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A Tale of Authentic Transformation and Courage, February 17, 2015
By Sherry Zitter
This review is from: No! Maybe? Yes! Living My Truth (Paperback)
This inspiring book touched me deeply at many profound levels. I bought it because Grace is a respected member of our Internal Family Systems community who I have been getting to know, and I wanted to learn what she had to say about her process. Also, as therapist working with LGBTQ individuals and their families, I always want to learn more and to find good resources to share.
I encountered so much more than I ever imagined! This book is a teacher to us all. Grace's courageous authenticity about her long and arduous journey evokes our own sense of our true path. Her detailed story about the parts of her who forced her to hide her identity for decades due to their concerns for her safety and to avoid loss of love and connection made me resonate with the parts of myself who have hidden aspects of my thoughts and feelings in order to fit in better or not hurt the feelings of those I love. Her vivid description of how she gradually helped those parts of her to heal and be willing to take the risk to live authentically at the age of 64 evokes the places in us all who may be waiting for the right time to truly live our dreams.
Grace's message to us to face our fears, take risks and live from our truest self/selves is a gift to us all. I highly recommend this book for anyone in your life -- most especially you!
[5.0 out of 5 stars]
On being transgender - from the inside!, December 19, 2014
By Denise Leigh
This review is from: No! Maybe? Yes! Living My Truth (Kindle Edition)
There have been many books written about the transgender experience, but none like this. Grace combines her years of experience as a therapist along with her own story of what it’s like to be transgender - but with a twist. She has marvelously given voice to the conflict raging inside her, too faint for others to hear, and easily dismissed by her until it grew too loud to ignore. That voice is the persistent noise one hears when one goes against their true nature while struggling to understand just what that is.
She draws you into her conflicted mind using a psychiatric model of behavior. Rather than explain the model in technical terms she lets her story be the teacher.
In the introduction Grace talks about the common experience shared by many transgender individuals and I dare say that with a few changes many could find themselves reading their own story.
The book is a mixture of autobiography and self-help allowing her to share her lessons learned with a reader who might be struggling with their own issues that are holding them back, and not just those of being transgender.
As in every life there is an emotional roller coaster and Grace is very willing to share the good with the bad on a deeply personal level. We learn a lot about her life which is not without some spectacular drama where I found myself fighting to keep my eyes from reading faster than my comprehension because of my desire to see what happens next. She has a flare for making you feel that you are witnessing the events as they unfold that will have you holding your breath along with her and for her.
I believe that anyone wondering what it’s like to be transgender on a deeply personal level will learn much from the clever way she elucidates it in this book, I heartily recommend it to everyone!
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is a MUST read!
By M.Q. on January 28, 2015
This book is amazing. Grace takes you along on her journey from childhood to the present. Along the way she exposes readers to the inner struggles of the transgender psyche and the turmoil that many of us experience. Grace enables us to better understand why we feel the way we do in a way I have never experienced before. She put into words how I feel that, until now, I have been unable to comprehend. This is a MUST read!!
"As our society evolves, we are becoming more and more aware of gender issues, and a memoir like this is a big step toward helping some readers to better understand the struggles of a transgender person. Written with precision and passion, //Living My Truth// is both informative and inspirational, and it's beautiful to see how the author has used her own unique experience to educate others. An important read for everyone."
- San Francisco Book Review
Grace Anne Stevens