A must read book for anyone wanting to learn more about the transgender journey. It is especially valuable for a parent, relative or friend of a gender questioning or transgender person.
Together, Cheryl and her husband raised their children telling them: "You can be anything and do anything you want in life." They just never expected to learn that what their youngest daughter desired most was to be a boy. This deeply personal story, told from Mom's perspective is about discovering the son they never knew they had.
In the beginning, transgender was not even on Mom's radar. There was a so much to learn. She went from knowing nothing at all about the subject to becoming significantly more knowledgeable. She partook in a journey of learning that evolved into one of self discovery for her as much as for her transgender child. There were valuable lessons and gifted blessings along the way. There were also times of great heartache and pain. Mom was strengthened, she was tested, she wept and she prayed and in the end, she survived as did her transgender child.
If you liked the book Becoming Nicole you will love I Promised Not to Tell.
The journey this family took offers encouragement, support, wisdom and hope to others who may have found themselves on a similar path. Mom shares many of the resources she used along her own family's journey and extends to you a friendship that goes far beyond the pages of this book.
This is a wonderfully written and thought provoking true story which transitions beautifully between the family's personal journey and some of the larger societal issues that face the transgender community today.
What is unique about this book is that it follows one gender assured child from birth through the difficult teenage years into young adulthood. You get a real sense of what this family went through. This book shares it all in the hopes of making a difference in what seems like a harsh and cruel world for transgender people.
Even if you don't know a transgender person this book will make you feel as if you do. One Amazon reviewer even said: "By the end of the book I felt like I had become part of the family."
If you are a transgender person, this book might be an excellent way to introduce the topic to parents and loved ones. Perhaps helping to pave the way to acceptance and understanding.
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