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Very slow read, not as radical as I hoped, lacks deeper insight.
on September 19, 2015
I came here after following a link posted by the author on a social media site. I am now perplexed as to why the writer goes on tangents about being a Muslim in America but doesn't use his Muslim name. If he wants to stand up for Muslims why hide his own origin? Being a gay Muslim myself, I find the way Mattilda (Ali Rachid Abbas) conducts himself publicly very appalling. Why can't an opposing opinion be allowed without name-calling? Without people being called racist, bigoted, intolerant? Knowing how a person actually behaves versus how he preaches lends for an interesting point of view. Despite that, I decided to read and keep an open mind. I dug in for 2 reasons. First, to see if it really represents LGBT well and second so I can see what Mattilda is actually dealing with versus what he claims he deals with.
This is actually a collection of 31 essays (3-8 pages each). Some were great, but most were boring, lacked a point, and were slow reads. I felt like my brain was being dragged through mud. I struggled to finish it. I didn't feel any inspiration. I was disappointed that it wasn't as radical as I hoped. It feels like some of the essays are written by the same person. I understand it gets edited by the same individual but that shouldn't take away from the authors stories. I would not promote this book. There are better reads out there.