"...provides the light of hope for healing..."
Yes, some of the gay community is promiscuous, and addicted and more frequently suicidal than straights. But we aren’t those things because we are gay. We are those things because we’ve been taught that God doesn’t love us. Think about that for a moment. We’ve been taught that God doesn’t love us.”
FIVE STAR REVIEWS!
"A courageous first novel!"
"Beautifully and victoriously written!"
"This book is a great gift to me.
Jen gives not only her story but herself and her soul to the reader
in this deeply honest writing. The hope and redemption of this book
feed me and point to a way forward for my life."
"Truth is really the theme of this work. Jen takes readers through her journey
to find her own truth, as a queer woman, as a minister’s child, as a child of God.
Reckless truth-telling is often messy and scary but always necessary
and Jen’s story is all of those things...Jen’s story is one of perseverance
and courage and above all, of coming into the light."
"...Living in pursuit of her own dignity, the author takes us down the rabbit hole
of her evolution through choices made in her search to reclaim it.
The light of hope that shines on in her journey to heal and reclaim her power honors
those who are still suffering and those who have since healed. This light of hope
will shine into the hearts of everyone that this story encounters."
"...She was a broken soul hiding in plain sight, just like I was. I saw so many of my own struggles with self-worth in this book and selfishly, it provided so much comfort
to know that I was not the only one. I guess we all battle inner demons.
Bravo, Jen! Your courage to share yourself is an absolute triumph
and I will be suggesting this book to many!"
JEN SLUMAC is known as a hope dealer. She is a mentor, writer, educator, designer, performer, and producer -- living a life that aims to make the world beautiful for all - to dismantle stigma and empower those who live on the margins of society.
As an educator and counselor, she has worked inside of prisons, churches, and schools. Jen takes to the streets to meet with those experiencing homelessness and the many challenges that accompany it. She has witnessed that current systems and institutions often fail the people most in need of their help.
She has been seen on NBC, MTV-LOGO, and if you look closely, Comedy Central. She is in long term recovery from alcoholism, sober since 2001. SLUMAC has a gift for producing environments that highlight -- and foster conversation about -- the universal human experience. Her goal these days is to be a practical catalyst for unity, drawing on personal history to help others rise.
Jen's debut novel, SOULNOTSKIN, is inspired by true events. As a queer woman longing for a faith community, her road has been complicated but never deterred. Jen has found her ministry in storytelling - as graphic designer, a standup comedian, a keynote inspirational speaker, entertaining educator, and author.
Her faith journey continues as she creates, grows, and loves from Northern California, where she lives with her wife, Jessie, and their fur-babies. She proudly calls a man named Ian her son.