20 Must-Read Books We Missed Last Year

So many books, so little time. But these little LGBT-penned miracles — which run the gamut from crime and mystery to coming out, religion, politics, sex, the Mafia, and identity — belong on summer reading lists.

BY Clea Kim and Diane Anderson-Minshall

May 13 2013 4:00 AM ET

Cowboys, Armageddon, and the Truth: How A Gay Child Was Saved From Religion by Scott Terry (Lethe Press, $18.00)

At the age of 10, Scott Terry was preparing for Armageddon because he had accepted the Jehovah’s Witnesswa’ prediction that the world would end in 1975. As a child, he prayed for God to rid him of his growing attraction to other men. But as Terry reached adulthood, he found himself no longer believing in the end of the world. Throughout his journey, he left the Witness religion and became a cowboy, riding bulls in a rodeo. Terry conquers the obstacles of parental abuse, religious extremism, and homophobia and learns to live openly as a gay man. This memoir offers a look into a child’s world of abuse, homophobia, and religious radicalism. Terry narrates a compelling story and gives readers a look into the Jehovah’s Witness faith. 

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