I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé

I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé

Featured as one of Summer 2018?s most anticipated reads by the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, Buzzfeed, and Bitch Media. In the style of New York Times bestsellers You Can?t Touch My Hair, Bad Feminist, and I?m Judging You, a timely collection of alternately hysterical and soul?searching essays about what it is like to grow up as a creative, Featured as one of Summer 2018?s most anticipated reads by the Los Angeles Times, Vogue, Vulture, Entertainm...

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Title:I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé
Author:Michael Arceneaux
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:B075RQGJTQ
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé Reviews

  • Lisa Elizabeth
    Jul 11, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

    I am so happy for this author's success. I've followed him on social media for a few years, laughing and agreeing with his insights into pop culture, social issues and politics. Seeing his journey as writer and critic to now a book author is inspiring and wonderful. I laughed and frown...

    "Is it not an exercise in futility to place your faith in a belief system that doesn't completely believe in you?" This is a great and engaging read. Michael Arceneaux is funny, genuine, and open in this memoir about his experiences and growing up and how his faith has changed o...

    Probably a 3.5 for me. I thought it settled in to his voice after the first two chapters and I realized I?d never read anything from his perspective - gay black man from Texas raised as a Catholic. There?s a lot of talk about dating and while that was interesting I think I enjoyed ...

    Excellent, timely read. This is the first time I've read Arceneaux and I was delighted by his depth, honesty and humor. He gave insight into a world I knew nothing about and offered further insight into worlds to which I new very little, all the while seeming to be very true to himself...

    I loved this book so much! Michael told his story in an unapologetic and truthful way. Reading his book was like talking to an old friend or someone that I can see myself being friends with. I love his love for the Queen Bey cause it's similar to my own. This is definitely one of my fa...

    Rounding up a bit, but this was interesting! I honestly thought it was going to be a book of pop culture essays combined with growing up essays but really was a true coming of age journey, and from a perspective we don't get to hear from very often. ...

    I really liked this. A lot. Arceneaux's honesty and reality is beautiful and though I have not experienced anywhere close to the same life he has, I found myself identifying with most of what he had to say about the church, the southwest, Beyonce, politics, and dating. ...

    This is a funny, honest and poignant memoir which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The author?s perspective is one I?m not familiar with, so I found this book incredibly informative and eye-opening. ...

  • M
    Aug 13, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

  • b talbot
    Aug 11, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

  • Roxane
    Mar 05, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

  • (a)lyss(a)
    Aug 12, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

    I am so happy for this author's success. I've followed him on social media for a few years, laughing and agreeing with his insights into pop culture, social issues and politics. Seeing his journey as writer and critic to now a book author is inspiring and wonderful. I laughed and frown...

    "Is it not an exercise in futility to place your faith in a belief system that doesn't completely believe in you?" This is a great and engaging read. Michael Arceneaux is funny, genuine, and open in this memoir about his experiences and growing up and how his faith has changed o...

  • Jennifer
    Jul 25, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

  • Kari
    Aug 01, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

    I am so happy for this author's success. I've followed him on social media for a few years, laughing and agreeing with his insights into pop culture, social issues and politics. Seeing his journey as writer and critic to now a book author is inspiring and wonderful. I laughed and frown...

    "Is it not an exercise in futility to place your faith in a belief system that doesn't completely believe in you?" This is a great and engaging read. Michael Arceneaux is funny, genuine, and open in this memoir about his experiences and growing up and how his faith has changed o...

    Probably a 3.5 for me. I thought it settled in to his voice after the first two chapters and I realized I?d never read anything from his perspective - gay black man from Texas raised as a Catholic. There?s a lot of talk about dating and while that was interesting I think I enjoyed ...

  • Bri (girlwithabookblog.com)
    Apr 10, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

  • Al
    Feb 28, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

    I am so happy for this author's success. I've followed him on social media for a few years, laughing and agreeing with his insights into pop culture, social issues and politics. Seeing his journey as writer and critic to now a book author is inspiring and wonderful. I laughed and frown...

