Someone commented on a blog post I read yesterday about how it might help to let young LGBTQ people in crisis know there are good books out there that might help them. And I think it's a good idea for young people who are in crisis about their identities, too. In the LGBTQ world there's a lot of frustration during the teen and early twenty years and there's never an easy answer.
But there are people who have been writing about their own experiences, and some have been writing good books with the intention of helping people who are in crisis. And I don't believe everyone is cut out to call helplines or seek help out in an aggressive way. Some people are more introspective and they prefer to seek help in quiet ways.
I have one editorial client left. His name is Curt von Dornheim and he's written many non-fiction books that I think can be very helpful to people who are either going through a crisis or coming out of one. Although his books aren't strictly LGBTQ, he is very familiar with the LGBTQ community and he's worked with everything from AIDS patients to school children. I know his books are good because I edited them. I had nothing to do with the e-book releases because I know nothing about that. I'm not promoting his books because I'm receiving any compensation.
I'm doing it because I think it might help. And I would recommend his books highly to anyone who is in doubt or is questioning something in their life. They aren't religious books; they aren't exactly self-help. They aren't too spiritual and they aren't too complicated. But they do make you feel really good. And that's the best way I can explain it.
He's like Norman Vincent Peale for today's way of thinking...without the religious overtones. Every page has something positive. I like his books so much I even left a review for one on amazon, and that's not something I do often.
Here's a list of his e-books that have just been released:
Don't Take Your Treasures With You
Crystallizing Creative Consciousness