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Saint Unshamed: A Gay Mormon's Life: Healing from the Shame of Religion, Rape, Conversion Therapy & Cancer

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The first paragraph of Kerry Ashton's memoir explains a lot:

"I told this story once as fiction in the 1980s, but this time I tell the truth. I even tell the truth, in #MeToo fashion, about being violently raped by another man when I was 18, with a knife held to my throat--a secret I kept from everyone, including myself, for over 40 years. The rape, like other experiences
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Hardcover, First Edition, 348 pages
Published April 27th 2019 by Lynn Wolf Enterprises
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Joyfully Jay
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars


Saint Unshamed: A Gay Mormon’s Life depicts playwright and actor Kerry Ashton’s painful, tumultuous, and empowering journey to physical, spiritual ,and emotional truth and healing, and living life as an unashamed gay man. Through the use of metaphor from The Wizard of Oz, particularly the yellow brick road, and anecdotes from his life, Ashton explores his belief that the doctrine of the LDS Church and the shame that religion uses to repress its believers’ inner-se
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Amy Dufera
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit I was weary of reading Saint Unshamed just because it is a memoir. But, wow. Just wow. I am elated to have discovered this amazing and heartfelt story by Kerry Ashton.

The author holds nothing back in retelling his life. His account his raw, real, and gritty, and will have the reader feeling all the emotions along with the author.

I found myself saddened and angry that anyone has to be brought up in a church where homosexuality is viewed as an extreme sin. If you want to understand
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Shana J. Hansen
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderfully written and captured all the author wanted to portray to his readers. I was impressed with his survival after a life full of harsh abuse. I would highly recommend you read this book.
Gab
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a difficult book to read in many ways - mainly because of the honesty of the author and the brutal experiences he had to go through as a gay man in the Mormon church in the 1970s. I really really really hope the church does not still do 'conversion therapy'. That the author managed to come through his experiences is a testament to his strength. Thank you to NetGalley for providing this book to me in exchange for an honest review. It's hard to say I enjoyed this book as it dealt with suc ...more
Moose-G
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Riveting Read!

This exceptional memoire details the authors life of growing up mormon & the trials and tribulations that come with a religious upbringing. Adding to the pressures of that family experience, and knowing he is gay, the author unfolds a beautiful story of resisting family & religious expectations, and finding ones true authentic self self. The story is told in flashbacks that are detailed & quite personal with genuine honesty and compassion. Details of the authors life
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Alan Rickman
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An Incredible Memoir. An Absolute Must-Read!!

This is truly a heartfelt and incredibly powerful memoir! I just loved it! The structure of the book is both unique and effective, as it allows the author to lead you through the dramatic events that occurred during his life in the early 1970s-while a student attending Brigham Young University in Utah, while flashing back to his childhood and Mormon youth growing up in Pocatello, Idaho, and later jumping forward to his adult life after his time spent
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Liz Martin
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What is it about organized religions that cause them to shame, humiliate and harm others? What is it about human nature that causes us to condemn what we don't understand? To cast aside others so we can feel we are right? These are the questions I came away with after reading Saint Unshamed, a testament to the power of perseverance and the quest for self-love, and a fascinating inside look at the Mormon Church.
Doreen Frantz
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow! A tough read made more so by the fact that what transpires is real....this is not a fantasy....this is not imagination. It is real and is happening today still. Its the story of being gay and not being accepted. A story where persons tried to change your sexual orientation but in the process perpetrates abuse which is acceptable supposedly in the name of God when it is not. A good recounting of a real story.
Joe Bruno
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kerry,
You really dug down deep to the bottom of your soul for this book.
I've been able to reaffirm my strong dislike of organized religion because of it.
Thank you,
Douglas Havet
Don Rich
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emotional story! Strong writing!
Irene
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an incredible life story - thank you for sharing your awesome journey with us, Kerry. You show us that the human spirit can prevail even through the most difficult obstacles.
Lynn Wolf
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Apr 23, 2019
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Jovan
A Joyfully Jay review

3.5 stars

"Saint Unshamed: A Gay Mormon’s Life" depicts playwright and actor Kerry Ashton’s painful, tumultuous, and empowering journey to physical, spiritual ,and emotional truth and healing, and living life as an unashamed gay man. Through the use of metaphor from "The Wizard of Oz", particularly the yellow brick road, and anecdotes from his life, Ashton explores his belief that the doctrine of the LDS Church and the shame that religion uses to repress its believers’ inner-
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