this failed union, I felt a deep sense of sadness for the seemingly innocent young woman whom the author married and then quickly divorced. I understand the problem and potential failure of an arranged marriage between two young people, amplified by one of them being a male-born individual who identifies as a woman. But no apology or regret expressed, particularly in view of all the included acknowledgements? I just don't get that. That having been said, this memoir was still a terrific and worthwhile read!
This is a story of one person's journey. Abby had some hard experience but the book is not filled with hate. Abby described her story without bashing the community from which she came.
Despite it all, or because of it, Abby emerges with a fierce gentleness that is conveyed clearly in the book.
Brava - Yashar Kochech.
I loved the intimate context of how Stein became OTD and trans. I have witnessed Stein's transition but never understood it so good. 12 kids starting with 5 girls and a so loving home. How Stein became from Satmar to Vizinitz. And the struggles in Yeshivas as a rebelling hormone enraged teenager. Until the last chapter when the father and kid part ways in eternity so tragically, that tears start gushing, but the book has just ended.
This book of Stein's rich life, still in transition, is so freshly and shockingly mind and heart changing, as if every cell of the reader is on a roller coaster. No question this book is only a preface to many many more books to come. Every page is so surprising with such wild twists and turns. What a fascinating life story is still waiting to be written I am left only lusting for so much more words, pages, chapters, and books, to digest of Abbey Chavey Stein.
The story has prompted so many more questions in my head ... about life in Hassidic Williamsburg (then and now), about Abby's own Jewish journey and exploration to where she is now, about the impact she has had on the community (intentionally and unintentionally), and so much more. I hope to read more from her in the future.