Dating jesus book review
Having awful experiences doesn’t mean it’s awful to be me, but that is exactly what people wanted.Some people were like, we know your writing, we know who you are, and we’d love to work with you, but we don’t want this. Michael Arceneaux: People wanted me to be more political, but the book in itself is a political statement.
Arceneaux is now taking on his greatest challenge in publishing his debut memoir, “I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyoncé,” (available July 24 on Atria), where he talks about everything from religion to sex all within the bubble of his undying love for his “lord and gyrator” Beyoncé.
The Grio.com: What do you want readers to take away from the book?
Michael Arceneaux: I grew up Southern Black and Catholic, so there are a lot of repressive attitudes there.
Michael Arceneaux: This is a very personal story told in a specific way and I wish I had that when I was trying to figure myself out. I don’t want to denigrate anyone that came before me because I’m grateful to every Black, queer person who has contributed in some way, but everything else around me when I was younger was telling me that what I wanted to be was wrong.
I hope someone can pick up my book and be like ‘no I’m fine and I can be myself.’The Grio.com: Was it hard to talk about topics like sexual assault and reveal names?