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Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Leroy Aarons
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9. August 1996
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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  • Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperOne (9. August 1996)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0062511238
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062511232
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 13,5 x 1,7 cm
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Draws on the diaries of Bobby Griffith, a gay youth who committed suicide, to trace his mother's struggle to face her son's sexuality.


Thanks for response, and news about movie version of book
Thanks to those fans who submitted such insightful reviews of "Bobby" and here's a bit of news: Susan Sarandon has signed on to produce a major television film of "Prayers for Bobby." This exciting development leads us to hope that the story and its message may reach millions of people ---about a year from now. Thanks again. I welcome E-mail comments, too.

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Tragic and, paradoxically, somehow triumphant 1. April 1998
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 von 5 Sternen Several passages are photocopied on my office wall 17. November 1998
Von Ein Kunde
As a gay male who's life partner was raised by deeply religious parents, Bobby's story hit very close to home. Though my life partner survived, the scars run deep. This novel so vividly points out the difference between hardcore religion and true spirituality. It has further proven to me that the Bible is a book of MAN'S "interpretation" of God's words. I believe Bobby has moved on to a peaceful existence because his mother believes that as well. What a triumphant story of one woman's struggle to realize that God is LOVE; that God is not rules, rituals or punishment. Thank you, Mary, for following your heart!
I applaud Bobby's mother for all her efforts on behalf of gays and lesbians who still face unrelenting prejudice and ignorance sadly disguised as "religion" and "spirituality". This book reaffirms the power of the soul and the beauty that results from truly listening and opening up to the meaning of love. It's sad that Mary didn't realize it while Bobby was still alive, but his spirit lives on in a wonderfully rendered memoir that hopefully is saving countless other Bobbys even as I write this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Please, read this book! 23. Mai 2000
Von Vincent
I can't say enough about this book. I'm a very spiritual person, and I believe everything happens for a reason. There must be a reason why I picked this book up... It's traggic, yet uplifting at the same time. I urge ANYONE gay, straight, parent, child to read this book. There are no words in me to express what I feel about this book, the author, the Griffith family and of course, Bobby. It breaks my heart when I see the photos of Bobby. He has such beauty and peace in his eyes, I just don't understand. Anyway, please read this book! And enjoy!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Poignant; painful; reflective: READ THIS BOOK! 25. März 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This is one of those books that should appear on the shelves of every high school, college, and church library in the country.
The statistics about gay teen suicide are frightening; this true story about the suicide of Bobby Griffiths puts a human face on this tragic and avoidable phenomenon. As an gay adult, I cried in anguish as I read Bobby's journal entries; they touched too close to home for comfort. As an adult human being I cried tears of compassion for Bobby's mother, who wanted nothing more than for her son to be pleasing in God's eyes, but because of her fundamentalist understanding of God was blinded to the fact that Bobby was already the person God created him to be. Perhaps this book will help other mothers and other sons (and fathers and daughters and sisters and brothers) see through the veil of misinformation which so destroys a young person's self esteem that he or she gives up on life itself. And perhaps it will awaken the church to the truly destructive consequences of its outdated understanding of the human person.
As a minister I have given away copies of this book to youths struggling with their sexual identity, to their parents, and to their own ministers. And I have heard back words of thanks, especially from the young people, who have begun to realize that they are God's creation, and that they are good and acceptable in God's sight precisely because they are God's creatures.
Thank you, Mary Griffiths, for having the courage to share this very important story. God bless you!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Must Read 8. April 1997
Von Ein Kunde
This is the story of a remarkable woman's struggle to
accept her gay son and his suicide. She is a role model
for us all and through this book, she is now a friend for
many who are engaged in their own struggle to accept
themselves as gay in this horribly homophobic society.The
author gives us the power to feel her pain, to experience
her growth, to live her liberation. One place he muses...
will it take a figurative land mine in each case to make
other people change. I was very moved by her comments on the
church..."I have a certain amount of guilt, but the church
doesn't seem to have any." And, "We are the guardian angels.
We have the power." And, "Once my beliefs were my reality;
now my reality forms my belief." This book shows us the
deadly sins of the church and allow us to share in a woman's
journey to find a truth and a faith that gave her life real
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sehr... informativ
Dieses Buch ist definitiv der Verfiilmung vorzuziehen. Das Buch war für mich etwas ungewöhnliches, da es dass erste in dieser Richtung ist, dass ich je gelesen habe. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 11. September 2010 von André Geißenhöner
5.0 von 5 Sternen Stunning, heart-breaking slice of reality.
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... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. Januar 2000 von Shane C. Desmond
5.0 von 5 Sternen Powerful and unforgettable...
As a native Oregonian (from Portland), and a gay young man at one time depressed and nearly suicidal in the early 1980's, I moved to California in 1986, found a support group among... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 20. September 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Eye-opening account of how society has shamed gay youths
I picked this book up by chance and was immediately drawn in to Bobby's story and was able to identify with his torment. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 21. März 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen Incredible story
It would take someone without a heart to not feel the anguish of this book and this family. They don't spare themselves or make excuses, they just tell what happened and how it... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 19. März 1998 von Scott Carpenter (
1.0 von 5 Sternen A dangerous book that distorts biblical truths
The suicide that formed the basis for this book is a tragedy, as is any death that could have been avoided. A mother's torment over the loss of her son is also a tragedy. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 9. Februar 1998 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A book EVERYBODY should read!
I bought this book because, being a gay teenager and having thought about suicide (and tried to do it, actually), I wanted to read about another boy who had gone through what I was... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 2. Oktober 1997 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Remarkable Story
Out of the ashes of her gay son's tragic suicide, a mother finds her way to enlightenment. This is a powerful story. Lesen Sie weiter...
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