A truly unique love story, Our Family Outing chronicles the journey as a family faces the reality their husband and father is gay. The story is told in two eloquent narrative voices – Joe, a husband, pastor and father who faces the truth about his sexuality and Leigh Anne a wife, church musician and mother who finds her way to acceptance and forgiveness.
Today, they form a non-traditional and very loving family where they successfully share parenting of their adult children and Leigh Anne serves as Godmother to the son Joe shares with his partner, James. Leigh Anne and her husband, Hugh, share a new bond of friendship with Joe and James that offers hope to anyone who has traveled through the break-up of a marriage and the struggle to re-define relationships.
“While I never imagined the journey my life would take when I met Joe, I realize how blessed I am to have been offered the lessons of the experience,”
Throughout the book, the authors use honesty and humor as a source of revelation and growth leaving readers motivated to choose love and forgiveness in the face of even the most difficult challenges. Navigating their own struggles, Joe and Leigh Anne offer permission to accept responsibility;
“As we watched so many other families struggle through similar issues it became clear that sharing our story could offer a new way to face their challenges, release their prejudices, overcome discrimination, and find hope for their future,” said author, Joe Cobb.
Cobb and Taylor are voices of acceptance and inspiration. Their story will undoubtedly help many families to deal with similar crises and replace fear with love in the hearts of their readers.
Joe Cobb lives in Roanoke, Virginia where he serves as a clergy with the Metropolitan Community Churches. A native of Kansas, Joe earned a BA in Philosophy from Southwestern College in his home state and a Master of Divinity from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Raised in the United Methodist Church, Joe was called into ministry in 1981, and was ordained as a deacon in 1985, an elder in 1991 and served for 20 years in parish ministry. Five years after coming out, Joe was ordained in the Metropolitan Community Church where he currently serves a growing community in SW Virginia.
Leigh Anne Taylor
Leigh Anne Taylor resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains of SW Virginia where her family has lived for generations. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, she has worked as a church musician and musical director in Texas, Kansas and Virginia. Leigh Anne is a graduate of James Madison University and Southern Methodist University but feels her most advanced degrees have been earned from the “school of life.”
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