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In Quiet Desperation: Understanding The Challenge Of Same-gender Attraction Paperback – Nov 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Deseret Book Co (November 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590383311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590383315
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.2 out of 5 stars 26 reviews
28 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete misrepresentation of my friend March 22 2014
By Eric C. Erickson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This book pretends to explain why my friend, Stuart Matis, took his own life dramatically. Stuart's parents are just speculating on what it is like to be a gay man. Ty Mansfield never met Stuart, and is himself pretending to be an exgay married to a woman. He is entitled to his own life, but to to rewrite that of others.

This book is a shameful misrepresentation of a man's life. I miss Stuart and wish he could have survived the manipulation that Mormonism imposes on its gay children, but he is only one of 3 gay Mormons friends I have lost to suicide.
29 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm now out and proud March 5 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read this book shortly after returning from my mission to Germany. I had discussed my homosexuality with my parents and church leaders prior to my mission. As with many gay Mormons I thought that if I followed the guidelines of the church and tried hard to live a pure life that I would be able to marry a woman and have a family. When I returned home my struggle to remain a faithful Mormon became more difficult and desperate. I read this book at the urging of my mother. Reading it had the opposite effect than my mother was hoping. I came to understand for myself that the self hatred and lack of self respect I had come to know growing up would never let me enjoy my life. It still took a couple more years to finally accept myself as a proud gay man, but now I am out and proud! Come out and be happy! Come out and make a stand for equal rights and treatment! Come out and show your families that that you can be happy and successful! Come out and teach your families what true Christianity is... Love and Compassion.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Filled with Hope and Encouragement June 23 2014
By Kelly Williams - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book came at the right time! I am so grateful for the Matis' and Mansfield for having the courage to write about something so personal not only to them but to me. I have felt God's love for me when I read page after page and find hope in keeping the promised I made with my Heavenly Father. If you or someone you know, especially LDS, who experiences same-gender attraction will want to pick up a copy of this wonderful book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very encouraging Oct. 10 2012
By Mike - Published on
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I had considered buying this book for a long time but I was embarassed to ever do so. Then one day I just got over it and bought it. It's honestly one of the most helpful books I've ever read. It's got a great perspective on the Atonement.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read if you suffer from Same Gender Atraction Jan. 16 2013
By Mark Chatt - Published on
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This book addressed a lot of concerns that I too have. It let me know that I am not alone and what I've gone through is right for me. I would highly recommend this book to others who may suffer from same gender attraction and don't wish to follow those attractions. You are not alone and there is hope and support. Sure built my faith and helped me to see that I was taking the right path hard though it may be it's worth it.