    "Is it not an exercise in futility to place your faith in a belief system that doesn't completely believe in you?" This is a great and engaging read. Michael Arceneaux is funny, genuine, and open in this memoir about his experiences and growing up and how his faith has changed o...

    Probably a 3.5 for me. I thought it settled in to his voice after the first two chapters and I realized I?d never read anything from his perspective - gay black man from Texas raised as a Catholic. There?s a lot of talk about dating and while that was interesting I think I enjoyed ...

    Excellent, timely read. This is the first time I've read Arceneaux and I was delighted by his depth, honesty and humor. He gave insight into a world I knew nothing about and offered further insight into worlds to which I new very little, all the while seeming to be very true to himself...

  • Sahitya
    Jul 02, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

  • Kayla
    Aug 15, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

    I am so happy for this author's success. I've followed him on social media for a few years, laughing and agreeing with his insights into pop culture, social issues and politics. Seeing his journey as writer and critic to now a book author is inspiring and wonderful. I laughed and frown...

    "Is it not an exercise in futility to place your faith in a belief system that doesn't completely believe in you?" This is a great and engaging read. Michael Arceneaux is funny, genuine, and open in this memoir about his experiences and growing up and how his faith has changed o...

    Probably a 3.5 for me. I thought it settled in to his voice after the first two chapters and I realized I?d never read anything from his perspective - gay black man from Texas raised as a Catholic. There?s a lot of talk about dating and while that was interesting I think I enjoyed ...

    Excellent, timely read. This is the first time I've read Arceneaux and I was delighted by his depth, honesty and humor. He gave insight into a world I knew nothing about and offered further insight into worlds to which I new very little, all the while seeming to be very true to himself...

    I loved this book so much! Michael told his story in an unapologetic and truthful way. Reading his book was like talking to an old friend or someone that I can see myself being friends with. I love his love for the Queen Bey cause it's similar to my own. This is definitely one of my fa...

  • Tara
    Aug 12, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

    I am so happy for this author's success. I've followed him on social media for a few years, laughing and agreeing with his insights into pop culture, social issues and politics. Seeing his journey as writer and critic to now a book author is inspiring and wonderful. I laughed and frown...

    "Is it not an exercise in futility to place your faith in a belief system that doesn't completely believe in you?" This is a great and engaging read. Michael Arceneaux is funny, genuine, and open in this memoir about his experiences and growing up and how his faith has changed o...

    Probably a 3.5 for me. I thought it settled in to his voice after the first two chapters and I realized I?d never read anything from his perspective - gay black man from Texas raised as a Catholic. There?s a lot of talk about dating and while that was interesting I think I enjoyed ...

    Excellent, timely read. This is the first time I've read Arceneaux and I was delighted by his depth, honesty and humor. He gave insight into a world I knew nothing about and offered further insight into worlds to which I new very little, all the while seeming to be very true to himself...

    I loved this book so much! Michael told his story in an unapologetic and truthful way. Reading his book was like talking to an old friend or someone that I can see myself being friends with. I love his love for the Queen Bey cause it's similar to my own. This is definitely one of my fa...

    Rounding up a bit, but this was interesting! I honestly thought it was going to be a book of pop culture essays combined with growing up essays but really was a true coming of age journey, and from a perspective we don't get to hear from very often. ...

    I really liked this. A lot. Arceneaux's honesty and reality is beautiful and though I have not experienced anywhere close to the same life he has, I found myself identifying with most of what he had to say about the church, the southwest, Beyonce, politics, and dating. ...

  • Larry H
    Jul 26, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

  • Kevin
    Jul 27, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

  • Remi
    Aug 14, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

    I am so happy for this author's success. I've followed him on social media for a few years, laughing and agreeing with his insights into pop culture, social issues and politics. Seeing his journey as writer and critic to now a book author is inspiring and wonderful. I laughed and frown...

