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Coming Out Straight
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Richard Cohen shares his compelling personal story in which he journeys from homosexuality to a new life as husband and father. The transition has offered him valuable insights into the nature and healing of same-sex attractions." --Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D., President, National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH)
In this self-help book, ex-gay therapist Cohen (the author of Alfie's Home, a children's book about a sexually abused boy) writes for gays and lesbians who want to transition to heterosexuality. His comprehensive, well-written, well-organized, and heavily referenced guide views homosexuality as a symptom of disrupted affiliation with the same-sex parent and incomplete feelings of maleness/femaleness, building on the psychological theories of Joseph Nicolosi and Elizabeth Moberly. At least 30 ex-gay platform books are in print, most religious but some primarily psychological see the web site of Exodus/Regeneration Books (www.exodusnorthamerica/org/resources) and NARTH, Nicolosi's organization (www.narth.com). Cohen's approach is sympathetic and rational and leans mostly on psychosocial factors, but he also assumes nondenominational religious affiliation. The ex-gay movement is highly controversial and its activities considered both damaging and misleading by many medical and psychological professional groups and by most gay/lesbian rights proponents. This book is thus recommended for libraries with large gender collections covering different perspectives, which should also stock Calculated Compassion: How the Ex-Gay Movement Serves the Right's Attack on Democracy (a report from Political Research Associates, 1998), Finally Free: Personal Stories; How Love and Self-Acceptance Saved Us from "Ex-Gay" Ministries (Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2000), and Mel White's Stranger at the Gate: To Be Gay and Christian in America (S. & S., 1994). Martha Cornog, Philadelphia Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. --Library Journal
Gay activists' remonstrations have made therapy intended to make homosexuals heterosexual newsworthy and, they hope, notorious. To read ex-gay counselor Cohen is to wonder why they don't adopt a live-and-let-live stance. Yes, Cohen believes homosexuality is not inborn but the result of emotional traumas and developmental miscues in childhood that can be countered effectively by the therapeutics he lays out in the book's big second part and endorses with patient success stories. But in the third, concluding part, he writes that homophobia must be healed, too, and that homosexuals who don't want to shouldn't be coerced to change; rather, families and friends should continue in loving relationship with them, hoping for change. As an ex-gay, he acknowledges the truth in many homosexual advocates' complaints, and as a Christian, he pleads personal and social compassion for gays. Call this stance mistaken, especially since it is based in part on social science as dubious as the gay-supportive studies Cohen debunks. It isn't malicious. Ray Olson Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. --Booklist
About the Author
Richard Cohen, a former homosexual, now married with three children, struggled for much of his life with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA). After the intense road of transitioning from homosexuality to heterosexuality, he studied psychology in order help others with unwanted SSA. He is now a sexual reorientation specialist and has helped thousands of men, women and adolescents make the change. Founder and Director of the International Healing Foundation (IHF) based in the Washington D.C. area, Cohen's work with IHF includes counseling services, education and consultation. A frequent guest lecturer on university and college campuses, and therapeutic and religious conferences, he also travels extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe conducting healing seminars and educational programs.
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Top Customer Reviews
Basically homosexuality is like a false self or foreign layer on your personality/your true self and you just have to burn it off with some discipline and self-control. It is commonsensical information, nothing that a person struggling with their homosexuality would not have been able to figure out on their own. The author also interestingly mentions how it is harder to heal from homosexuality because there is a lot more pleasure involved in this false self/addiction than there is in other addictions, but you will find that coming back to your original nature, your God-given heterosexual nature is more fulfilling and well worth it. Lastly, the healing process really depends on to what degree you discipline yourself and to what degree you actually want to be cured. You must sincerely want to change if you want to see changes. It could work immediately or it may takes months or years.
All the best to all who want to be saved and come back to their natural God-given nature!