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This book is true, as far as I witnessed. Lorinda put so much emotion in the telling of her story. She is for real, and she is a truly genuine person. Read the book in its entirety; we’ve had a wonderful relationship, as far as my husband and I know..our hope is that she knows we’ll still be there for her and our grandsons. The boys are super and she was there for them in very tough times. Great job, Mom!! This is from the heart, babe! We hope telling your story has been cathartic for you! You are a good person….don’t let ANYONE make you feel differently. You and the boys still have our hearts!❤️
I grew up knowing this author, and I had my own rough time during our shared adolescence that she captured many aspects of in pure perfection. Sadly, this read was so detailed and self scrutinizing that I myself suffered right along with her as her masterful writing dredged up a past that was largely forgotten.
This is a story of a woman who has lived a tough path from the outset, a path that unfortunately isn’t rare, and that makes it all the more painful.
I endorse this book as a must read. I read it over the course of 2 days, having no desire (and the time available) to put it down. While my own memories flashed up from scenery descriptions and town names or certain “known to me” events, it is a read that is accessible to anyone who has lived a life at all, because this author superbly puts in writing what can be seen as life in motion, in sorrow, and finally in pure joy and liberation. We are all of us in those pages, if we allow ourselves the insight and honesty to face the great suffering of another, and I came face to face with my own misery to freedom from it as I walked along with her to her destination.
May I suggest you pick it up and start today? You’ll be glad you did.
I heard a Zoom event of Linda Boyer’s book, by Village Books, besides reading the book.
Enlightening and life-changing
“Just because someone stumbles and loses their path, does not mean that they are lost forever.” Charles Xavier
Lorinda Boyer’s memoir, Straight Enough, should be an eye-opener to the reader if they persist to the end. It can be shocking to some and saddening to others. In the end, it is life-changing and redeeming. Lorinda boldly leads us through the first several chapters on her “sexual addiction,” while desperately trying to be true to her fundamental Christian faith and to be a loyal wife and devoted mother. This could draw a cynic to the hopelessness of her ever recovering. Then in Chapter 14, she determines to turn her life around and embarks on a Christian healing program. Henceforth, through the next several chapters, the reader is gripped by her emotional turmoil and anguish. She takes them through a roller coaster of her failed attempts to quit sexual rendezvous, cognitive dissonance about her sexual identity and guilt, rejection by her faith-based program, perceived lack of help with psychotherapy, breaking up from her husband, sense of neglect of her children and eviction from her rental home and, finally being driven to despondency and depression. The only way she found to end it all was by attempting to take her life.
Having had a second chance, Lorinda realized her responsibility, affirmed her newfound identity, and confronted her extreme sexual urge. Through it all, she managed to stay focused and drew strength from the challenges she had to overcome. First, it was Robin and then Sandy, who were crucial to her journey of self-discovery.
The Lorinda I knew in 2014 when I joined the gym where she was an instructor was a smart, witty, and engaging woman who kept us, her senior exercise group, moving and exuberant.
In opening up and telling her transforming story to the world, Lorinda was courageous, candid, and enlightening. She wrote it with deep emotion and patience. After her internal debate and losing her mother’s affection over her faith and actions, ultimately, with maturity, she questioned her fundamental Christian beliefs and attempted to regain her mother’s love. Those in the straight world, as well as the trans world, will benefit by reading her book, Straight Enough, to become aware of the complexities of gender dynamics. I highly recommend this book.