Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Patience: A Gay Man's Virtue

Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review - Patience: A Gay Man's Virtue

About the Book
Patience – A Gay Man’s Virtue takes readers on a lighthearted, and at times serious, journey through the life and times of the author. Written from the vantage point of a gay man, the book addresses many injustices in the world that affect people outside the gay community.

A journey through life, while riding a roller coaster of emotion, Patience – A Gay Man’s Virtue is the heartfelt and candid story of one man’s triumph over hatred and bigotry. Inviting the reader to walk alongside him through a world that is anything but fair, this book speaks to the trials, tribulations, and successes that come with growing up as a minority in a world that is not quite ready to accept all people as they are.

"What I have learned in my short three-ish decades of life on this earth is that the world is not tolerant of many things and people, and as individuals, we all need to work on that. Ask anyone who has ever been touched by racism, prejudice, hate crimes, bigotry, etc…and by ‘anyone’ you will soon realize I mean ‘everyone’. Everyone has been a recipient of negative human interactions based on some personal attribute," says La Lumiére.

About the Author
Born in New England at a time long before the invention of DVDs, iPods, the Internet (yes, there was life before the Internet), Hybrid cars, the Snuggie as well as a plethora of other things that have been invented but have questionable practicality and usability, Jed La Lumiére was lucky enough to be born after the heyday of 8-track tapes and the El Camino. He moved to Canada in 2008, and has been bouncing back and forth, like a yo-yo, between the USA and Canada, since.

He spent the first half of his career life as an IT guy. While that job paid the bills and provided a comfortable existence, he wanted to do more than answer phones, deal with computer issues, and write code.

A few years ago he decided to become a personal trainer so he could help people become healthier. He wanted to pay forward the kindness that someone showed him many years ago while losing his own battle with weight issues. Being a personal trainer both in the gym and out has proven to be most rewarding for Jed, but he had the need to write. While he still trains clients now and again, he’s focused on reaching people through the written word.

My Take on the Book
Have you ever wondered what it must be like to grow up as a gay male? If you have, this book provides a very intimate look into one man's life and the struggles that he went through growing up. I found the book to be enlightening and inspiring. The book is not all educational in nature, but it is also entertaining as well and their were some fun moments that were shared as well. The book bares all and the author shares so much of himself, the good, the bad and the ugly. You will see bigotry and hatred as well as love and acceptance in this book. It is such a balanced account, and you will learn so much from reading this , I know that I did!

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