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Ex-Gay No Way: Survival and Recovery from Religious Abuse [NOOK Book]

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Bringing to light an extreme fundamentalist Christian view, this insider’s perspective offers hope to people grappling with the aftereffects of a cult-like movement often known as “Reparative Therapy.” The movement assumes that going from gay to straight is easily changeable and change-worthy, despite decades of psycho/sexual research to the contrary. Although it did not succeed in making the author—a Southern Baptist who attended an ex-gay ministry at a young age—straight, it did undermine his self-esteem and ...
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Ex-Gay No Way: Survival and Recovery from Religious Abuse

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Overview

Bringing to light an extreme fundamentalist Christian view, this insider’s perspective offers hope to people grappling with the aftereffects of a cult-like movement often known as “Reparative Therapy.” The movement assumes that going from gay to straight is easily changeable and change-worthy, despite decades of psycho/sexual research to the contrary. Although it did not succeed in making the author—a Southern Baptist who attended an ex-gay ministry at a young age—straight, it did undermine his self-esteem and confuse him significantly, thus leading him to pursue an advanced degree in sexology in order to help others in similar positions. Offering a detailed comparison of the ex-gay world and the phenomenon known as Religious Abuse, this manual shares a personal journey through the hopeless mistreatment and manipulative system of ex-gay ministries and the recovery process involved in regaining strength, acceptance, and self-worth.
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Editorial Reviews

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"People involved with any sort of religious or spiritual group would do well to read this book so they can recognize the symptoms of religious leaders who become abusive and power-hungry."  —New Spirit Journal

"The ultimate ex-gay survivor guide and so much more. Its relevancy will help each individual move through the complexities of the perceived conflict between faith and sexuality. Ex-gay, No Way’ will not only show you the way, it will accelerate the process."  —exgayaustralia.blogspot

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844093588
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jallen Rix, EdD, is a speaker, author, and educator on sexology. He writes a column called "Sex Ed in Bed," is a regular columnist for gay.com, and has appeared on TV talk shows such as ABC's 20/20. He lives in San Francisco.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Peaceful Place in the Past 7

1 Refreshing My Memory with Some Not-So-Refreshing Memories: My Religious and Ex-gay Story 17

2 More Ex-gay Experiences: Stories of Other Ex-gay Survivors 47

3 Religious Abuse & the Ex-gay Movement - Twins Hatched from the Same Egg: A Comparison 63

4 Drinking the Kool-Aid: All about Denial 83

5 My Voice in the Crowd: Becoming My Authentic Self 93

6 What Ex-gays Cannot Do: The Challenge of Unconditional Love 109

7 Taking My Spirituality Personally in Every Way: My Spiritual journey 117

8 Our Obsessively Negative View of Sexuality: The Source of Much of the Problem 139

9 Sexuality and Spirituality - Twins Hatched from the Same Egg: Solutions to the Problem 153

10 Embracing Adulthood: More Step in My Recovery Process 187

11 All I've Learned Comes Home: Keeping Love the Focus with My Family 199

Conclusion

An Invitation: My Hope for the Future 221

Acknowledgments 235

Appendix: Steps to Telling Your Story 237

Bibliography 239

Endnotes 243

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