4 stars for Out — A Courageous Woman’s Journey by Lou Anne Smoot #FF #NonFiction #Memoir

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Title: Out — A Courageous Woman’s Journey
Author Name & Publisher: Lou Anne Smoot (Sapphire Books)
Publication Date & Length: May 1, 2016 — 294 Pages

Synopsis

Lou Anne fell in love with Karen in 1956 when they were both 17 and freshmen at Baylor University. Her parents told her the relationship was sinful and unacceptable. Seeing no other option, she followed their direction, married, and remained faithful to her husband for 37 years.
At age 60, after an incident in her Baptist Sunday School class, Lou Anne could no longer pretend to be straight. Her struggles to reconcile her faith with being gay take her into the depths of depression. After divorcing and ?coming out,? Lou Anne remained in her Baptist church for an additional fifteen years both to be true to her faith tradition and as an example of a gay Christian. She emerges as an outspoken advocate for gay rights.

This story of a retired teacher, mother of four, grandmother of six is told in an unprecedented, brutally honest manner.

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FourStars

A very honest account by an extremely brave lady. Written in such a forthright and genuine way it read almost as a conversation.
The letters between the author and her children brought tears of utter respect to my eyes. I feel this book will be appreciated and help all christian’s  who may be having personal difficulties in coming to terms with their own sexuality.
I found the letters sent to the author asking for her help at the end of the book particularly meaningful and poignant.
I can almost acknowledge how perplexing it must have felt for Ms Smoot to comprehend some section of the church and it’s complete ignorance regarding homosexuality. As a non practicing christian I can’t possibly understand how she was treated in such a way by supposed Christians.
There were some parts that I could not comprehend or grasp, like her fear of having a daughter and the length of time her acceptance of herself took. I appreciate this might be due to my lack of knowledge or awareness of such a religious fundamentalist community.
Certainly a thought provoking and sincere book well worth reading.
~Chris

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Lou Anne fell in love with Karen in 1956 when they were both 17 and freshmen at Baylor University. Her parents told her the relationship was sinful and unacceptable. Seeing no other option, she followed their direction, married, and remained faithful to her husband for 37 years.

At age 60, after an incident in her Baptist Sunday School class, Lou Anne could no longer pretend to be straight. Her struggles to reconcile her faith with being gay take her into the depths of depression. After divorcing and “coming out,” Lou Anne remained in her Baptist church for an additional fifteen years both to be true to her faith tradition and as an example of a gay Christian. She emerges as an outspoken advocate for gay rights.

This story of a retired teacher, mother of four, grandmother of six, is told in an unprecedented, brutally honest manner.

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