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She's My Dad: A Father's Transition and a Son's Redemption

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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
Paperback, 200 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Michelle
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
erica
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
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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.
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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.
Joan
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
Evan
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
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Louise
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
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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.
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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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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