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Title:
Someone I love is gay : how family & friends can respond
Author:
Worthen, Anita, 1944-
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Publication Information:
Downers Grove, Ill. : InterVarsity Press, [1996]

©1996
Physical Description:
215 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780830819829
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Book

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Summary

Finding out that a child, spouse, relative or friend is homosexual can be an unwelcome surprise. You're hit with a complex combination of emotions--grief, shame, fear, guilt. You are flooded with questions ranging from why to what's next. You wonder what a biblical response would be. At the same time, someone you care about deeply may be awaiting your response. What should you say?Someone I Love Is Gay was created out of Bob Davies's personal and professional experience and out of Anita Worthen's struggle with her son over these issues. Also drawing on experiences of others, the authors will help you handle your feelings while responding appropriately to your loved one.


Table of Contents

Introduction: How This Book Can Help You
1 Homosexuality: The Shocking Discovery
2 The Grief Cycle: Surviving the Emotional Turmoil
3 Guilt: The Continual Crushing Weight
4 Disclosure: Do I Dare Tell Anyone?
5 Relinquishment: What Does "Letting Go" Really Mean?
6 Sexual Abuse: Uncovering Another Family Secret
7 Illness: Living in the Shadow of AIDS
8 Just for Parents: Special Concerns & Questions
9 Just for Spouses: Special Concerns & Questions1
0 When a Friend Says, "I'm Gay"1
1 Entering into Romantic Friendships: Concerns &Questions1
2 Finding Hope Again: Life After Homosexuality1
3 Afterword
Appendix A For Further Reading
Appendix B Resources for Additional Help
Notes