I have been fortunate to become friends—via social media—with a delightful woman named Amy Hollingsworth.
Hollingsworth was named one of USA Today’s Top 100 People of 2010 for her influence on pop culture and featured in the documentary by MTV News VP/producer Benjamin Wagner titled “Mister Rogers & Me.” Her television appearances include Living the Life, WGN’s Morning News, PBS’s A Word on Words, and FOX Morning News.
Before writing books, Hollingsworth wrote for various magazines and was a writer for eight years for a national television program. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in both English and psychology. Her most recent endeavor is a book called, Letters From The Closet.
This is the story of a teacher and a high school student who find themselves in an intimate relationship. Some would call such intimacy taboo.
However, the relationship is the opposite of what our society would consider perverted. Instead of using and destroying each other through illicit sexual escapades, the most devious acts this student and teacher do is write letters to each other for ten years.
The letters form a cocoon around two hurting people. It is in this cocoon they confide their deepest selves and find a buffer from their pain.
The teacher is gay in a time when gays stayed in the closet. The student is the good Catholic/over achiever. Her achievements mask her anorexia, her parent’s divorce, her father’s drinking, and her mother’s emotional breakdown.
So this book isn’t really about a gay teacher coming out of the closet. This book is about a young man and a young woman finding intimacy through their vulnerability.
Teacher John shares his depression and his cynicism with the world. Student Amy learns she doesn’t have to hide from the demons in her life.
Some Christian bookstores are refusing to carry this book. I don’t understand that. There are no graphic descriptions of anything other than two people revealing their true emotional selves to each other. You can read praise for this book here.
I would give this book a G rating for content, and an A+ for writing style and psychological and literary depth.
You can read more from the author here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/amy-hollingsworth/coming-out-of-the-closet-one-letter-at-a-time_b_3356028.html
Have you ever been blessed by a friendship so intimate you could be yourself?
Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty teacher at Colorado Christian University.
She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."