  • Semora Renee
    Jul 29, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

  • Tamara
    Jul 28, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

  • Lauren Murray
    Aug 08, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

  • Taryn Pierson
    Aug 01, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

  • Erik
    Aug 05, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

  • Erin
    May 26, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

  • Leah Weiser
    Aug 13, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

    I am so happy for this author's success. I've followed him on social media for a few years, laughing and agreeing with his insights into pop culture, social issues and politics. Seeing his journey as writer and critic to now a book author is inspiring and wonderful. I laughed and frown...

    "Is it not an exercise in futility to place your faith in a belief system that doesn't completely believe in you?" This is a great and engaging read. Michael Arceneaux is funny, genuine, and open in this memoir about his experiences and growing up and how his faith has changed o...

    Probably a 3.5 for me. I thought it settled in to his voice after the first two chapters and I realized I?d never read anything from his perspective - gay black man from Texas raised as a Catholic. There?s a lot of talk about dating and while that was interesting I think I enjoyed ...

    Excellent, timely read. This is the first time I've read Arceneaux and I was delighted by his depth, honesty and humor. He gave insight into a world I knew nothing about and offered further insight into worlds to which I new very little, all the while seeming to be very true to himself...

    I loved this book so much! Michael told his story in an unapologetic and truthful way. Reading his book was like talking to an old friend or someone that I can see myself being friends with. I love his love for the Queen Bey cause it's similar to my own. This is definitely one of my fa...

    Rounding up a bit, but this was interesting! I honestly thought it was going to be a book of pop culture essays combined with growing up essays but really was a true coming of age journey, and from a perspective we don't get to hear from very often. ...

  • Kayla Brunson
    May 09, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

  • Steven Voorhees
    Aug 10, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

  • Alix
    Aug 12, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

  • Valerie
    Jul 30, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

  • Crystal
    Aug 02, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

    I am so happy for this author's success. I've followed him on social media for a few years, laughing and agreeing with his insights into pop culture, social issues and politics. Seeing his journey as writer and critic to now a book author is inspiring and wonderful. I laughed and frown...

    "Is it not an exercise in futility to place your faith in a belief system that doesn't completely believe in you?" This is a great and engaging read. Michael Arceneaux is funny, genuine, and open in this memoir about his experiences and growing up and how his faith has changed o...

    Probably a 3.5 for me. I thought it settled in to his voice after the first two chapters and I realized I?d never read anything from his perspective - gay black man from Texas raised as a Catholic. There?s a lot of talk about dating and while that was interesting I think I enjoyed ...

    Excellent, timely read. This is the first time I've read Arceneaux and I was delighted by his depth, honesty and humor. He gave insight into a world I knew nothing about and offered further insight into worlds to which I new very little, all the while seeming to be very true to himself...

    I loved this book so much! Michael told his story in an unapologetic and truthful way. Reading his book was like talking to an old friend or someone that I can see myself being friends with. I love his love for the Queen Bey cause it's similar to my own. This is definitely one of my fa...

    Rounding up a bit, but this was interesting! I honestly thought it was going to be a book of pop culture essays combined with growing up essays but really was a true coming of age journey, and from a perspective we don't get to hear from very often. ...

    I really liked this. A lot. Arceneaux's honesty and reality is beautiful and though I have not experienced anywhere close to the same life he has, I found myself identifying with most of what he had to say about the church, the southwest, Beyonce, politics, and dating. ...

    This is a funny, honest and poignant memoir which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The author?s perspective is one I?m not familiar with, so I found this book incredibly informative and eye-opening. ...

    Loved this book! So poignant and funny. I wanted my friend to read half a page (about Beytheists) and she didn?t want to give it back. It is definitely worth your time. ...

    2.5 stars ...

  • Mara
    Jul 10, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

  • Crystal
    Jul 29, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

    I am so happy for this author's success. I've followed him on social media for a few years, laughing and agreeing with his insights into pop culture, social issues and politics. Seeing his journey as writer and critic to now a book author is inspiring and wonderful. I laughed and frown...

