I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce

I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce

by Michael Arceneaux


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Featured as one of Summer 2018’s most anticipated reads by the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Buzzfeed, and Bitch Media.

In the style of New York Times bestsellers You Can’t Touch My Hair, Bad Feminist, and I’m Judging You, a timely collection of alternately hysterical and soul‑searching essays about what it is like to grow up as a creative, sensitive black man in a world that constantly tries to deride and diminish your humanity.

It hasn’t been easy being Michael Arceneaux.

Equality for LGBTQ people has come a long way and all, but voices of persons of color within the community are still often silenced, and being Black in America is...well, have you watched the news?

With the characteristic wit and candor that have made him one of today’s boldest writers on social issues, I Can’t Date Jesus is Michael Arceneaux’s impassioned, forthright, and refreshing look at minority life in today’s America. Leaving no bigoted or ignorant stone unturned, he describes his journey in learning to embrace his identity when the world told him to do the opposite.

He eloquently writes about coming out to his mother; growing up in Houston, Texas; being approached for the priesthood; his obstacles in embracing intimacy that occasionally led to unfortunate fights with fire ants and maybe fleas; and the persistent challenges of young people who feel marginalized and denied the chance to pursue their dreams.

Perfect for fans of David Sedaris, Samantha Irby, and Phoebe Robinson, I Can’t Date Jesus tells us—without apologies—what it’s like to be outspoken and brave in a divisive world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501178856
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 107,425
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard University-educated writer currently living in Harlem. Covering issues related to culture, sexuality, religion, race, and Beyoncé, Michael has written for Complex, Essence, The Guardian, New York magazine, The New York Times, The Root, and many other publications. Additionally, he has lent his commentary to such outlets as MSNBC, NPR, SiriusXM, VH1, and Viceland.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Where'd You Go? 1

The First Taste 13

I See a Priest in You 27

The First, the Worst 43

Diana Ross 59

You Will Die Poor 73

Learning How to Ho and Date and Failing at Both 91

This Place Is No Sanctuary 115

Itchy and Scratchy 129

My Lord and Gyrator 141

The Marrying Kind 155

The Pinkprint 165

I'll Dial That Number 179

The Impossible 195

I Can't Date Jesus 211

Sweet Potato Saddam 225

Epilogue: Yeah, Everything Good… We Good 231

Acknowledgments 239

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I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonce 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought the book after seeing the author interviewed on PBS. His cutting humor and honesty are enjoyable though the flow of the book is sometimes a bit jumpy. He achieved his purpose stated in the Epilogue with this reader!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The dedication page made me laugh so I knew I was in for a good time. The stories Michael tells are difficult but infused with humor that makes you feel like you’re sitting in a bar having a drink with him. This is a book, I imagine, will touch many black, gay men who wondered where it was when they were younger. For the rest of us, it is a reminder of the many turns life can take when we are simply trying to do our best.
BklynLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Michael's honest and funny memoir is an inspiring book for people coming of age today. His story of self-discovery is a witty, quick read that speaks to everyone. Reading this felt having a great talk with an old friend.