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She's My Dad

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Jonathan S. Williams was three months into pastoring a new, evangelical church plant when his father confessed a secret: he was transgender. His father, Paul, a prominent evangelical pastor, soon became Paula, and Jonathan's life and ministry went into a tailspin. Feeling betrayed by his mentor and confidante and scared that his church would lose funding and support if Pau ...more
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Published November 8th 2018 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
As a Pastor of a Brooklyn New York Community Church, Jonathan S. Williams didn't see his father Paul transitioning to live as a woman. During the time his father transitioned there wasn't much information available about transgender people, gender identity issues and no Caitlyn Jenner or Orange Is The New Black. "She's My Dad" is William's account not only of his father's truth but his own acceptance of his father as a woman and the change in his family dynamic that would permanently alter the c ...more
She's My Dad is a fascinating read with a very important message valuing love and acceptance. In this memoir, Jonathan Williams, a pastor, recounts the story of his father's transition and discusses its impact on his own life. Williams' father, Paul (now Paula), was also a pastor; both parent and son, before becoming ministers, were involved in a churchbuilding organization, a movement within Evangelical Christianity, and had both based their entire lives around the church.

I'm guessing that Wil
Rebecca L.
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I saw the advertisement for this book in my inbox from WJK Press, I knew I had to read it. I believe in making space for the narratives of people who would normally go unheard in our society. As soon as I knew this book was available, I knew that it was important for me to hear Paula's story. 

I am a person who has made my home and my life in the church. I love the church very much; however, I know that the church has deeply hurt many people in many different ways throughout history. R
Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.

My rating is actually 3.5/5 stars, but since there aren't half stars I always round up.

She’s My Dad tells the story of Jonathan’s Dad transitioning to her true self, Paula. The book is honest about the challenges, learning process and love that goes into having a family member transition. The process is made even more complex, because Paula is a pastor in the Evangelical church.
Natasha Ellis
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
‘Oh boo hoo get over it’ is what I felt a lot of time. I never really got into the book till about 47%, seemed more about the church than transgender. I also felt he repeated him self a lot.
Then I gave up at 83% and did not finish.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One reaction to a transgender person in my former fundagelical approach to the world is to believe such a person is deceived by the devil if not fully cooperating with Satan. In fact, it is such a demonic act that one should not even participate in using the person's new name. The observational, scientific understanding of sex, gender, genitalia, and brain structure are not yet allowed to disagree with Moses's binary assertion that in the beginning God created them male and female. Compassion is ...more
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the true story of the day that changed Jonathan Williams’ life forever. It was the day his beloved father Paul told him he was ‘coming out’ as transgender. Jonathan was stunned beyond words and this story goes through the mourning he went through at losing his own very special Dad. There are also excerpts written by Jonathon’s father who was to become known as Paula Stone Williams. The memoir eventually sees father and son reconciled and tells their story from their different points of v ...more
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

“I felt bad for him and her. But in the back of my head I felt betrayed. It felt like a dream.” - Jonathan

She’s My Dad by Jonathan S. Williams, is an emotionally inspirational memoir that showcases a son who loves his father and father who comes out as Transgender. Told from the perspective of the son, he tells his journey of acceptance. Though it’s not every day your father calls the family together and tell you that they’re Trans*. Although some of the language in the book is offensive to the
Shannon Holmes
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to love this book, but instead I found myself simply skimming through. There were aspects of the book that I did find intriguing. I don't know that I have ever given a great deal of thought to what the family of a person going through a transition experiences. How this is like a death, and the struggles they would have. The raw honesty in this part of the book was very emotional and touching, but the book quickly became repetitive and jumped between the struggles inside the famil ...more
Bill Cummings
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This vulnerable and courageous book provides incredible insight into the real world experience of Jonathan and Paula. It is the personal story of a son and a father who invite us into the pain, loss, confusion, discovery, goodness, and joy of their story - inviting us to more fully embrace the journey we are all on to find our true selves. I’m so thankful they chose to share their story with us. It is really, really good!
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I think this is an important book and a story that should be told. Unfortunately, it’s not written really well and it goes way too much into scripture and doctrine. The parts about Jonathan and Paula were the best parts of the book but I still felt this book only skimmed the surface.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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I received an E-Advanced Reader Copy of this memoir in exchange for a fair review. Many thanks to Netgalley and Westminster John Knox Press for the opportunity to review this memoir.

She’s My Dad : A Father’s Transition and a Son’s Redemption by Jonathan Williams and Paula Stone Williams follows a Jonathan while his father transitions from male to female late in her life. Paula has felt that she was a woman since she was a child but did not transition unti
Camille Kraus
I won this book in the giveaway! I was completely enthralled by Jonathan Williams' story. Beautifully written, I would highly recommend this book to open the eyes of the unknowing.
Mel Chang
Dec 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Read this for book club. Interesting.
Cristie Underwood
Nov 25, 2018 marked it as kindle
The author did a great job of conveying the emotions that those close to someone that is transgender experience. Many of us consider ourselves to be open-minded and accepting, but who knows if we will experience a different reaction to someone that is close to us being transgender. The author wrote a raw account of the impact his father had on his life and the emotions that he experienced throughout their relationship.
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Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The unique aspect of She's my Dad is the mental status of both the protagonist and one particular parent. Wild, in fact. One that I had never considered.

Naturally, family dynamics are unique as well.

Well worth the read!
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Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley and WestminsterJohnKnox Publishing for giving me a chance to read this book for my honest opinion.

I fully understand the difficulty that the transgender society has with the public sect especially the church and his or her family. I can only imagine how hard it would be if you were a preacher and it was your parent that was transitioning.
However this story rambled on and on to the point where one's attention gets lost.
The story line is more about the churches view instead o
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Feb 12, 2019 is currently reading it
I suppose if you are religious you might enjoy this book. The first half of the book was an explanation of Williams family structure within the church. I suppose that was to give the reader the reason he was so devastated. Me, me, me, that's all I heard in this story. Williams explains primarily how he was effected by his fathers change. And of course the church. I found this too wordy and boring.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a book. You could feel the pain of losing his "dad", and trying to have a relationship with the new person she is. This was an enlightening book. Really enjoyed!

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
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