Gay Girl, Good God
"I used to be a lesbian." In Gay Girl, Good God, author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless and experienced gender confusion. She abused marijuana, loved pornography, and embraced both masculinity and homosexuality with every fiber of her being. She knew that Christians had a lot to say about all of the above. But was she supposed to change herself? How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could? At age 19, Jackie came face-to-face with what it meant to be made new. And not in a church, or through contact with Christians—God broke in and turned her heart towards Him right in her own bedroom in light of His gospel. Read in order to understand. Read in order to hope. Or read in order, like Jackie, to be made new.

Gay Girl, Good God Details

TitleGay Girl, Good God
Author
ReleaseSep 3rd, 2018
PublisherB&H Books
ISBN-139781462751228
Rating
GenreSexuality, Religion, Faith, Lgbt, Biography, Biography Memoir, Spirituality, Nonfiction, Christianity, Gender and Sexuality

Gay Girl, Good God Review

  • David Schroeder
    January 1, 1970
    A beautiful memoir and must read even if you think you would relate little to none to her story. I'm not into hip hop or spoken word. I'm not gay (or was). I am a man. I didn't grow up dealing with any of the circumstances like Jackie did. There is very little reason to read this except for the sake of empathy and that in this case, empathy and understanding is the most important reason. Everyone has a story and hers is worth reading. This is not a book just about homosexuality. It is about disc A beautiful memoir and must read even if you think you would relate little to none to her story. I'm not into hip hop or spoken word. I'm not gay (or was). I am a man. I didn't grow up dealing with any of the circumstances like Jackie did. There is very little reason to read this except for the sake of empathy and that in this case, empathy and understanding is the most important reason. Everyone has a story and hers is worth reading. This is not a book just about homosexuality. It is about discovering the beauty of grace and love from the most wonderful savior, Jesus. Jackie's story is a reflection of the gospel and we should all stand up and praise God for how He works in hearts, especially Jackie's. In the book I certainly was educated about what someone who is a gay goes through. I also got an intimate glimpse into how it is grace that triumphs in someone's life, not their sexuality. We get far too wrapped up in sexual identity in our society when where our hearts truly yearn to be known by God. The good news in this case is that He already knows you. He knows me. And his grace is beautiful. He just wants us to to go to HIm. Read Jackie's story and you'll see.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know how I ran across Jackie Hill Perry, but after hearing her story...and how she talked about her story, I wanted to know more. I've listened to numerous interviews with her and always walk away not as interested in her ex-gay conversation but instead her talk about God.This story is a brutally honest, poetic, saturated in Scripture memoir of exactly what the tagline says, "who I was and Who God has always been."As Jackie tells bits of her story, she then turns to God's Word to explain I don't know how I ran across Jackie Hill Perry, but after hearing her story...and how she talked about her story, I wanted to know more. I've listened to numerous interviews with her and always walk away not as interested in her ex-gay conversation but instead her talk about God.This story is a brutally honest, poetic, saturated in Scripture memoir of exactly what the tagline says, "who I was and Who God has always been."As Jackie tells bits of her story, she then turns to God's Word to explain, to educate and show what God has taught her from those times and events.I really wanted to write something profound about this book but I can't b/c the book itself was so profound I wouldn't do it justice.Here's what you need to know--this book isn't a "what Christians should do about the gay conversation" nor is it a racy listen-to-my-gay-story or a gays-are-wrong manifesto. Instead, it's a beautiful story of how God loves us, how He desires us and how He wants us and wants us to want Him.You will love Jackie's beautiful poetic prose and her attention to Scripture. You'll also walk away with a new love for God. I did.
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  • Amy Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    Jackie’s testimony is powerful. Also, if you replace “gay” with whatever your personal idol is, really good book about worshipping God instead of gods. Convicting book, whether you are gay or not.
  • Bill Pence
    January 1, 1970
    Jackie Hill Perry is a 29-year-old writer, speaker and artist, who was born in St. Louis. She writes that she has written this book out of love for what a good God what done for her – loving her and giving her new life and a new heart. She tells us that what God has done to her soul is worth telling. It is to invite us into her worship. The book is broken into three parts. Part 1: Who I WasThe author tells us that she was attracted to girls before she knew how to spell her name. After discussing Jackie Hill Perry is a 29-year-old writer, speaker and artist, who was born in St. Louis. She writes that she has written this book out of love for what a good God what done for her – loving her and giving her new life and a new heart. She tells us that what God has done to her soul is worth telling. It is to invite us into her worship. The book is broken into three parts. Part 1: Who I WasThe author tells us that she was attracted to girls before she knew how to spell her name. After discussing what took place in her second grade classroom, she writes that in 2006 she was asked by a girl at a high school dance if she wanted to be her girlfriend. She said “no” at the time, but really wanted to. But when she thought of the girl she would think of spending eternity in hell. Her heart was saying “yes” but her conscience was saying “no”. Eventually she gave in, however. Satan told her to do what felt good. She trusted herself more than she trusted God. Sin was better than submission. The author’s mother and her father, an employee at her mother’s restaurant met at an East St. Louis club in 1988. This would eventually lead to a