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Living Right Paperback – April 15, 2016
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About the Author
Laila Ibrahim is the acclaimed author of the best-selling novel, Yellow Crocus. The characters in Living Right came to her while she was on a road trip through the Sierra Nevada mountains soon after she legally married her wife, Rinda. She's a devout Unitarian Universalist determined to plant seeds of love and justice in our hurting world. Ibrahim lives in a cohousing community in Berkeley, California, and is a mother of two young adult daughters. She's grateful to be a full-time writer, excited to be working on a sequel to Yellow Crocus. She loves hearing from readers and calling/Skyping into book clubs. www.lailaibrahim.com
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Top Customer Reviews
When Jenn, a staunch Christian and mother of three teenagers, discovers that her only son believes himself to be homosexual, she is devastated. She cannot reconcile her religious beliefs with her son's sexual orientation. She believes he is destined for Hell. The story tells of her son, Josh's, coming-of-age and her own desperate struggle to come to terms with his choices; a struggle which almost breaks her family apart. Josh has to demonstrate his right to independence and Jenn has to learn acceptance.
I was taught that we are given Faith, Hope & Charity, but the greatest of these gifts is Charity (Love). All religions should teach this simple fact, unfortunately they don't, instead they sow dissension.
I loved this book - could not put it down. All the characters are well-drawn, their relationships credible and the subject matter is sensitively handled by a brilliant storyteller. All parents of teenagers should read this book.
Crocuses and wanted more . I was not dissapoined.
Pulled in from word one Ms Ibrahim took me into the heart of a family struggling with the dogma vs Holy Spirit struggle , that was so familiar to me having been raised in a fundamentalist bible church.
Looking forward to the next amazing adventure that Laila Ibrahim has to offer!
It's not a common issue for a novel nor it is a easy one. How does it effect the whole family if you learn (in this case by attempted suicide) that your child is homosexual? What about all the values and the right path to salvation you have been teaching them all their live? Is it your fault? What can you do now?
I am a devoted Christian and I must admit that I recognize a lot of Jenn's thoughts and fears, but I got incredibly angry with her pastor and the camp that was supposed to transform Josh and cure him.
This novel shows how easily we can break our children and with them our families by putting too much pressure on them, by expecting them to live according what we feel as right and by putting law over love.
I don't get a good feeling of the characters, it's like they're a blurry movie and that's to bad because this is a very strong story. This a book about a family of five that's Cristian and lives a "decent" life. Mom is staying home to take care of the kids and now the kids are grown up and teenagers. There's 3 kids and their only son try's to take his own life and their life changes drastically. The challenges he's facing is that he thinks he's gay.
Jenn, the mother is struggling with her faith in God and feels like a failure as a mother. There is a lot of references from the bible and that made me wish I have read more of the bible to get the context. I've read books about gay people but it's always been from the gay person point of view, and it was interesting and heartbreaking to read it from a mother's point of view.
The storyline is good and the writing style makes it easy to read. I enjoyed reading this book although I did feel a little disconnected to the characters as mentioned before.
I would say that this book is very relevant if you as a parent is struggling with accepting your children's or other relatives sexual preferences. I would also recommend it to people curious to why some have hard times accepting lesbian and gay people.
You'll care for and come to love not only the characters you agree with, but also the ones whose viewpoints are troublesome to abhorrent to you. This is a real gift to the reader, because it gives us the chance to exercise and expand our sympathy in the safety of our reading chairs.
Oh, and the book is really well-written, and will sweep you along. I just tore through this thing!