    "Is it not an exercise in futility to place your faith in a belief system that doesn't completely believe in you?" This is a great and engaging read. Michael Arceneaux is funny, genuine, and open in this memoir about his experiences and growing up and how his faith has changed o...

    Probably a 3.5 for me. I thought it settled in to his voice after the first two chapters and I realized I?d never read anything from his perspective - gay black man from Texas raised as a Catholic. There?s a lot of talk about dating and while that was interesting I think I enjoyed ...

    Excellent, timely read. This is the first time I've read Arceneaux and I was delighted by his depth, honesty and humor. He gave insight into a world I knew nothing about and offered further insight into worlds to which I new very little, all the while seeming to be very true to himself...

    I loved this book so much! Michael told his story in an unapologetic and truthful way. Reading his book was like talking to an old friend or someone that I can see myself being friends with. I love his love for the Queen Bey cause it's similar to my own. This is definitely one of my fa...

    Rounding up a bit, but this was interesting! I honestly thought it was going to be a book of pop culture essays combined with growing up essays but really was a true coming of age journey, and from a perspective we don't get to hear from very often. ...

    I really liked this. A lot. Arceneaux's honesty and reality is beautiful and though I have not experienced anywhere close to the same life he has, I found myself identifying with most of what he had to say about the church, the southwest, Beyonce, politics, and dating. ...

    This is a funny, honest and poignant memoir which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The author?s perspective is one I?m not familiar with, so I found this book incredibly informative and eye-opening. ...

    Loved this book! So poignant and funny. I wanted my friend to read half a page (about Beytheists) and she didn?t want to give it back. It is definitely worth your time. ...

    2.5 stars ...

    Honest, insightful, and absolutely hilarious ...

  • Alison
    Jul 31, 2018

    There are stories that simply demand to be told and Michael Arceneaux?s is one such story. In I Can?t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I?ve Put My Faith in Beyonc, Arceneaux writes from his life as a black gay man with an uncanny strength of conviction and...

    3.5 stars here. "It's often said that knowing who you are, or at the very least possessing a sneaking suspicion of such early in life, is a blessing. The people who share this sentiment need to write it on a piece of paper, ball it up, and then proceed to pour barbecue sauce all ove...

    I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyonc is a collection of essays written by Michael Arceneaux. Although Arceneaux is a seasoned writer, this is his first published book and it is filled with life experiences related to family, race,...

    Contender for fave memoir title of 2018 Although not familiar with the work of Michael Arceneaux, I was intrigued to explore this collection of memoir essays. Even though this book didn't have me rolling on the floor with belly laughs, I enjoyed the feel of the book. As if, Michae...

    Michael Arceneaux was raised Catholic, and he has spent much of his life trying to reconcile his identity as a gay man with the faith of his childhood. He?s also an incisive cultural commentator when it comes to issues of race and class. This is a person who thinks deeply, who has an...

    4/4.5 stars- The perspective of this memoir is one that I think is much needed and I would love to see more of: what does it look like to reckon with people and institutions that on some level don't want you, even when you have lingering love or affection from them? Michael Arceneaux g...

    Thank you Atria Books for providing me with a copy for an honest review. I haven?t read anything by Michael Arceneaux before, but when I heard he was from Houston like me and saw the title I knew I wanted to read it. This was compared toYou Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I ...

    ?Some parts of my life are sad, but I am not a sad spirit.? So reads a line from the epilogue to I Can?t Date Jesus, a touching, honest, and highly entertaining collection of reflections from Michael Arceneaux, one of my favorite culture writers. I completed this book quite quick...

    I really thought I was going to go through all of 2018 only reading books written by women, but Michael Arcenaux's debutI Can't Date Jesus sounded too intriguing to ignore. Despite not reading any of Arceneaux's work before, I really enjoyed reading his memoir essays. He's a big shot...

