June LDS Living Book Club: Join Ben Schilaty, a gay BYU Honor Code administrator, for ‘A Walk in My Shoes’

by | Jun. 01, 2021

In 2017, President M. Russell Ballard counseled, “We need to listen to and understand what our LGBT brothers and sisters are feeling and experiencing. Certainly, we must do better than we have done in the past so that all members feel they have a spiritual home where their brothers and sisters love them and where they have a place to worship and serve the Lord” (BYU Devotional, November 14, 2017). 

For the month of June, we're going to be reading and discussing A Walk in My Shoes: Questions I’m Often Asked as a Gay Latter-day Saint together. This incredible and important book invites readers to act upon President Ballard's counsel by following the journey of licensed therapist and BYU Honor Code administrator, Ben Schilaty, as he works to reconcile his faith with his sexual orientation.

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What This Month Holds

  • • An easy-to-follow reading schedule
  • • Weekly videos with insights and answers to your questions from the author of A Walk in my Shoes
  • • Exclusive insights on our Instagram account from the author, Ben Schilaty

About LDS Living Book Club

Each month we choose a new book to read together. Joining is easy! Simply follow @ldslivingbookclub on Instagram for reading reminders and insights.

About the Book

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Each chapter in A Walk in My Shoes: Questions I’m Often Asked as a Gay Latter-day Saint focuses on a question that the author is often asked which he answers using stories from his life and gospel principles. Questions include: Were you born gay? Why do you stay in the Church? Why don’t you marry a woman if marriage is about more than sex? Readers are invited to experience various steps of Ben’s journey with him. A Walk in My Shoes allows readers a glimpse into the life of a single, gay, active Latter-day Saint and provides examples of how they can support and minister to their LGBTQ loved ones.

A Walk in My Shoes: Questions I’m Often Asked as a Gay Latter-day Saint is available now at Deseret Book stores, DeseretBook.com, and on the Deseret Bookshelf mobile app as an ebook or audiobook!

About the Author

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Ben Schilaty is an Honor Code administrator and adjunct professor at BYU. He's also a gay Latter-day Saint, striving just like any other member of the Church to know God's will for him and then do it.

Comments and feedback can be sent to feedback@ldsliving.com