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A Young Man's Journey: Healing for Young Men with Unwanted Homosexual Feelings
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What was very helpful to me as a teen was that I read a short article on a topic such as this. This helped me tremendously because as an adult I was better able to remember relevant things that happened to me when I was in elementary school that I would have otherwise have forgotten. My experience shows that it is good to get this information in the hands of teens early on. They will remember a lot more and they will have a written copy of what they remembered and what they experienced that they can look back at years later.
This book is a fantastic idea and can be a powerful aid to teens and young adults struggling with same-sex attraction.
Godfrey describes his experiences in middle and high school with his female classmates, and needless to say, they weren’t very good. He saw the girls as friends, not as people he was attracted too, and since the girls often tried to seduce him, it was even more difficult. From his aunts, he was told that men were detached, didn’t want to listen. From his father he learned that flirting with girls was sinful, as shown where his father deliberately sat between him and a girl in church so they wouldn’t look at each other. Then he attended a Christian camp, where the boys are only interested in doing things that are forbidden by the church. From that he learned about hypocracy.
Each chapter ends with a list of questions. In the chapter on sexual abuse, there’s a checklist for all the things that might be going through a young man’s mind while he’s being abused; does he think it was his fault, was he looking for a mentor, did he know deep down that this was wrong?
Godfrey also touches on the issue of pornography, which he sees not as a perversion but as a kind of addiction. He says that viewing it doesn’t make you a pervert, but you do need to recognize that it’s not something you can control. I don’t necessarily agree that porn is evil, but I don’t think it helps young men improve their sex lives either. Seeing women with large round breasts, big brown nipples, perfectly round butt cheeks, big beautiful lips, long blond hair, and “come hither” looks can make you expect too much when you finally get laid. The average woman looks nothing like that. Just like the famous writer John Ruskin was horrified to discover that his wife had pubic hair, the average young man will have a hard time with the fact that women aren’t all Vogue models.
I’m going to give Floyd Godfrey credit for the effort. He touches on a lot of issues with regard to how young people are taught about sex dating. It’s definitely something that has to be dealt with through sex ed.
Floyd's style is gentle and conversational, but the information presented is backed up with cold, hard science. Not accusations, not tit-for-tat arguments, but documented research. Is change possible? Yes, it is - and so say thousands who have made changes in their sexual attractions. Is it easy work? No. Nothing that is valuable ever is easy to attain. But if you're dissatisfied with what the world says and feeling hopeless at your future, know that there IS hope for you.
We've found hope in Floyd's words and teaching - not in the man himself, but in the material he presents, and it's created a huge amount of healing in our family. May they be equally as inspiring and helpful to those who need the message he presents.