Book Review: Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

“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, experienced gender confusion, 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 nineteen, 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 toward 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.

 

 

 

When I usually read books written by strong religious people I kind of know what I´m getting myself into. There are always parts I find utterly ridiculous. Interesting, but still nothing to take too serious. Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry is not one of those books I´d consider light or easy to digest. This isn´t a petty guide on how to be the super Christian or how to live your life the ridiculously God-honoring way. This book is a memoir about a woman who was once a lesbian until she was made new. Ergo- until she turned into a heterosexual by the likes of religion.

I´m at a loss for words. And I don´t think I´ll ever find the right words to describe my feelings for this memoir.

I´m not here to force my atheist agenda on anyone but this book is far from a pleasurable read. The author made some bold statements I just don´t agree with.

While written rather well, I also wasn´t able to understand the true purpose of her story. It was clear the author wanted to share her experiences and views but with what goal? To give others who´re struggling with sexual identity/life hope that if they´d turn their attention to God they´d be fine? Poof! You´re cured of homosexuality? Because that´s the message I got from reading this book. A life with God is a good life. Sure. I can float with that. But the indirect message- Nope.

Most important, though.. Do I want to pass this message forward? Do I want to direct struggling individuals towards God? I don´t think I want to. Which is why I won´t recommend this book. Gay Girl. Good God is an interesting and slightly disturbing memoir.

 

 

For those who still want to give this book a go… You can click here and get a copy on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “Book Review: Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

    1. To me it felt like she felt some weird guilt for being a lesbian. She was also not comfortable being masculine eventhough she chose to dress as such. All in all it felt like she was looking for a cure and religion gave her one as the bible and the religious community gave her strict regulations on how a woman should be. Poof! Now she´s how she´s supposed to be. It sounded like she was looking for help but found the wrong crowd. Meeh, a disturbing read. Made me feel all sorts of uncomfortable, to be honest.

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