Finding Sunlight

 A Coming-of-Age Memoir about Love within the Wreckage of Purity Culture

Non-Fiction - LGBTQ
272 Pages
Reviewed on 02/19/2024
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Reviewed by Danelle Petersen for Readers' Favorite

From the outside, Chrissy Holm's life seemed perfect. Her parents were happily married and always set a good example for Chrissy and her siblings. Reality, though, was a different story altogether. Chrissy's father was a very strict and devout Christian and rules always had to be obeyed, discussions were prohibited, and any form of rebelliousness was dealt with accordingly. It was a suffocating life that became even worse when Chrissy discovered something about herself that she knew her father would never forgive, never mind God. But when her mother dropped a bombshell that destroyed everything she believed in, Chrissy started spiraling. In Finding Sunlight, Chrissy takes us on her journey of finding her peace and finally accepting herself and her sexuality.

In Finding Sunlight, Chrissy Holm explains how hard it was growing up in a strictly religious household, where opinions and feelings were never considered, causing deep resentment and frustration. With Chrissy coming from a conservative household, I can appreciate how difficult it was for her to write about her experiences. Hiding her true self on top of the devastating news she was forced to accept from her parents, her biggest supporters, was a lot to take in; her safety net was no longer there, and having to start over was one of the toughest things she had to do. But in overcoming her weaknesses, Chrissy realized that true happiness comes from accepting yourself, flaws and all. Chrissy tells her story with a rawness and honesty that is both intoxicating and refreshing.