- Taschenbuch: 288 Seiten
- Verlag: HarperOne (9. August 1996)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0062511238
- ISBN-13: 978-0062511232
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,5 x 1,7 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 13 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 50.793 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 9. August 1996
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"The value of the Griffith story ...is undeniable. [It] should be required reading for every parent, every school teacher, and anyone who has ever doubted that words can kill."-- "The Washington Post" "This book will become an instant classic. And it will save lives of countless young people?" -- "The Advocate" ..".A heartrending story of two journeys: Bobby's spiral toward death and Mary's toward personal responsibility. Aarons has performed a major public service, as has the entire Griffith family-especially Bobby, whose death will surely save many others.""-- Los Angeles Times" "The book is not a tragedy. Because of Mary Griffith's gutsy sensibility and her tireless efforts to help others ."..Prayers for Bobby" is a book about hope." -- "San Francisco Chronicle"
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.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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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.
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!
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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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
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
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
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
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