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Prayers for Bobby [Format Kindle]

Leroy Aarons
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Bobby Griffith was an all-American boy ...and he was gay. Faced with an irresolvable conflict-for both his family and his religion taught him that being gay was "wrong"-Bobby chose to take his own life.

Prayers for Bobby, nominated for a 1996 Lambda Literary Award, is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to this tragic conclusion. But it is also the story of Bobby's mother, a fearful churchgoer who first prayed that her son would be "healed," then anguished over his suicide, and ultimately transformed herself into a national crusader for gay and lesbian youth.

As told through Bobby's poignant journal entries and his mother's reminiscences, Prayers for Bobby is at once a moving personal story, a true profile in courage, and a call to arms to parents everywhere.

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For those whose religious beliefs hinder them from openness and acceptance of gay love--the story of Mary Griffith, the woman whose compassion and understanding grew as she struggled with the legacy of her gay son's suicide.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Très bon livre ! 9 octobre 2013
Par Lyfoung
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Ayant vu le film, le livre ma tout de suite interrésser.
Le film est pareil que le livre sauf que le livre a plus de description sur les aides est les associations.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very good 25 novembre 2013
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I do think it is important to read this book to understand the tragedy that many persons are currently sharing in our all-day life !
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Très émouvant et encore actuel ! 23 mai 2012
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J avais vu le film et ai acheté le livre en américain. Les deux sont parfaits et le discours de Sigourney Weaver est extraordinaire .
Combien de parents pourront se reconnaître ?
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A heartbreaking and thought-provoking story 8 avril 2003
Par Michael J. Mazza - Publié sur
"Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son," by Leroy Aarons, tells a powerful true story. Mary Griffith was a woman who believed in a strict, oppressive version of Christianity and pressured her gay son to try to "change." But after his suicide she reexamined her theology and beliefs about homosexuality and was herself radically transformed.
The book begins with Bobby's suicide and then moves back and forth in time to tell 2 parallel stories: that of Bobby's life and that of Mary's life after his death. This is a profoundly moving story, skillfully told by Aarons. Despite the tragic subject matter, I found the book ultimately very hopeful and uplifting. It's a real story of spiritual liberation and rebirth.
This is also an important book in that it exposes the deadly danger of anti-gay prejudice. The book includes a useful appendix of organizations that deal with gay/lesbian youth and gay/lesbian issues more generally.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Prayers For Bobby is one of the most inspirational books! 30 juillet 2001
Par Porfie - Publié sur
This book PRAYERS FOR BOBBY is about a a young adult named Bobby Griffith who was an all american guy, but who also happened to be gay, and his mother who has to come to terms with the suicide of her gay son. In this book you see how Bobby faced with the pressure of his family and his religion telling him it is wrong to be gay. You will also read many bone chilling excerpts of Bobbys most personal thoughts straight out of his journal, which shows how much Bobby had been going through from the fight with his religious beliefs to selling himself on the streets as a SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE. There seems like no other answer and soon the pressure is to much to take and Bobby decides to take his own life. Bobbys mom Mary Griffith who was fearful of her sons sexuality and who was a churchgoer used to pray her son would be healed from this sickness, but once her son dies she decided to transform her life by being a national crusador for gay and lesbian youth. This book realy touched my heart and soul because when I was 10 I lost my uncle who was 20 to suicide. We were very close my uncle was NOT gay, but suicide became something I had no choice but to learn at an early age. This book was a life changing book for me as it made me confront many of my own issues I had to face growing up as a teen and now in to my early twenties. PRAYERS FOR BOBBY is one of those books that inspire you to be better and to not judge others by there sexual preferences, as it is such a small part of ones self. I say if you have not read this book you really need to. This book is sad, but yet one of the most inspirational true stories I have ever read, but this is about real life and real life does not always have the storybook happy ending!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stunning, heart-breaking slice of reality. 7 janvier 2000
Par Shane C. Desmond - Publié sur
Simply put, this book changed my life. I only wish everyone could read it and understand what it is sometimes like to be a young gay man living (and sometimes dying) in America today. Heart-breaking, but amazingly empowering, this is a tale that needs to be told.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Tragic and, paradoxically, somehow triumphant 1 avril 1998
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The subject of teen suicide is a difficult one and one never easy to deal with. The suicide of a gay teen is even more of a problem because it is difficult to study without enough documented research. Inserting religious beliefs into the equation, along with family values, make for a very interesting story. The suicide of any teen or anyone is tragic. The initial teachings/actions of Mary Griffith make for difficult reading for a gay Christian; however, her ultimate acceptance of her son (and herself) in a way make this book somewhat validating. After the tradgedy, she does begin to review her thinking, but the point is, she is referencing it with the same scripture that she had been reading all along. After her son's death, there was a time where she seemed to act in a way that was against her families wishes and yet she was doing it just for that reason (part of her family.) "Prayers for Bobby" blends many common problems/themes together of being gay or having a gay son in a "straight" world, and yet, it is candidly honest and intelligent. My main praise for the book is this: It blends many difficult themes and reveals enough of each to educate the reader. It is important not to forget the difficulty of the subject matter when reading this book. It doesn't give answers or attempt to sway the reader into believing one thing or another, it only speaks.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Why was Bobby not "Saved"? 30 août 2008
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Mary was absolutely certain that with enough prayers, counseling and love God would heal her gay son of his homosexuality. Mary was a kind and loving mother of four4 children.
Bobby was a loving son and a sensitive person. His highest values were to be accepted by God and by his family. After trying prayers and counseling for several years, realizing that his attraction to men had not diminished at all, he had tried to preserve his inner core by rebelling. However, the lack of acceptance by his beloved family was too painful to rebel against, and he committed suicide.
His suicide was a big shock, and a wake up call for his family. Mary, a deeply spiritual and loving person was unable to fathom why God had not cured Bobby and why did God allow him to die. After many months of inner searching, she also started listening to the gay perspective She read books, talked to a gay minister, and met other parents of lesbian and gay children.
A dream lead her to the answer for the first question: God had not cured Bobby because Bobby was beautiful and perfect to God. Being a caring person, Mary answered the second question by resolving the Bobby's death and her learning must save other lesbian and gay kids from depression and suicide.
The books is beautifully written, describing the evolution of Mary from an insecure person, trusting authority to guide her every motion, to a strong leader affecting the social change of attitudes towards lesbian and gay youth. Leroy Aarons' rich journalistic experience provides us with a narrative which maintains journalistic objectivity, while at the same time wrenches our hearts. We can be deeply affected by the tragedy and the following triumph of the human spirit, not because the author hummers it into us, but because he allows Mary and Bobby tell their own stories in this amazing book.
I am so grateful to Sigourney Weaver who accepted the role of Mary in an upcoming TV movie on Life Time channel. I hope that this movie will deliver Mary's message to many more parents who really need to hear this message, before it's too late.
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