Has someone ever said “no one understands” to you before? Or have you have felt like no one understands what you are going through? Sometimes the worst part of a struggle or trial in life is the feeling of isolation that is tied to it like a bag of concrete.

On the flipside, when someone does understand how good is it? When someone listens and speaks with you about the struggle, it can feel as though a crippling weight has just been taken off you.

Same-sex attraction and gender dysphoria can be so hard for just this reason. The isolating feeling that there is no one out there who understands. And this feeling is not limited to the individual but so often their family and friends too.

But it does not have to be this way.

One of the very powerful parts of The Plausibility Problem is Ed Shaw’s (the author) experience and feelings with what he is writing about. He knows what it is like to be same-sex attracted.

Similarly, What Some of You Were is so helpful as a collection of true stories. It goes one step further from Ed’s book. Christians who struggle, parents who have seen their children struggle and more share their stories so that we might understand. For a relatively short and very readable book, there is such a wide variety of short true stories – or more accurately – testimonies to how the Lord has been with them during their various trials.

I do not struggle with same-sex attraction or gender dysphoria but I bought and read this book because I wanted to start understanding how to better care for our brothers