Jerod Killick's Without A Testimony is a rare entity, in that it touches the heart with the intense emotion brought on by rejection and the aftermath of it. Mr. Killick gives us the story of Brad and Jordan, two young men who meet as college roommates. The setting, conservative Idaho. It soon becomes evident to Brad that Jordan, a devout Mormon, is battling guilt and self hate, his conflicts not entirely spiritual in nature. Brad takes on Jordan as his project, but he has no idea the depth of Jordan's struggle.
Struggling sexual identity might be at the forefront of Mr. Killick's story, but he tugs at the heartstrings by asking a simple question. If a child never feels visible, can they truly develop into adults capable of companionship and love? Brad and Jordan's story led me through a remarkable tale of what happens when cold hearts, small minds, and fear come together to make a perfectly wonderful human being hate himself. It truly broke my heart.