Gay Girl Good God by Jackie Hill Perry, one of the most controversial books out there, is certainly one of my best reads. One of my favorite things about the book is how it is written for anybody and everybody. Jackie shares a story in a way simple enough for anyone willing to understand. Despite being an amazing poet capable of making words dance to whatever rhythm she pleased, this is not merely a collection of flashy words with hidden meanings, it is her personal story, shared simply and truthfully.
The title of the book says it all, Gay Girl, Good God. In the book, she explains who she was, who she is now and what happened in between. In her own words, it’s a story of who she was and who God has always been. It beautifully tells the story of a good God and how anyone can come to know Him truly.
Jackie shares her experience growing up fatherless and strongly drawn to homosexuality and masculinity. This was something she very well knew Christians did not talk about well, approve of or embrace in anyway but what was she to do about it, how was she supposed to change her very own identity. The book shares what that looked like for her, her first love, previous relationships and how God worked in and with all of that. My favorite quote from the book:
[bctt tweet=”Just because we are tempted does not mean we are our temptation. We are what the cross has declared us to be: forgiven” – Jackie Hill Perry username=”conversehouse”]
I enjoyed reading it and learning so much about a lifestyle very foreign to my culture and background. It’s a great read and I highly recommend! My advice? Read with an open mind, pretend you know nothing about Christianity and about homosexuality. Put aside any bias against both and simply read to understand Jackie’s story.
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I’d love to hear your thoughts about it if/when you’ve read it so please leave a comment. Thank you for reading!