Monday, November 7, 2016

Book Review: Shattering Masks

Shattering Masks: Affirming my identity. Transitioning my faith.Shattering Masks: Affirming my identity. Transitioning my faith. by Laura Bethany Taylor

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“The line between productive thoughts and cognitive distortions is pencil thin…”

“I sometimes forget what a privilege hindsight is.”

“I had been taught that Jesus came to fill a God-shaped hole in my heart but in the process of trying to fill that hole, I created a God-shaped box in my head.”

I’m glad Laura Beth doesn’t shy away from her own quotables. As she unveils her thoughts in discovering her voice as a trans-feminine (w/marks of intersex) Christian lesbian, she endeared me with her grounded grace and wisdom.

“It’s a new day and I’m learning that if my mind is to truly find its voice, my heart must also find its song.”

Lovely and gentle, composed and inspiring—that’s how I hear Taylor's voice, just as I did when I first heard it leading us all in “Piano Man” at a karaoke bar in Houston the closing night of the 2016 Gay Christian Network conference. Humbly written without appearances, her story simply asks to acquaint the world.

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