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Gay children, straight parents - a plan for family healing

Richard Cohen
Intervarsity Press USA 2007
$12; Pb 233 pp
ISBN 978 0 8308 347 2

This book offers psychotherapist Richard Cohen's advice from his personal experiences to families who have a homosexual son or daughter.

My husband and I are parents of a gay son who is a Christian, and we found what was written in the first part of the book to be very helpful. Parents are encouraged to love their homosexual sons and daughters unconditionally; and are also offered further helpful advice explaining various coping strategies when dealing with very difficult issues. These will particularly apply to Christian parents.

We found the second part of the book more difficult reading, as it involves certain aspects of the author's psychotherapeutic plan of action to enable parents to assist their children through the process of 'healing' from their homosexuality. My husband and I both felt very uncomfortable with some of his methods, which include many references to what he calls 'same-sex parent display of physical affection'.

My feelings are that this book may be better suited for the American culture, rather than for Britain.

'Ruth' lives in Wales

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