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Editorial Reviews


"I encourage many to read the following testimonial, which... bears witness to the mercy and goodness of God, to the efficacy of his grace, and to the veracity of the teachings of his Church."
— Cardinal Robert Sarah
, from the Foreword; Author, God or Nothing

p>"Daniel Mattson has written an honest account of the genuine struggles faced by those with same-sex attraction. Drawing upon a wealth of spiritual insights and wisdom from across our deep Catholic tradition, he shares with us how he has come to understand and accept God's loving plan for his life, as well as the beauty and richness of the Church's teachings on chastity. The tenderness and mercy of God is evident throughout and is a powerful reminder for all of us!"
— Cardinal Timothy Dolan
, Archbishop of New York p>"This powerful book reminds us that we need to accompany our brothers and sisters in their struggles with compassion and love, patience and understanding. I pray that this book will help many to discover God's love and to find happiness in following Jesus Christ and his beautiful plan for creation and our lives."
— Most Reverend José H. Gomez
, Archbishop of Los Angeles p>"Dan Mattson is a profile in courage.  This profoundly moving story of his experience of same sex attraction and his reflections on the hard-won truth that those attractions do not define him mark a way forward for others.  I highly recommend this memoir to pastoral ministers accompanying our brothers and sisters in similar circumstances."
— Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley, GCIH OFM Cap.
, Archbishop of Boston

"Saint Peter writes, 'His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through these you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of passion, and become partakers of the divine nature' (2 Pet 1:3). Dan Mattson sincerely embraces this promise. His story demonstrates that such a divine project is, through one's encounter with Jesus, well within our grasp."
— Most Rev. Michael J. Byrnes
, Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam

p>"Mattson generously opens his own heart to the reader, sharing the deep suffering and remarkable redemption that have shaped his life… This book is truly a witness to God's ability to bring abundant life, peace of heart, and joy."
— Cardinal Thomas Collins
, Archbishop of Toronto p>"This easy to read, encouraging and personal witness of a man who found a way to peace may mark a turning point for the Church in getting ahead of this issue of our times and in offering a quiet Gospel space where many of its sons and daughters can be free."
— Most Rev. John Keenan
, Bishop of Paisley, Scotland
p>"Dan Mattson's witness is courageous and compassionate. It deserves the utmost respect."
— George Weigel
, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics & Public Policy Center

"Mattson's book is honest, generous, wise, and very well written. This book resembles many of the spiritual classics and, indeed, may become one."
— Janet Smith, Ph.D.
, Editor, Living the Truth in Love: Pastoral Approaches to Same-Sex Attraction

p>If you read only one book on the subject of same-sex attraction, it should be this one. Yet Daniel Mattson's luminously truthful book is about so much more besides, such as humility, magnanimity, true manhood, purity of heart, and the gift and discipline of friendship. Superb."
— J. Budziszewski, Ph.D.
, Author, On t

About the Author

Daniel C. Mattson is a writer and a public speaker who proclaims the Good News of the Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality. His story is told in the award-winning documentary Desire of the Everlasting Hills. A professional orchestral trombone player, Mattson has performed and presented master classes around the world, including at the famed St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ignatius Press (June 2, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 338 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1621640728
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1621640721
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 13.3 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.25 x 0.88 x 8 inches
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