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:257 pages pages

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

  • cat
    Aug 18, 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

  • 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

    I love love love this book. The music references the recovering catholicism the difficult maternal relationships. The authors experiences and his ability to intertwine the pop culture references with where he was in life are just too me to deal with. Apparently I am more of a gay black...

    The author has an original and confident voice and point of view. There?s a deceptive lightness to his tone that helps magnify some complex issues. I plan on assigning the book in my upcoming Gender, Sexuality, and Culture course ...

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

    More poignant than funny and enjoyable throughout. ...

    I?ll be curious to see what Michael Arceneaux writes in future. His writing is distinctive: it?s witty and honest, with such a precise voice I feel I could recognize his writing now, sans byline. I?ll admit, it took me a bit of time to warm to this book. It wasn?t the writi...

    This review contains spoilers. I am not sure where I first heard about this book, but I know that I immediately preordered it on my Kindle then promptly forgot about it. Michael Arceneaux was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts (Jade and XD-the Blackest show about nothing) and wh...

    Ah! This was so good! From the dedication (to stupid people, with a note to pay fast-food workers more) to the two quotes he chose before the start of the book (from Muhammed Ali and Fiona Apple) to the actual content, this was a great read. This reads like a perzine, so definitely pic...

    I CAN?T DATE JESUS is a series of essays/memoirs by Michael Arcenaux that reads like you?re at brunch w a friend sharing stories about life & society over mimosas. You know that close friend who simultaneously cracks you up & challenges you to see things you might have miss...

    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...

  • Lynne
    Sep 19, 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

    I love love love this book. The music references the recovering catholicism the difficult maternal relationships. The authors experiences and his ability to intertwine the pop culture references with where he was in life are just too me to deal with. Apparently I am more of a gay black...

    The author has an original and confident voice and point of view. There?s a deceptive lightness to his tone that helps magnify some complex issues. I plan on assigning the book in my upcoming Gender, Sexuality, and Culture course ...

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

    More poignant than funny and enjoyable throughout. ...

    I?ll be curious to see what Michael Arceneaux writes in future. His writing is distinctive: it?s witty and honest, with such a precise voice I feel I could recognize his writing now, sans byline. I?ll admit, it took me a bit of time to warm to this book. It wasn?t the writi...

    This review contains spoilers. I am not sure where I first heard about this book, but I know that I immediately preordered it on my Kindle then promptly forgot about it. Michael Arceneaux was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts (Jade and XD-the Blackest show about nothing) and wh...

    Ah! This was so good! From the dedication (to stupid people, with a note to pay fast-food workers more) to the two quotes he chose before the start of the book (from Muhammed Ali and Fiona Apple) to the actual content, this was a great read. This reads like a perzine, so definitely pic...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

  • Latiffany
    Aug 20, 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

    I love love love this book. The music references the recovering catholicism the difficult maternal relationships. The authors experiences and his ability to intertwine the pop culture references with where he was in life are just too me to deal with. Apparently I am more of a gay black...

    The author has an original and confident voice and point of view. There?s a deceptive lightness to his tone that helps magnify some complex issues. I plan on assigning the book in my upcoming Gender, Sexuality, and Culture course ...

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

    More poignant than funny and enjoyable throughout. ...

    I?ll be curious to see what Michael Arceneaux writes in future. His writing is distinctive: it?s witty and honest, with such a precise voice I feel I could recognize his writing now, sans byline. I?ll admit, it took me a bit of time to warm to this book. It wasn?t the writi...

    This review contains spoilers. I am not sure where I first heard about this book, but I know that I immediately preordered it on my Kindle then promptly forgot about it. Michael Arceneaux was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts (Jade and XD-the Blackest show about nothing) and wh...

  • Maureen
    Sep 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

    I love love love this book. The music references the recovering catholicism the difficult maternal relationships. The authors experiences and his ability to intertwine the pop culture references with where he was in life are just too me to deal with. Apparently I am more of a gay black...