    Michael Arceneaux's inspiring and delightful debut collection of autobiographical essays about growing up black and gay in Texas is alternately hilarious and touching. "This book is about unlearning every damaging thing I've seen and heard about my identity and allowing myself the spac...

    This book was very well-written. Michael articulated his points well, and the parts about family, and relationships are universal. He makes me wish I visited Texas. And feeling ?seen? is something I believe everyone can relate to. And the idea of identity and wholeness separate fro...

    2.5/5 I think there's a great message here, but its a bit raunchy for what I was expecting to read. I appreciate Arceneaux's storytelling (such a compelling title), but not a huge fan of his voice as an author. ...

    It took me a while to enjoy the style of writing, but the stories are compelling and the themes throughout are important. ...

    In Michael Arceneaux's debut book "I Can't Date Jesus," he tackles topics ranging from dating to sex to family, race, and religion. In each instance, his conversations on these topics follow lines of thinking that are relevant to contemporary readers - queer and straight alike - and he...

    i thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it got better as it progressed. i found his style and voice to be very truthful, funny, engaging, and very personal. my favourite essays were "my lord and gyrator," "the pinkprint," "ill dial that number," and "i cant date jesus." to me, th...

    I recently listened to Michael Arceneaux's interview with Terry Gross on NPR's "Fresh Air." I caught the conversation in its middle (I think), and there Arceneaux opined his homosexuality was TOLERATED rather than ACCEPTED by his family. I immediately identified with both his experienc...

    Though I?ve never read any of the author?s previous work, I still wanted to try reading this and it was a very entertaining read. Michael?s style is very conversational, like he is just talking to us about all his feelings. His issues about his father?s abuse, his very religiou...

    Puttin' It Dine For The 713 Never would I thought I'd see a reference to Big Moe's "Barre Baby" in a major book publication and I almost shed a tear when I read it. As a proud Houstonian, all the references to this beloved city warmed my heart. Also, as a Beyonc fan since I first ...

    Michael Arceneaux's impressive repertoire includes writing for The Guardian, New York magazine, Essence, Rolling Stone, Teen Vogue, BuzzFeed, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Here he writes a funny and touching memoir about homophobia, family acceptance, his intolerant Chris...

    I am so happy for this author's success. I've followed him on social media for a few years, laughing and agreeing with his insights into pop culture, social issues and politics. Seeing his journey as writer and critic to now a book author is inspiring and wonderful. I laughed and frown...

    "Is it not an exercise in futility to place your faith in a belief system that doesn't completely believe in you?" This is a great and engaging read. Michael Arceneaux is funny, genuine, and open in this memoir about his experiences and growing up and how his faith has changed o...

    Probably a 3.5 for me. I thought it settled in to his voice after the first two chapters and I realized I?d never read anything from his perspective - gay black man from Texas raised as a Catholic. There?s a lot of talk about dating and while that was interesting I think I enjoyed ...

    Excellent, timely read. This is the first time I've read Arceneaux and I was delighted by his depth, honesty and humor. He gave insight into a world I knew nothing about and offered further insight into worlds to which I new very little, all the while seeming to be very true to himself...

    I loved this book so much! Michael told his story in an unapologetic and truthful way. Reading his book was like talking to an old friend or someone that I can see myself being friends with. I love his love for the Queen Bey cause it's similar to my own. This is definitely one of my fa...

    Rounding up a bit, but this was interesting! I honestly thought it was going to be a book of pop culture essays combined with growing up essays but really was a true coming of age journey, and from a perspective we don't get to hear from very often. ...

    I really liked this. A lot. Arceneaux's honesty and reality is beautiful and though I have not experienced anywhere close to the same life he has, I found myself identifying with most of what he had to say about the church, the southwest, Beyonce, politics, and dating. ...

    This is a funny, honest and poignant memoir which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. The author?s perspective is one I?m not familiar with, so I found this book incredibly informative and eye-opening. ...

    Loved this book! So poignant and funny. I wanted my friend to read half a page (about Beytheists) and she didn?t want to give it back. It is definitely worth your time. ...