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Read to understand. Read to hope. Or like Jackie, read to be made new.
Jackie's story includes growing up fatherless, gender confusion, marijuana abuse, pornography, and homosexuality. Yet, at 19, God broke in and turned her heart toward Him.
Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry
Do you know why we have a hard time believing that a gay girl can become a completely different creature?
Because, we have a hard time believing God. The Pharisees saw the man born blind, heard his testimony, heard about his past and how it was completely different from the present one and refused to believe the miracle because of who the miracle pointed to. They were skeptical of the miracle because they didn't have a real faith in the God who'd done it. The miracle was less about the blind man and more about a good God.
- This is a dynamic story that meets a need of the Church to understand and love those who are in a LGBTQ lifestyle.
- This is a book that meets a need in the LGBTQ community who need to hear from someone who has been in their shoes.
- Jackie Hill Perry is a well-known thinker, poet, rapper, and speaker.
About the Author
- Publication date : September 3, 2018
- File size : 1053 KB
- Print length : 133 pages
- Publisher : B&H Books (September 3, 2018)
- ASIN : B07DV2YQ31
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #47,158 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found Jackie’s story captivating and descriptive while avoiding the graphic tastelessness that sometimes characterizes people’s stories of sexual sin. This prose is clearly written by a woman with the heart of a poet; I couldn’t help but be reminded of Toni Morrison’s Beloved as I read it, the first novel I ever encountered that was written in a stream of consciousness. It’s unusual and the metaphors are thick and heavy if you aren’t used to that style, but for those of us familiar with Jackie’s work this should come as no surprise.
What did surprise me was how carelessly edited it was. Grammatical errors, incorrect word usage (ie: using the word “weary” when the one that was needed was “wary”) and convoluted sentence structure detracted from the quality of an otherwise solid piece of work.
Finally, while Jackie 100% achieves her goal of eclipsing her story with The Story she really wants us to focus on—the one of who God is and what He did in her life—(well done Jackie!!!!) I was a little disappointed at how abruptly she abandons her own narrative at the end and launches into a completely theological discussion divorced from the powerful object lesson of her life and story. She ends it like a Jane Austen novel—right at the door of the relationship we’ve been rooting for. She and Preston are finally together, they overcome the obstacles to their marriage, they get married...and the door shuts in our faces (with the exception of her thoughts about Eden). We have no right to know more. No right to demand details. But given that we’ve been exploring the goodness of God along the path of Jackie’s life, salvation and relationships, I thought the book would have concluded better if she had woven the heavy theological ending together with how she and Preston are navigating marriage with the Lord today.
Overall a great start for Jackie and one that no doubt is bringing glory and honor to God as she hoped and intended. The chapter on the heterosexual gospel needs to be shouted from the rooftops! Thank you Jackie for your transparency and your surrender. Can’t wait for your next one.
Definitely a powerful book and tool whether you struggle with it or not. It does not come off as “conversion therapy” or anything like that.
Highly recommend you read the book and listen to the audiobook. Jackie is the one actually reading it. VERY POWERFUL READ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. PSA: DONT GIFT THIS BOOK to people who are living a LGBTQ lifestyle. Only give it if the person actually wants it. And better yet, read it with them! (I am sharing as a person who previously lived as a nonchristian bisexual. I am currently a Christian and not living a bisexual lifestyle.)
So, I just finished reading this book.
And I can’t recommend it enough. Jackie Hill Perry’s writing is poetic and honest and vulnerable. She talks about her childhood and her relationship with her father. Near the beginning of the book there is a heartbreaking scene where Jackie comes out to her mother when they are in the car together. There are also chronological anecdotes about her youth and early relationships. Interspersed between these scenes are scriptures that Jackie comes to understand the more she discovers about Christ.
I don’t want to give spoilers, so I will just say the structure of the book was one of the things that most stood out to me. In the first part of the book, “Who I was,” she moves from Chapter 1 titled “2006” to Chapter 2 titled “6000 BC-AD 1995” and ties the story of her childhood to the story of creation and the fall. Unlike someone else commented, I actually found these tie-ins to be profound and thoughtful. Every word in “Gay Girl, Good God” read as carefully thought out. I first listened to the book as an audiobook, before going back to look at it on kindle just to see how the words appeared on the page. Listening to the book as an audiobook made it seem as if Jackie herself was telling me her story herself, and the parts about her childhood were particularly heartbreaking.
In the introduction, Jackie mentions that one of the people she wrote the book for are Christians who have not always loved the gay community well. This book really opened my eyes, not just to its main subject, but also about society-defined ideas of womanhood/marriage and how those ideas can infiltrate into the church. The parts about Preston actually brought me to tears. Jackie Hill Perry talks about the pitfalls of the heterosexual gospel, and any other gospel that shifts the focus away from Christ.
Wherever you stand on the issue, you should read/listen to this book. It's tender, moving, and beautiful.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 7, 2018
There is (broadly) speaking a lack of creativity in the chapter headings where the title represents the particular year of her life rather than basing it on a strong theme. Major big life events such as marriage and children could have had a chapter to themselves but instead it pops into the story taking the reader completely unawares. As a result the book feels more disjointed rather than a chronological narrative.
The book is completely saturated in biblical references, which normally I don't mind but do you really want to have the opening sections of a story about your life to be preceded with a study of Genesis? Is it really necessary to have so much text quoted ver batim?
Her journey is one where she has become a Christian and forsaken her previous homosexual identity and perhaps the community she once felt part of. Indeed, the belief that homosexuality is incompatible with Christianity must have have led her to break up with her girlfriend and the book doesn't go into exploring other viewpoints such as the celebate, gay Christian or the affirming, gay Christian.
I do appreciate and respect her story and the bravery it took to share it.
Thank you Jackie Hill Perry for this book! It offers a lot of insight into the struggles of same sex-attracted Christians, honestly but without trying to dumb down the gospel. The gospel reigns in this book.