"Insightful and inspiring." Kirkus
"Highly recommend this book be read by everyone grappling with sexuality or faith, and also any Christian grappling with the idea that faith can be dictated by who a person loves. This important book provides hope for the future." Kim Childress, Book Editor, Girls' Life Magazine
"What a beautiful, vulnerable book! By telling her own coming-of-age story with honesty, heartbreak, joy, and whimsy, Stacey gives hope to every faithful LGBTQ+ kid who loves Jesus and yearns to find a path of both flourishing discipleship and love. What a gift." Sarah Bessey, New York Times Bestseller A Rhythm of Prayer and Miracles and Other Reasonable Things
"Still Stace is a beautiful reminder that even in the midst of confusing and heartbreaking moments, God is present and near. For any teen struggling to figure out what God thinks of their sexuality, this book is a wise guide." Matthias Roberts, host of Queerology podcast and author of Beyond Shame
"Still Stace is charming, accessible, and beautifully illustratedbut it isn't afraid to tackle the real challenges faced by so many LGBTQ Christians. For those with similar experiences, this story is a powerful reminder that they aren't alone and that there's hope on the horizon. For people of any orientation, this lesson in unconditional love is not to be missed." Justin Lee, author of Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
"Stacey Chomiak's tender prose captures the heartache of growing up gay in a disapproving Christian home, while her delightful illustrations convey the irrepressible of joy of ultimately finding peace and love." Alex Sanchez, author of Rainbow Boys and You Brought Me the Ocean
"Sweet, and heartfelt, I was cheering Stace on her journey to find acceptance from herself, her community, and her God on every page." Robin Ha, creator of Almost American Girl
"A touching, honest, and, at times, painful story of a life on a journey toward seeing oneself as worthy of love, especially from ourselves, and as someone fearfully and wonderfully made." Jonny Garza Villa, author of Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun
"A book that every young person needs to read, Still Stace sheds an honest and vulnerable light on what it means to be both gay and Christian. This book will save lives." Amber Cantorna, National Speaker, author of Unashamed and Refocusing My Family, and Host of the Unashamed Book Club
Navigating queer and Christian communities can be complicated.
This illustrated memoir by Canadian artist Chomiak traces her life between the summer of 1996, when she was a 16-year-old attending a Christian summer camp and trying to understand confusing feelings about her friend Joanna, until the spring of 2011, when she was heading home to Winnipeg from Vancouver to marry the woman she loved. Chomiak documents the complexities of being a lesbian while growing up in a conservative religious household. The narrative is open and at times raw with the emotional distress of Chomiak’s teen life, from complex relationships with her parents to her hormonal urges, the pain of early hidden relationships, and reconciling her sexuality with her deep faith. Illustrations of Chomiak and the people close to her fill the pages (all present as White), documenting her stress, anxiety, and sadness through her facial expressions and body language. At times, the sepia tones of the illustrations, possibly meant to indicate flashbacks, work against the art’s emotional impact, as the muted colors read as dull and lifeless. This quibble aside, readers of all sexualities and genders will benefit from this glimpse into the life of a Christian lesbian. Other gay Christians will benefit from the resources that are included—lists of faith-oriented websites, organizations, and books designed to help others on their journeys.
Insightful and inspiring. (author’s note, letters to Stace’s younger self, letter to readers) (Memoir. 13-18)