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New Meetup: July Book Club

From: Terri
Sent on: Thursday, March 5, 2009 4:19 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Saint Petersburg Book Club Meetup Group!

What: July Book Club

When: July 21,[masked]:30 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Meetup Description: This month is Prayers for Bobby: A Mother's Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son by Leroy Aarons

From Library Journal
Mary Griffith prayed that her gay son Bobby would be "healed." After his suicide, her anguish led her on a journey from faithful churchgoer to national crusader for gay and lesbian youth.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist
Very painful and personal, this is the story of a mother's struggle to reconcile the tension between her deeply held religious beliefs and the suicide of her gay son. Mary Griffith came from a religious family and raised her four children to believe in God and live a Christian life. Their conservative Presbyterian church was the center of family life for every family member except Mary's husband, Bob. When 17-year-old Bobby confided to older bother Ed that he was gay, the family's life changed. Mary convinced Bobby to pray that God would cure him and to seek solace in church activities. Bobby did it all, but the church's hatred of homosexuality and the obvious pain his gayness was causing his family led him increasingly to loathe himself. Excerpts from a diary he kept, family photos, and letters written by Mary to her dead son make the book intense reading for both high-school and public library patrons. Charles Harmon

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http://www.meetup.com/stpetebookclub/calendar/9890390/

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