Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been

Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been

"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 Christi...

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Title:Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been
Author:Jackie Hill Perry
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Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been Reviews

  • David  Schroeder

    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.

  • Amanda

    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.

  • Hannah

    I really wasn't sure what to expect, but wow...this woman's heart for God really jumped off the page. I didn't know anything about Jackie Hill Perry, so I wasn't expecting the highly poetic prose. I really enjoyed her writing style.

    Now, the book isn't a strict course of theological apologetics: this is Jackie's heartfelt testimony of what all God saved her from. She doesn't attempt to answer all the naysayers; she preaches Jesus and what His holiness and grace drew her out of. As a testimony of

    I really wasn't sure what to expect, but wow...this woman's heart for God really jumped off the page. I didn't know anything about Jackie Hill Perry, so I wasn't expecting the highly poetic prose. I really enjoyed her writing style.

    Now, the book isn't a strict course of theological apologetics: this is Jackie's heartfelt testimony of what all God saved her from. She doesn't attempt to answer all the naysayers; she preaches Jesus and what His holiness and grace drew her out of. As a testimony of her salvation, this book is beautiful and well done. I agreed with all her theological points, something I find all too rarely. Well done, Jackie.

    Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy. A positive review was not required.

  • Amy Morgan

    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.

  • Ashley

    It's difficult to rate a person's memoir and how they view their own life. However, reading this critically as both a Christian and a member of the LGBTQ community, I found some aspects hard to swallow. First, Jackie seems to avoid the use of the term "sexual orientation" and uses the phrase "same-sex attraction" instead. While this may not seem troublesome, members of the LGBTQ community are likely to read that and come to the conclusion that she is calling the attraction a choice rather than s

    It's difficult to rate a person's memoir and how they view their own life. However, reading this critically as both a Christian and a member of the LGBTQ community, I found some aspects hard to swallow. First, Jackie seems to avoid the use of the term "sexual orientation" and uses the phrase "same-sex attraction" instead. While this may not seem troublesome, members of the LGBTQ community are likely to read that and come to the conclusion that she is calling the attraction a choice rather than something we are born with. Near the end of the book, Jackie does say that it would be wrong to expect Christian's worth same sex attraction to completely lose that attraction, she says that the person should endure to ignore those attractions and look to God.

    I am someone who had a relationship/faith in God/Jesus long before I accepted my sexuality. But, like Jackie, those attractions were there from an early age, long before either of us could have known what sexuality was.

    I appreciate her willingness to share her story, but I fear how these words will be used by Christian's in a damaging way to the LGBTQ community. While Jackie is right that we are more than our sexuality, our sexuality is still a part of us. It is something that I feel we are born with. To write about a loving God who created us, formed us in his image, and then to imply that there is something wrong with those who dont fit the heterosexual mold seems contradictory.

  • Orion

    For those fellow LGBT Christians: this book is nothing new. It is the same old “love the sinner, hate the sin” rhetoric we have heard for many years. The author doesn’t believe herself being gay is a sin, but that engaging in lesbian relationships is. As a bisexual and trans Christian, it is disheartening for me to see so many “open minded” straight Christians latching on to this book as a way to still oppose homosexuality without seeming hateful.

    I believe with all my heart and soul that God do

    For those fellow LGBT Christians: this book is nothing new. It is the same old “love the sinner, hate the sin” rhetoric we have heard for many years. The author doesn’t believe herself being gay is a sin, but that engaging in lesbian relationships is. As a bisexual and trans Christian, it is disheartening for me to see so many “open minded” straight Christians latching on to this book as a way to still oppose homosexuality without seeming hateful.

    I believe with all my heart and soul that God does not think being LGBT and engaging in gay and lesbian relationships is a sin. Sexuality is a God-given gift, we should embrace it and live our lives fully. I’m glad the author has found wholeness, but acting like this is a prescription for most LGBT Christians is a recipe for repression and mental illnesses, plain and simple.

  • Kelsey

    I feel sorry for Jackie Hill Perry. This is a terrible experience to have had, feeling as though you have to pretend to be heterosexual in order to fit in with your community. And for what? Are your friends really your friends and your family your family if they can sleep at night knowing that they rejected the love that you give to the world because it’s not the “right” kind? Or are those people just cowards who’d rather condemn you to a life without really romance because they’re scared that y

    I feel sorry for Jackie Hill Perry. This is a terrible experience to have had, feeling as though you have to pretend to be heterosexual in order to fit in with your community. And for what? Are your friends really your friends and your family your family if they can sleep at night knowing that they rejected the love that you give to the world because it’s not the “right” kind? Or are those people just cowards who’d rather condemn you to a life without really romance because they’re scared that you’re “other” and that that will supposedly affect their prospects.

    You can pretend that you’ve been “saved” (from what? love?) but the only abomination I see around here is so-called humans who are proud to force others into the depths of utter sadness and desperation because they’re so self-obsessed that they can’t think about anybody else’s lives.

  • Tasha

    I hope anyone who is looking at these reviews wondering if this book could help them “pray away the gay” or anything along the lines of that sees this comment.

    Your sexuality, no matter gay, straight or something in between isn’t something to be ashamed of. Love is love, and I’m sorry if anyone has ever made you feel like who you are is something you have to change.

    You are perfect the way you are.

  • Anthony

    “When you lie to me, you lie to yourself. You’re only lying to yourself.”

    — Beyoncé, “Don’t Hurt Yourself”

  • Rachel Oates

    Short Review: A truly harmful and heartbreaking book, written by a woman who is clearly in need of help, support and kindness not encouragement. To anyone struggling with their sexuality, religious or not, or to anyone who knows someone who is part of the LGBT+ community: Please ignore everything in this book and live your life doing the complete opposite of Jackie.

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    Short Review: A truly harmful and heartbreaking book, written by a woman who is clearly in need of help, support and kindness not encouragement. To anyone struggling with their sexuality, religious or not, or to anyone who knows someone who is part of the LGBT+ community: Please ignore everything in this book and live your life doing the complete opposite of Jackie.

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