No More Goodbyes: Circling the Wagons Around Our Gay Loved Ones

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VOYA - Erin Kilby
Pearson's previous work, Goodbye, I Love You (Random House, 1986), a memoir about the relationship between Pearson and her gay husband, Gerald, who died of AIDS in 1984, provides the foundation for this second book calling for acceptance and sensitivity to the homosexual community. This timely work, an evaluation of Mormon attitudes about homosexuality, offers an alternative message to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other faiths whose doctrines condemn homosexuality as grave sin. Primarily a collection of letters and anecdotes from current and former gay and lesbian Mormons and their families, the book helps to "put a face on" those persons who have been ostracized from their faith communities. Attention is drawn to the high rates of suicide among young Mormon males, the church's practice of treating homosexuals through "reparative therapy," and the referrals of individuals to Evergreen, a support group focused on assisting homosexuals to "reorient" to a heterosexual lifestyle. In light of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act and legislation permitting same-sex marriage and civil unions in some states, Pearson's message is surprisingly not legalistic. Instead her heartwarming stories of reconciliation as well as her heart-wrenching accounts of tragedy encourage the faithful to follow the example of Jesus and love unconditionally, or in Pearson's words, "circle the wagons" and rally behind gay and lesbian loved ones. Teens inundated with conflicting messages about homosexuality will find that regardless of one's views about sexual orientation, Pearson's message and her "New Frontier" is one of love-a message that is urgent, valuable, and thankfully difficultto resist.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780963885241
  • Publisher: Brigham Distributing
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: ANN
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 943,426
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2010

    So thankful for "No More Goodbyes"

    I can't begin to tell you what this book has done for me, or others. I honestly can not fathom how but voluminous lives this has touched, it is very epic.

    I'm a Christian and this was so heartening, educating and inspirational. I needed cultural guidance, wisdom, and knowledge about homosexuality and being LDS. This book has moved mountains for me personally and for my boyfriend. If you are struggling with your religion/sexuality; if you are a gay parent (religous/non-religous); if you are a gay brother/sister/cousin/step-relative/grandparent/guardian/aunt-uncle; if you are a gay friend; if you are straight; if you don't know anyone who is gay; if you're blue, red, green, black, orange, tan, white; if you have strong dislike or discomfort with homosexuality; if you're afraid of homosexuality; please, please read this book. It is sad, happy, challenging, un-biased, and historical.

    It is very un-biased. As a gay man myself, I thank God for Carol Lynn Pearson. She may never know what this book did for so many people, yet she follows her calling, her purpose to do so. Thank You Ms. Pearson. Thank You....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2007

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    I lent my book to someone who read it and said it was a sad book. I found it inspirational. I battled trying to reconcile my religious beliefs with my sexuality and eventually, for my own mental health, called a moratorium on the whole thing. The end result was that I walked away from my religion. I saw myself in many of the stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2006

    Sad, stark, moving, and encouraging - a MUST READ

    This book is an amazing collection of stories - both disheartening and encouraging - from families who have a gay family member. The stories are from every part of the world, and from a number of religious perspectives. The book ilustrates just how many gay people we've lost to suicide though ignorance, prejudice, and by turning our backs on the ones we're supposed to love. I'd recommend this book to anyone who has ever had a gay friend or relative. It's an eye-opening, heart-warming wakeup call for all of us to truly practice loving one another.

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