Gay Children, Straight Parents: A Plan for Family Healing

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Here is hope and healing for families.

If you are a parent looking for real guidance and wise help for healing and restoring your relationship with a son or daughter dealing with same-sex attraction, Richard Cohen has written this book for you. Out of his own experience and the experience of many of those he has served in his counseling practice, Cohen sets out a step-by-step plan that offers a path toward renewed family relationships grounded ...

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Overview

Here is hope and healing for families.

If you are a parent looking for real guidance and wise help for healing and restoring your relationship with a son or daughter dealing with same-sex attraction, Richard Cohen has written this book for you. Out of his own experience and the experience of many of those he has served in his counseling practice, Cohen sets out a step-by-step plan that offers a path toward renewed family relationships grounded in love, faith and mutual respect.

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Editorial Reviews

Regina Griggs
"We all want the best for our children. Please read this book and follow Richard's suggestions for building a healthy parent-child relationship, one based on unconditional love and mutual respect."
Arthur Goldberg
"It is with gratitude to Richard for filling so many voids in the world of healing same-sex attraction, and for his continuing leadership and distinctive insights, that I highly recommend this long-awaited text."
Katherine M. Allen
"A helpful resource for parents who are intentional about loving their children well."
Janelle M. Hallman
"I enthusiastically recommend Gay Children, Straight Parents as a must-read for every parent facing the difficult discovery of their child's homosexuality. Richard's compassionate approach relieves the stigma and shame often associated with a loved-one's homosexual struggle. Whether a parent has just found out or is years into their journey with their gay son or daughter, they will glean understanding, support, guidance and encouragement in their ongoing efforts to love their child well."
Bob & Sue
"This book helped us go from shock and disbelief to an understanding of what happened to our son who experiences same-sex attractions. It showed us how to develop an action plan to help heal the wounds of his heart. This sensitive, intelligent man is now, with his dad's love and encouragement, learning to take the necessary steps into manhood. The personal stories of change throughout the book gave us real hope. We feel confident about our son's future."
Michael & Linda
"Words cannot express the gratitude that we feel in our hearts for the incredible enlightenment that we have received from Gay Children, Straight Parents. This book has changed the life of our family and helped our daughter heal from same-sex attractions. Words can never express the depth of our gratitude."
Joseph Nicolosi
"Richard is movingly candid about the brokenness in his own family life, and he's not afraid to get down in the trenches and cry, mourn and laugh with everyone else who struggles. This book offers sound practical advice for healing family relationships."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830834372
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2007
  • Pages: 233
  • Sales rank: 794,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Cohen
Richard Cohen, M.A. is a psychotherapist, coach and educator in the field of sexual reorientation therapy, and the author of Gay Children, Straight Parents; Coming Out Straight and Alfie's Home. He is the executive director of the International Healing Foundation (IHF) based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.
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Table of Contents

IntroductionSection One: Personal Healing
Step One. Take Care of Yourself
Step Two. Do Your Own Work
Step Three. Experience God's LoveSection Two: Relational Healing
Step Four. Investigate the Causes of SSA
Step Five. Utilize Effective Communication Skills
Step Six. Make Things Right Between You and Your SSA Child
Step Seven. Discover Your Child's Love Language and Participate in Their Interests
Step Eight. Same-Sex Parent Display Appropriate Physical Affection
Step Nine. Opposite-Sex Parent Take Two Steps BackSection Three: Community Healing
Step Ten. Create a Warm and Welcoming Environment in Your Home, Place of Worship and Community
Step Eleven. Boyfriends, Girlfriends, Ceremonies and Sleepovers
Step Twelve. Find Mentors and Mentor Others
Conclusion
Appendix: Treatment Plans
Recommended Reading List
International Resources
Addendum: Healing Seminars and Family Healing Sessions
About the Author
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