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'Haunting, Heart-Wrenching and Beautiful' Journey of Same-Sex Attraction Shared in 'Loves God, Likes Girls'

Contact: Ryan Self, 325-674-4976, ryan.self@acu.edu

ABILENE, Texas, June 4, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- Sally Gary had a secret. She loved God -- but she liked girls. The experience of trying to reconcile her faith with a growing fear that her same-sex attractions wouldn't disappear -- an experience shared by countless men and women across the country -- caused years of frustration, sadness and heartache. But she also found hope. In Sally's new memoir, "Loves God, Likes Girls," Sally brings to light the experience of living in the tension of resolving her faith with homosexuality, an experience where many are still in the dark.

"Into the contested debates about same-sex attraction enters Sally Gary's haunting, heart-wrenching, and beautiful memoir," says Richard Beck, psychology professor and blogger at experimentaltheology.blogspot.com. "This is a love story that cannot be easily categorized or co-opted in a debate where battle lines have often been aggressively and unhelpfully drawn.... May 'Loves God, Likes Girls' help the church open her heart to the stories aching to be told."

"Loves God, Likes Girls" will be released June 11 by Leafwood Publishers and will be available at Lifeway, Mardel, and independent Christian bookstores around the country.

Sally Gary's story offers hope and reconciliation for families torn apart by this issue. Through stories, Sally shares some of the painful and confusing lies she grew up believing about herself that shaped her views of femininity and her ability to form healthy relationships with both men and women. The book emphasizes that those who experience same-sex attraction need safe places to explore questions, to find community, and to grow deeper in relationship with God.

View a trailer for the book: youtu.be/DCR1pdCg7Uc

SALLY GARY holds degrees in communication from Abilene Christian University and a law degree from Texas Tech University. A former high school debate coach, trial lawyer, and college professor, Sally is a teacher at heart. She is the founder and director of CenterPeace, a non-profit ministry providing safe places for conversation about same-sex attraction in families and churches. Sally lives in Abilene, Texas.

Learn more about Sally and the work of CenterPeace at

Leafwood Publishers is an imprint of ACU Press, a publisher located in Abilene, Texas, which for over 25 years has published titles ranging from theology to Christian living. The press is delighted to be adding "Loves God, Likes Girls" to its list of books exploring issues of Christian living and thought.

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