I need a book cover for the book entitled:
Going Gay: My Journey from Evangelical Christian Minister to Self-Acceptance, Love, Life and Meaning
(I may shorten that second part a bit)
The book describes my experiences growing up in an evangelical Pentecostal faith trying not to be gay. I became a minister and went through an ex-gay (reparative therapy) ministry, which was one of the oldest, most renowned organizations in the world at the time, with far-reaching influence. I became a leader in the ex-gay movement in the 90's and the work I and our team did was a critical moment in history that built an alliance with the Christian Right and the Republican party while creating a political firestorm between the Christian right and the gay community.
The book is written to show the Christian right how one of their own went through the mental and emotional, decades-long process of coming to terms with his sexual orientation and faith.
The short version of my story is on video at http://timrymel.com/videos. (roughly 15 minutes)
-I picture the cover as someone, wearing a suit, peering through a closet door and holding a small rainbow flag.
-The imagery should be subtle.
-Next to the closet there could be a picture of Jesus or some sort of religious imagery.
-The person attempting to come out of the closet is frighted, doesn't fit in with what's on the outside, but no longer conforms to what is on the inside.
-On the back I'd like to leave room for comments from people who will review the book. We will add their words later.
This will be a hard cover book, so we will need inside flaps as well.