Loves God, Likes Girls  -     By: Sally Gary
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Loves God, Likes Girls

ACU Press / 2013 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: ACU Press
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0891123598
ISBN-13: 9780891123590
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For many Christians who experience same-sex attraction, reconciling faith and homosexuality is a lonely and painful journey. "LOVES GOD, LIKES GIRLS--A MEMOIR" is one woman's recollection of her journey, allowing faith to plunge her into deeper discovery of the truth about her sexuality.

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  1. Cindy Navarro
    Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An honest look at same sex attraction
    July 1, 2013
    Cindy Navarro
    Cullman, AL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is an honest look at Sally Gary's life and some of the factors that may, or may not, have played a role in her attraction to women. When I was offered the chance to read this, I had doubts I could fully relate to her story, but was hoping for a greater understanding. First off, this is a woman I could definitely be friends with since we have quite a bit in common. She also has an engaging writing style that kept my attention and the things she had to say stayed with me. Actually, there were times I would read how she felt and think, "Me too...but I have never had an attraction to another woman." Admittedly, she had some very bizarre encounters with males in leadership who abused their authority, but did that make a difference?

    In fact, there are no definite answers offered. The author does provide answers of ways that a Christian can be more compassionate and willing to listen and the benefits of a strong support group. As a single woman, I certainly understand the lonliness she sometimes feels, and it isn't something you always feel comfortable sharing within a church setting. There are Singles groups that provides a safe haven for some, but how many are welcoming to those who struggle with homosexuality? I would have liked to have had a few more answers on having a safe place for a civil discussion, and her struggles as an adult. On the other hand, too many authors are willing to share way more detail than I want to know. I do recommend this book to others as the chance to get to know someone who struggles with an attraction that she honestly feels is against God's will. We all have them, but there is no doubt that this is an issue that can cause outrage no matter what your belief system or personal experience. I wish I could give it a 4.5 stars; I really liked this book.

    I was given a copy of this book by New Leaf Publishing Group in hopes I would give a fair and honest review. There was no compensation and all opinions are my own.
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    memoir of unwanted same-sex attraction
    June 1, 2013
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Sally shares vignettes from her childhood with a father who had bouts of raging anger and then may not speak to her for months. She had fear of him, even into adulthood. The inconsistency of his personality took a toll on her. She believed her father didn't love her as much as her mother did.

    In grade school, Sally felt like she didn't belong. When with other girls, "I knew I didn't belong. I acted as though I did, but inside I knew I was all alone." (102) She didn't feel like she was doing a good job of being a girl. She was often mistaken for a boy. By high school, she hadn't developed physically as quickly as the other girls. She felt uncomfortable being a girl.

    She shares events over her early life that built up her mistrust of men. Men were angry, deceptive and dangerous. Women were safe and were her advocates.

    While she dated men in college, by her junior year she felt like she was in love with another female student. Although she did not act on her feelings, she could not deny they were a part of her.

    Sally went in to a career of teaching after college graduation. She continued to have experiences, such as with male principals, that reinforced her feelings toward men.

    Being a Christian, and having been raised in a Christian home (yes, a Christian home with a Sunday School teaching, raging father), Sally knew the life of holiness to which she was called. She sought counseling. She was able to talk with her parents and form a relationship with her father. She decided to go back to school and get a law degree.

    Sally does not have any easy answers for her life. She still finds herself living in tension, the unresolved conflict of what God calls her too and the longing to be in intimate relationship. She is still filled with questions as to how to live the life of holiness.

    This is a very insightful memoir. At first I thought Sally spent too much time on her childhood but I realized how important those childhood experiences were in the development of her personality.

    In the end, Sally offers no pat answers. She knows what Scripture says. She knows what God requires of her. She still struggles. She writes that if someone can relate to her story and feel less alone, then it has all been worth it. (239) She has established a nonprofit ministry called CenterPeace, providing safe places for conversation about same-sex attraction.

    This is an excellent book for Christians experiencing unwanted same-sex attraction, for families and church leaders who want to understand and respond to those experiencing same-sex attraction, and for parents who want to instill healthy views of gender in their children. (Fathers beware. Your anger could have a devastating effect on your children.)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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