Reviewed by Katie Trainor:
Sexuality, a topic kept hidden and quiet for a long time, has now surfaced and been brought to the attention of the church.
Jackie Hill Perry, a 29-year-old, African-American hip-hop and spoken word artist, boldly addresses sexuality in her memoir Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been (B&H Publishing, 2017). Her testimony is raw, real, and encouraging. She is unafraid to discuss homosexuality and encourages the church to become more involved in the conversation.
Jackie also tells her testimony in the beautifully-crafted movie, The Heart of Man, a modern-day retelling of the Parable of the Prodigal Son, where she talks about some of her struggles with sexuality and entering into a heterosexual marriage. The movie is available to Stone Hill church members on RightNowMedia.
Jackie gives her testimony of growing up as a woman with same-sex attraction, entering into a committed relationship with a woman and then ending that relationship to take on the best relationship of her life—one with Christ. Jackie’s book does more than discuss sexuality: Gay Girl, Good God shows the deep call of the Savior to His people. No sin is too great for Him not to work in and through.
Gay Girl, Good God is an encouraging and inspiring story for both those struggling with same-sex attraction and those looking to love these individuals. Jackie, who was abused as a child, grew up in a fatherless household. The book tells the beautiful story of redemption that occurred in Jackie’s life, from her struggles with same-sex attraction to her marriage in 2014 to fellow hip-hop artist Preston Hill and the birth of their daughter.
I personally enjoyed reading this book after being a fan of her music and ministry, which focuses on inspiring women within relationships. Hill’s openness and honesty provides a platform that allows for discussion, which is critical to encouraging others to commit their lives to Christ.
To see how the Lord cares for His children and can change any and all circumstances is beautifully shown through Jackie’s story. The road God brought her along was difficult, but there’s something to encourage everyone in Jackie’s testimony about the transformation that took place in her life. If you’re looking for a story about someone who overcame adversity and endured many twists and turns in life, but rose above it all as a result of the awesome power of Jesus—this is the book for you.
Gay Girl, Good God will not disappoint. Once I picked up Jackie’s book, I had a difficult time putting it down. This story of redemption shows how great, and powerful, and perfect is our God. Truly, nothing is too small for Him.
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