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Breaking the Surface Paperback – March 1, 2006
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I also used this book to help my parents understand why I feel the need to come out. They didn't want me to tell many people, they wanted me to keep it under wraps. I read a few passages from this book to help them understand why I can't continue to hide. They didn't understand at that moment, but over time they have grown to understand the pain that I and many other gay people feel when they have to remain in the closet.
I am very grateful that I bought this book. It helped me find a new, higher lever of self-esteem that I never thought I could have before. Also, it has helped my family be more comfortable with my being gay.
Greg and Eric put together Greg's story very well, never once causing me to wonder what was going on. From the very beginning I was amused by Greg's thoughts and concerned although he was talking about something that had happened over a decade ago (seven years ago when the book was written). Greg did not tell his story from a casual perspective. He was upfront with his emotions and I felt like I really got to know who this guy was and I came to care a great deal about him.
Greg Louganis is the sort of person that should be admired and respected not only for his athletic and acting (let's just think about Jeffrey here...) accomplishments but for his strength and courage. For someone who used to have such a distorted self-perception he grew into a rather wise and very beautiful man. He tells his life story with such compassion, humour, and care that it's difficult to believe he used to think so poorly of himself.
This man is one of my role models and I highly suggest that anyone and everyone read this book.
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I remember watching Greg in the Olympics and hearing about him a lot when I was growing up, but it was really great to be able to read his autobiography in his own words. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Jay Abbott
I have always admired Mr. Louganis. His story is sad, happy, and beautifully presented. After reading this, I can only hope he continues towards happiness.Published 1 month ago by mrsoso
A very interesting and intensely personal story of a great Olympian and the trials of his life in and out of public scrutiny. The book is honest, open and direct. Thank you.Published 2 months ago by Mike Ryan
One souls journey overcoming obstacles and affirming potential amidst a sea of changing fortunes.Published 5 months ago by rick larry
A great book. The story is gripping and very moving, Louganis is very frank about his biography and his emotional world. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Omer Peretz
I am a gay man who didn't come out till I was 55. I have had many of the same problems that Greg had. I have many blessings, good family, good friends, and I am HIV-.Published 7 months ago by Michael J. Fullerton