pregnancy. The author’s mother considered aborting the child. The relationship between Jackie’s mother and father didn’t work out, and Jackie grew up without a father at home. He rarely visited and she was convinced that he didn’t love her. Jackie writes of him dying unexpectedly at a relatively young age. Jackie was sexually abused by a teen-age family member in a dark basement. As she grew up, her experiences with men in her life were an absentee father and a sexually abusive relative. As a lesbian, Jackie was manly, and her girlfriend wanted her to play the role of the stud in their relationship. She would have at least one other girlfriend. At that time, Jackie was an enemy of God. But God was using her conscience. He was hunting her. In addition, a family member prayed for her. She realized that she would have to choose between God and her girlfriend. She writes about being saved in her room. Part 2: Who I Became Jackie writes that she faced a temptation with a beautiful girl the very next day after she was saved. Fortunately, she was sustained by God. Jackie writes that she wished that she had been told about more about the beauty of God rather than the horrors of hell, a good reminder for all of us. She writes of being discipled by a woman in Los Angeles, and moving there from St. Louis. She writes of missing her girlfriend, but God told her that His word was true, even if it contradicted how she felt. She needed to fight sin with the Gospel. Ultimately, she loved God more that the Gay community. She writes of learning what biblical womanhood was, and starting to dress in a feminine manner. Jackie met future husband Preston at a poet event in Los Angeles. She writes of having hurt him, but he still pursued her. Part 3: SSA and....Approximately the last quarter of the book is comprised of chapters that serve as helpful resources for others dealing with Same Sex Attraction (SSA). Jackie writes that our identity is only in Christ, not our temptations, but what Christ has done for us. • SSA and Identity: Jackie writes that how you identify yourself will shape how you navigate life. She reviews four categories that will help SSA Christians in their sanctification: 1. Identity of Sin. Sin is not beautiful. 2. Identity of a Saint. You are not your temptations. 3. Identity of the Church. You are not alone. 4. Identity of God. God is better than you can imagine. • SSA and EnduranceJackie addresses the enduring and sometimes difficult struggle that SSA Christians will face against temptation.• SSA and the Heterosexual Gospel (which is not a gospel at all). 1. We are more than our sexuality. We were not ultimately made for sex. We were made for God and his glory alone. 2. Marriage is not the pinnacle of the Christian faith. 3. Singleness is not a curse. 4. Evangelism is about God. Jackie uses scripture effectively throughout the book. I listened to the audiobook version of the book, which was well-read by the author. Highly recommended.
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  • Steph
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Jackie‘s testimony is a powerful story and this book is a work of art! She did an amazing job at writing and pointing out how amazing God is, saving her from her sin. I’ve been a fan of Jackie ever since the early days of poetry with P4CM and this book did not disappoint as a matter of fact, I am amazed. Her authorship is very similar to her poetry, she not only tells a story she paints pictures with words as she tells her story and presents the gospel. She gives a clear yet raw appeal to t Wow! Jackie‘s testimony is a powerful story and this book is a work of art! She did an amazing job at writing and pointing out how amazing God is, saving her from her sin. I’ve been a fan of Jackie ever since the early days of poetry with P4CM and this book did not disappoint as a matter of fact, I am amazed. Her authorship is very similar to her poetry, she not only tells a story she paints pictures with words as she tells her story and presents the gospel. She gives a clear yet raw appeal to those in the LGBT+ community and to those in the church to not look at “sexuality” but look at God. I started and finished the book the day that it came out and this is hands-down the best book I’ve read/listened to all year. PS. If you’re a fan of her poetry, get the audiobook, you’ll be glad you did
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  • Mary Wiley
    January 1, 1970
    This book is one that should be read by every Christian. Jackie's writing is beautiful, and her story is one of God calling her from unbelief to obedience. Jackie clearly discusses that God hasn't removed her desires completely, but that her love for Him is stronger than her desire to do what she chooses. This book isn't just for those struggling with same-sex attraction, but it is a grace-filled book for all of us who struggle. It's a reminder that Jesus is truly better and that He is worth fol This book is one that should be read by every Christian. Jackie's writing is beautiful, and her story is one of God calling her from unbelief to obedience. Jackie clearly discusses that God hasn't removed her desires completely, but that her love for Him is stronger than her desire to do what she chooses. This book isn't just for those struggling with same-sex attraction, but it is a grace-filled book for all of us who struggle. It's a reminder that Jesus is truly better and that He is worth following, even when it's hard.
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  • David Albee
    January 1, 1970
    100% one of the greatest Christian books I’ve ever read. So honest and personal. Also, Jackie reads the audiobook so, it feels even more honest.Every Christian needs to read this book.The honesty, the openness, and grace with how she tells God’s story of her life.*tears*Dear God, please help me to be more like You and like Jackie!Such a woman of God and.
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  • Margaret Nkhosi
    January 1, 1970
    The honesty and vulnerability in this book....
  • Anthony Hiltz
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully written story about how the Lord loves us enough to come after us regardless of where we are! This is saturated in the gospel!
  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Review pending at Servants of Grace.
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