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Prayers for Bobby () is a United States television movie, based on the book of the same name by Leroy F. Aarons. It is based on the true story of the life of. Bobby Griffith was an all-American boy and he was gay. Faced with an irresolvable conflict-for both his family and his religion taught him that being gay.. . Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son [ Leroy Aarons] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Bobby.

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I didn’t know that each time I echoed eternal damnation for gay people each time I referred to Bobby as sick and perverted and a danger to our children. I had to stop reading this a few times because the subject matter was very forr. It was a little distracting at time.

God has never been encumbered by his child’s genetically determined sexuality. I find that to have been a brilliant approach to the storytelling because the changes in Mary Griffith’s life were surrounded by Bobby’s death. It changed my opinion on some things and it oeroy me that people can change and tragedy can change more than the lives lost. But his impulses remain and leaves Bobby feeling undesirable and worthless.

I watched the movie aaeons, and cried and cried my heart out, and I highly recommend watching the movie before you read this book, so you can more fully appreciate it.


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I really appreciate that the story went beyond the misery of a teenager, although that part is undeniably important to the story as well.

Bobby suffered enormously from his family’s lack of support and acceptance and his prayerd condemnation of homosexuality; at age 20, he jumped to his death from a freeway bridge. Bobby feeing unsupported by his family, his church, school.

Worrying about his brothers health Ed tells his mother Mary about Bobby being gay. I also felt anger at myself. You overcame ignorance and bigotry. I read this at a time when I was a gay youth and was struggling with my religious upbringing.

It was hard to like her for so long, then I just wanted to tell her that she was doing good. But his suicide lery not the end of the story.

Lerky 10, Peggy rated it liked it Shelves: This dichotomy of deeply loving mother who is also a religious fanatic is at the crux of the book, and the author does a great job of providing context for how the mom, Mary, developed her religious fervor. Coming out as gay for a child can prayefs frightening because one never knows how his or her loved ones will react.

Bobby’s character was so lovely and realistic that my heart still pains for him.


Prayers for Bobby: A Mother’s Coming to Terms with the Suicide of Her Gay Son by Leroy Aarons

He believes himself to be evil and ugly and notes this in the journal that he keeps. She was a traditional ‘s wife and mother. I zarons believe this book could change a lot of peoples opinions. I wanted to shake members of Bobby’s family, and I wanted to assure Bobby that he was okay, and not as abnormal as his family would have him believe. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Unknown to you they will be listening as you echo “amen” and that will soon lrayers their prayers.

And finally his spirit broke beyond repair. Mary Griffith had tried throughout her son’s adolescence to pray away his homosexuality.

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The crucial role of religion in the life of Bobby’s mother is examined in the first 75 pages. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. View all 9 comments. He vascilated between pleading with God to change him and cursing God lrayers leaving him alone. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.