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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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Mary Griffith had tried throughout her son’s adolescence to pray away his homosexuality. Published August 9th by HarperOne first published After Bobby commits suicide, Mary begins to read his journals and it’s only then that she realizes her mistake.

I wasn’t so crazy about fpr jumping back and forth in the timeline.

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

If they would turn away from temptation, they could be normal again if only they would try and try harder if it doesn’t work. Overall, this isn’t really a book you’d pick up on your own. Inbeing only twenty years old, not able to find love and acceptance from his family nor his religion, Bobby committed suicide by jumping off a highway bridge in Portland, Oregon. Griffith understood homophobia to be fed by and encouraged by religion and eventually she simply rejected the church for preaching a falsehood.

The Griffiths’ story resonated with Aarons’ own transformation as an openly gay journalist and activist.

I really appreciate that the story went beyond the misery of a teenager, although that part is undeniably important to the story as well. The story weaves both Bobby’s tale before his death, with his mother’s tale of coming to terms with the role she played in his suicide. Open Preview See a Problem? It asks the simple question of all parents — do you want a gay son or a dead son? Jun 18, Sarah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Homosexuals are doomed to spend eternity in hell.

There are children, like Bobby, sitting in your congregations. It was not God’s will that Bobby climbed over the side of a freeway overpass and jumped directly into the path of an eighteen-wheel truck which killed him instantly.


I have read man This book is about Bobby Griffin, a young man who chose to kill himself because he was struggling with accepting his homosexuality.

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

The movie was primarily the mothers point of view and I found her struggle with the whole thing really interesting.

Finally, his spirit broke beyond repair. Below is speech from Mary Griffith: His mother Mary always told him he was not working hard enough to prayerx better.

The final chapter is the author’s overview of the gay youth crisis at the time the book was completed.

See 1 question about Prayers for Bobby…. The following year pryers retired from journalism. The fact that his impulses were not going away was overt proof that his devotion was inadequate and, to Bobby’s mind, that he was a worthless human being.

The only part of this book that dragged at all, were the sections where the narrator seemed to intervene and recount moments that involved himself, or pages and pages prayerrs gay history. This book makes you want to reach through the paper to Alright I my admit that this is totally out of character. A truly touching and important story no one should forget; something that will be relevant for many more years and something that should motivate us to strive for more.

He stopped writing in his journal a week before he jumped off a freeway overpass. Though the emphasis on specific legislative and other political actions dates the book, I am sure that many youth today are still being hurt by the same forces of ignorance and deliberate misunderstanding that Bobby suffered.

Another sentence that touches me emotionally is when Mary said that God didn’t heal Bobby because there was nothing in him to be healed.

When the clergy condemns a homosexual person to hell and eternal damnation, we the congregation echo ‘Amen. Bobby’s death turned her into an assertive, strong, activist.

Religion, government, schools, friends and family views on homosexuality in America are covered in the book and the incredible pro groups created across the American states to fight for equal rights. Outside the main theme of the book, it was empowering to read about someone who could previously be perceived as weak and unsure transform into a nationally influential figure with self-confidence built from scratch.


Your fear and ignorance of the word gay will soon silence their cries. For me, the story lay in her transformation. Mar 22, Seth Mavigliano rated it it was amazing. Such a shame the church was so concerned on what others would think that they totally let Bobby down Jun 10, Peggy rated it liked it Shelves: Nevertheless, this is worth reading.

But his suicide is not the end of the story. I think it is an essential read for everyone who themselves identifies as something other than straight, but it is also an important book for every parent. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education.

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He worked to present the story to a large viewership but did not see this happen before he died. This book teaches parents to love their children more than their ideologies.

This book was a lifesaver then as it helped me sort out my family, my thoughts, my feelings and brought resolution to my heart and mind. I had seen the Lifetime movie with Sigourney Weaver in and cried at toward the end. Retrieved from ” https: Bobby constantly felt less than, not welcomed, mocked for his choices and felt to feel like a freak who was sick.

I shed many a tear. Had I allowed myself to investigate what I now see as Bible bigotry and diabolical dehumanization slander against our fellow human beings, Aarlns would not be looking back for having relinquished my ability to think and reason with other people — people I trust for truth and guidance in my life. This book was a journey for me. Otherwise it prxyers a lovely, lovely read. Griffith became an activist determined to make the world a safer place for gay and lesbian children.