In Gay Girl, Good God, author Jackie Hill Perry shares her own story, offering practical tools that helped her in the process of finding wholeness. Jackie grew up fatherless and experienced gender confusion. She embraced masculinity and homosexuality with every fiber of her being. She knew that Christians had a lot to say about all of the above. But was she supposed to change herself? How was she supposed to stop loving women, when homosexuality felt more natural to her than heterosexuality ever could?
At age nineteen, Jackie came face-to-face with what it meant to be made new. And not in a church, or through contact with Christians. God broke in and turned her heart toward Him right in her own bedroom in light of His gospel.
Read in order to understand. Read in order to hope. Or read in order, like Jackie, to be made new.
About the Author
Jackie Hill Perry is a writer, poet, and artist whose work has been featured on the Washington Times, The 700 Club, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, and other publications. Since becoming a Christian in 2008, she has been compelled to use her speaking and teaching gifts to share the light of the gospel of God as authentically as she can. At home she is a wife to Preston and Mommy to Eden and Autumn.
I’ve been a fan of Jackie’s work for years, since I discovered ‘A Poem About Weed’ on YouTube. I bought this book and read it in one day as I nursed my newborn round the clock (shout out to the brand-new and sleep-deprived mamas out there!)
I found Jackie’s story captivating and descriptive while avoiding the graphic tastelessness that sometimes characterizes people’s stories of sexual sin. This prose is clearly written by a woman with the heart of a poet; I couldn’t help but be reminded of Toni Morrison’s Beloved as I read it, the first novel I ever encountered that was written in a stream of consciousness. It’s unusual and the metaphors are thick and heavy if you aren’t used to that style, but for those of us familiar with Jackie’s work this should come as no surprise.
What did surprise me was how carelessly edited it was. Grammatical errors, incorrect word usage (ie: using the word “weary” when the one that was needed was “wary”) and convoluted sentence structure detracted from the quality of an otherwise solid piece of work.