Books & Reviews


Over the course of the last two or three decades there has been a conversation taking place around homosexuality and related issues. Several books written by believing Latter-day Saints as well as others of Mormon background have discussed these issues from a variety of perspective, some faithful to the Church’s teachings and others challenging those teachings.

The following are books written that address homosexuality or books which contain chapters that address homosexuality. Books are listed in alphabetical order by title. The ideas and experiences expressed in these books and their reviews are the sole responsibility of individual writers and should not be interpreted as official statements of Church doctrine, belief, or practice, and may or may not be in line with such. These books include those of committed members of the Church of varying perspectives, as well as those of Mormon cultural background. All books and reviews included in the North Star Library are provided as reference, not as endorsement.

Becoming a Whole Man: Principles and Archetypes

David Matheson
CreateSpace, 2013

 
LEARN MORE: BecomingaWholeMan.com
PURCHASE: Amazon
REVIEWS: Amazon

Born That Way? A True Story of Overcoming Same-Sex Attraction With Insights for Friends, Families, and Leaders

Erin Eldridge
Deseret Book, 1994

 
PURCHASE: Deseret Book eBook | Amazon (Kindle)
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | Association for Mormon Letters: Rex Goode | Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought: Marybeth Raynes (Response: Tom Mathews, 29:2/ix (1996))

Captain of my Soul

Aaron S. Grant
Tidal Wave Books, 2011

 
PURCHASE: Tidal Wave Books | BYU Bookstore
REVIEWS: Tidal Wave Books

Covenant Hearts: Marriage and the Joy of Human Love

Bruce C. Hafen
Deseret Book, 2005

 
See chapter 24, “How Same-Sex Marriage Weakens What Marriage Means.”

PURCHASE: Deseret Book (eBook) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes and Noble (Nook) | BYU Bookstore
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | GoodReads | Association for Mormon Letters: Jeff Needle

Read full chapter on GospeLink.com

Encouraging Heterosexuality: Helping Children Develop a Traditional Sexual Orientation

A. Dean Byrd and Douglas A. Abbott
Millennial Press, 2009

 
PURCHASE: Deseret Book | Amazon | Barnes and Noble
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | GoodReads | Square Two: J.S. and S.M. Stearmer

Gay Mormons?: Latter-day Saint Experiences of Same-Gender Attraction

Brent Kerby (editor)
CreateSpace, 2011

 
PURCHASE: Amazon (Kindle)
REVIEWS: Amazon | GoodReads | the book shelf | Association of Mormon Letters: Laura Compton

Read full text online

Goodbye, I Love You: The True Story of a Wife, Her Homosexual Husband, and a Love That Transcended Tragedy

Carol Lynn Pearson
Random House, 1986; Gold Leaf Press, 1995, 1997; Cedar Fort, 2006

 
PURCHASE: Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes and Noble | BYU Bookstore
REVIEWS: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | GoodReads | Association for Mormon Letters: Elizabeth Hansen | Association for Mormon Letters: Jeff Needle

Hard Questions, Prophetic Answers

Daniel K. Judd
Deseret Book, 2004

 
See chapter 5, “Is Homosexuality a Sin or a Biological Fact?”

PURCHASE: Deseret Book eBook | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes and Noble Nook
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | GoodReads

Read full chapter on GospeLink.com

Helping LDS Men Resolve Homosexual Problems: A Guide for Family, Friends, and Church Leaders

Jason Park
Century Publishing, 1997

 
PURCHASE: Deseret Book | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Evergreen International | Century Publishing
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | GoodReads | Century Publishing

Homosexual Saints: The Community of Christ Experience

William D. Russell (editor)
John Whitmer Books, 2008

 
PURCHASE: Amazon | John Whitmer Books
REVIEWS: Amazon | GoodReads | Affirmation: George Cole | Association for Mormon Letters: Richley H. Crapo

See also the Homosexual Saints: Study & Discussion Guide

Homosexuality and the Church of Jesus Christ

A. Dean Byrd
Cedar Fort, 2001

 
PURCHASE: Amazon | BYU Bookstore
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | GoodReads

