Waiting for the call

Waiting for the call

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a€œWell-written, absorbing, and a great pleasure to read . . . will appeal to Christians struggling to square their traditional beliefs with acceptance of homosexuality as well as to all those interested in adoption, lesbian marriage, and the changing shape of Americaa€™s families.a€ a€”Elizabeth C. Fine, Virginia Tech University Waiting for the Call takes readers from the foothills of the Appalachiansa€”where Jacqueline Taylor was brought up in a strict evangelical householda€”to contemporary Chicago, where she and her lesbian partner are raising a family. In a voice by turns comic and loving, Taylor recounts the amazing journey that took her in profoundly different directions from those she or her parents could have ever envisioned. Taylora€™s father was a Southern Baptist preacher, and she struggled to deal with his strictures as well as her mothera€™s manic-depressive episodes. After leaving for college, Taylor finds herself questioning her faith and identity, questions that continue to mount whena€”after two divorces, a doctoral degree, and her first kiss with a womana€”she discovers her own lesbianism and begins a most untraditional family that grows to include two adopted children from Peru. Even as she celebrates and cherishes this new family, Taylor insists on the possibility of maintaining a loving connection to her religious roots. While she and her partner search for the best way to explain adoption to their children and answer the inevitable question, a€œWhich one is your mom?a€ they also seek out a church that will unite their love of family and their faith. Told in the great storytelling tradition of the American South, full of deep feeling and wry humor, Waiting for the Call engagingly demonstrates how one woman bridged the gulf between faith and sexual identity without abandoning her principles.... infant sleep patterns before adopting her, but she seemed to come with her own (unpublished) instructions. ... Oh, she would doze off in the Snugli for a few minutes, but she had little aptitude for the long morning and afternoon naps theanbsp;...

Title:Waiting for the call
Author:Jacqueline Taylor
Publisher:Univ of Michigan Pr - 2007-03


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