In conjunction with the launch of our own book imprint, North Star Harbinger, North Star also proudly announces the publication of our first book under that imprint.
Twenty years ago, Laurie Campbell, a member of North Star’s Executive Committee and one of the inaugural participants in the Voices of Hope Project, used the pen name Erin Eldridge to write a book about her experiences with same-sex attraction and her LDS (Mormon) faith entitled Born That Way? A True Story of Overcoming Same-Sex Attraction with Insights for Friends, Families, and Leaders (Deseret Book, 1994).
Now, Reborn That Way: The True Story of One Woman, One Faith, and Countless Miracles (North Star Harbinger, 2013) updates her journey, including her LDS temple marriage and her three children.
Laurie Campbell was born a Mormon in Las Vegas in the 1960s, back when mobs rule but a family community sprouts up. She suffers sexual abuse and struggles with substance abuse as well as the conflict between her same-sex attractions and her LDS testimony. Add to that a host of other experiences that are equally compelling and faith-promoting. After choosing to sacrifice lesbian relationships for her religious convictions, she then falls in love with and marries a man, they have 3 children together, and they are still married 20 years later. If you experience any number of challenges to your faith, you’ll find this story to be helpful, inspirational, and tough to put down.
Laurie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She has worked as a copywriter in advertising ever since. During that time, she has also done volunteer work counseling Latter-day Saints who experience same-sex attraction. More recently, she received her Master of Science degree in Community Mental Health Counseling, which has helped in her volunteer counseling work as well as her role as a wife and mother.