Read the full text online

Homosexuality: Symptoms and Free Agency

Scott & Kae Andersen
Bonneville Books, 1998

 
PURCHASE: Amazon
REVIEWS: GoodReads

In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction

Fred and Marilyn Matis and Ty Mansfield
Deseret Book, 2004

 
PURCHASE: Deseret Book (Bookshelf eBook) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes and Noble | BYU Bookstore
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | GoodReads | Association for Mormon Letters review: Jeff Needle | Jeff Bennion | FAIR: A. Dean Byrd, Shirley Cox, and Jeffrey Robinson (Responses: Ty Mansfield, LDS Resources: William Bradshaw, Robert A. Rees, Ron Schow, and Marybeth Raynes; Rejoinder: A. Dean Byrd) | Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought: Robert A. Rees | Affirmation: Jason Clark | Keep Changing: A Gay Mormon Journey | 2005 Sunstone SLC, #SL05336: Robert Rees, Hugo Olaiz, Ron Schow, Bill Bradshaw | 2005 Sunstone West, #SW05033: Robert Rees, C L Pearson, Connell O’Donovan, D Bailey

Watch a TV interview with Carole Mikita on KSL-TV

Marriage and Same-Sex Unions: A Debate

David Orgon Coolidge (Ed), William C. Duncan (Ed), Mark Strasser (Ed), Lynn D. Wardle (Ed)
Praeger, 2003

 
PURCHASE: Amazon (Kindle)
REVIEWS: Amazon | GoodREads

The Miracle of Forgiveness

Spencer W. Kimball
Bookcraft, 1969

 
See chapter 6, “Crime Against Nature”

PURCHASE: Deseret Book (Bookshelf eBook * Audio) | Amazon (Kindle * Audio) | Barnes and Noble (Nook) | BYU Bookstore
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | GoodReads

Read full chapter on GospeLink.com

Mormons and Homosexuality: Setting the Record Straight

A. Dean Byrd
Millennial Press & Distribution, 2008

 
PURCHASE: Deseret Book | Amazon | Barnes and Noble
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | GoodReads | Association for Mormon Letters review: Andrew Hamilton | FAIR: S. Brent Scharman | Meridian Magazine: William C. Duncan

My Burden is Light

Robert Fantina
Aventine Press, 2012

 
PURCHASE: Amazon
REVIEWS: Amazon | GoodReads

My Darling from the Lions: A Boy Falls to Homosexuality, a Mother Turns to God, a Family Is Changed Forever

Janice Barrett Graham
Tidal Wave Books, 2005

 
PURCHASE: Amazon | Tidal Wave Books
REVIEWS: Amazon | GoodReads

Listen to an interview with Dr. Liz Hale on KUTR (January 27, 2006)

My Son Is Gay: An LDS Father’s Journey Into Love and Faith

Tony Clarke
Century Publishing, 2011

 
PURCHASE: Amazon | Century Publishing | Evergreen
REVIEWS: submit a review

No Going Back

Jonathan Langford
Zarahemla Books, 2009

 
PURCHASE: Amazon | Barnes and Noble (Nook) | Zarahemla Books
REVIEWS: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | GoodReads | SmashWords | see Reader Comments and Reviews on author’s website

Read a North Star Community Voices feature by Jonathan Langford
Read the first half of the book online

No More Goodbyes: Circling the Wagons around Our Gay Loved Ones

Carol Lynn Pearson
Pivot Point Books, 2006

 
PURCHASE: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | NoMoreGoodbyes.com
REVIEWS: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | GoodReads | NoMoreGoodbyes.com | FAIR: A. Dean Byrd | BCC: Taryn Nelson-Seawright | fMh: Janet

Read an interview with Affirmation: Gay and Lesbian Mormons
Read two chapters online
Read the Foreward online

Out of the Closet, Into the Light

Jordan Jantz, Jewel Adams
Jewel of the West, 2013

 
PURCHASE: Amazon (Kindle)
REVIEWS: Amazon | GoodReads

Peculiar People: Mormons and Same-Sex Orientation

Ron Schow, Wayne Schow, Marybeth Raynes (Editors)
Signature Books, 1991

 
PURCHASE: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Signature Books
REVIEWS: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Scott Peterson in Understanding Homosexuality: Perspectives of LDS Psychologists and Psychotherapists, p. 120. | Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought: Gary M. Watts (Response to Watts: P. Scott Richards, 28:3/iv-vii; Response to Richards: Gary M. Watts, 28:3/vii-i (1995); Response to Watts: Mark Chamberlain, 28:4/iv (1995))

A Place in the Kingdom: Spiritual Insights from Latter-day Saints about Same-sex Attraction

Garrick and Ginger Hyde (editors)
Century Publishing, 1997

 
PURCHASE: Amazon | Century Publishing
REVIEWS: Amazon | Century Publishing | GoodReads | Association for Mormon Letters: Rex Goode

Prayers for Jonathan

Bridget Night
1st Books, 2002

 
PURCHASE: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Author House (eBook)
REVIEWS: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | GoodReads

Read Foreword online

Reborn That Way: The True Story of One Woman, One Faith, and Countless Miracles

Erin Eldridge
North Star Harbinger, 2013

 
PURCHASE: Amazon (Kindle)
REVIEWS: Amazon | GoodReads

Remembering Brad: On the Loss of a Son to AIDS

Wayne Schow
Signature Books, 1995

 
PURCHASE: Amazon
REVIEWS: Amazon | GoodReads | Sunstone Magazine: Scott Abbott

Read full text online

Resolving Homosexual Problems: A Guide for LDS Men

Jason Park
Century Publishing, 1997

 
PURCHASE: Deseret Book | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Evergreen International | Century Publishing
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | GoodReads | Century Publishing

Same-Sex Dynamics Among 19th Century Americans: A Mormon Example

D. Michael Quinn
University of Illinois Press, 1991

 
PURCHASE: Amazon | University of Illinois Press
REVIEWS: Amazon | GoodReads | FARMS Review: George L. Mitton and Rhett S. James (PDF) | FARMS Review: Klaus J. Hansen (PDF)

Touched by Grace: LGBT Stories in Community of Christ

David Howard
John Whitmer Books, 2012

 
PURCHASE: Amazon
REVIEWS: Amazon

Understanding Homosexuality: Perspectives from LDS Psychologists and Psychotherapists (AMCAP Journal)

P. Scott Richards
Cedar Fort, 1995

 
PURCHASE: Amazon
REVIEWS: Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought: Gary M. Watts (Response to Watts: P. Scott Richards, 28:3/iv-vii; Response to Richards: Gary M. Watts, 28:3/vii-i (1995); Response to Watts: Mark Chamberlain, 28:4/iv (1995))

Understanding Same-Sex Attraction: Where to Turn, and How to Help

The Foundation for Attraction Research
Millennial Press, 2009

 
PURCHASE: Deseret Book | Amazon (Kindle) | Evergreen International
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | GoodReads | BYU Studies | Foundation for Attraction Research website

Read chapter samples online

Voices of Hope: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on Same Gender Attraction–An Anthology of Gospel Teachings and Personal Essays

Ty Mansfield (compiler)
Deseret Book, 2011

 
PURCHASE: Deseret Book (DB eReader) | Amazon (Kindle) | Barnes and Noble (Nook) | BYU Bookstore
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | Barnes and Noble | GoodReads | BYU Studies, Vol 52:1 (2013)

Read selections online by Ty Mansfield, M. Catherine Thomas, Brad Wilcox, Wendy Ulrich, and Camille Fronk Olson.
Watch an introductory video

What’s the Harm?: Does Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage Really Harm Individuals, Families or Society?

Lynn D. Wardle (Ed), Multiple LDS Contributors
University Press of America, 2008

 
PURCHASE: Amazon
REVIEWS: Amazon | GoodReads

Why Me?: A Gay Man’s Struggle for Love and Family

William R. Seger
Brigham Distributing, 2011

 
PURCHASE: Amazon
REVIEWS: Amazon

Listen to author interview

Why Theology Can’t Save Us, And Other Essays on Being Gay and Mormon

John Gustav-Wrathall
Young Stranger Publishing, 2010

 
PURCHASE: Amazon Kindle
REVIEWS: Amazon

Willpower Is Not Enough: Why We Don’t Succeed at Change

A. Dean Byrd and Mark Chamberlain
Deseret Book, 1995

 
PURCHASE: Deseret Book (Bookshelf eReader) | Amazon (Kindle) | BYU Bookstore
REVIEWS: Deseret Book | Amazon | GoodReads

A Young Man’s Journey: Healing for Young Men with Unwanted Homosexual Feelings

Floyd Godfrey
CreateSpace, 2012

 
LEARN MORE: BecomingaWholeMan.com
PURCHASE: Amazon
REVIEWS: Amazon | GoodReads

 

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