    The author has an original and confident voice and point of view. There?s a deceptive lightness to his tone that helps magnify some complex issues. I plan on assigning the book in my upcoming Gender, Sexuality, and Culture course ...

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

    More poignant than funny and enjoyable throughout. ...

  • La
    Aug 20, 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

  • 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

  • Hannah
    Oct 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

  • Allison
    Sep 24, 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

    I love love love this book. The music references the recovering catholicism the difficult maternal relationships. The authors experiences and his ability to intertwine the pop culture references with where he was in life are just too me to deal with. Apparently I am more of a gay black...

    The author has an original and confident voice and point of view. There?s a deceptive lightness to his tone that helps magnify some complex issues. I plan on assigning the book in my upcoming Gender, Sexuality, and Culture course ...

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

    More poignant than funny and enjoyable throughout. ...

    I?ll be curious to see what Michael Arceneaux writes in future. His writing is distinctive: it?s witty and honest, with such a precise voice I feel I could recognize his writing now, sans byline. I?ll admit, it took me a bit of time to warm to this book. It wasn?t the writi...

    This review contains spoilers. I am not sure where I first heard about this book, but I know that I immediately preordered it on my Kindle then promptly forgot about it. Michael Arceneaux was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts (Jade and XD-the Blackest show about nothing) and wh...

    Ah! This was so good! From the dedication (to stupid people, with a note to pay fast-food workers more) to the two quotes he chose before the start of the book (from Muhammed Ali and Fiona Apple) to the actual content, this was a great read. This reads like a perzine, so definitely pic...

    I CAN?T DATE JESUS is a series of essays/memoirs by Michael Arcenaux that reads like you?re at brunch w a friend sharing stories about life & society over mimosas. You know that close friend who simultaneously cracks you up & challenges you to see things you might have miss...

  • BookOfCinz
    Aug 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

  • 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

  • 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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...

  • Gabriella
    Oct 03, 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

  • 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...

  • Vanessa
    Sep 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

    I love love love this book. The music references the recovering catholicism the difficult maternal relationships. The authors experiences and his ability to intertwine the pop culture references with where he was in life are just too me to deal with. Apparently I am more of a gay black...

  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    Oct 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

  • Erin
    Sep 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,...

    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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

  • 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 ...

  • Katie
    Sep 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

    I love love love this book. The music references the recovering catholicism the difficult maternal relationships. The authors experiences and his ability to intertwine the pop culture references with where he was in life are just too me to deal with. Apparently I am more of a gay black...

    The author has an original and confident voice and point of view. There?s a deceptive lightness to his tone that helps magnify some complex issues. I plan on assigning the book in my upcoming Gender, Sexuality, and Culture course ...

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

    More poignant than funny and enjoyable throughout. ...

    I?ll be curious to see what Michael Arceneaux writes in future. His writing is distinctive: it?s witty and honest, with such a precise voice I feel I could recognize his writing now, sans byline. I?ll admit, it took me a bit of time to warm to this book. It wasn?t the writi...

    This review contains spoilers. I am not sure where I first heard about this book, but I know that I immediately preordered it on my Kindle then promptly forgot about it. Michael Arceneaux was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts (Jade and XD-the Blackest show about nothing) and wh...

    Ah! This was so good! From the dedication (to stupid people, with a note to pay fast-food workers more) to the two quotes he chose before the start of the book (from Muhammed Ali and Fiona Apple) to the actual content, this was a great read. This reads like a perzine, so definitely pic...

    I CAN?T DATE JESUS is a series of essays/memoirs by Michael Arcenaux that reads like you?re at brunch w a friend sharing stories about life & society over mimosas. You know that close friend who simultaneously cracks you up & challenges you to see things you might have miss...

    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 was so excited when I finally got this book from the library. I listened to the audio version of the book, and I?m wondering if I may have enjoyed it more if I had read it. Don?t get me wrong, this was a very funny book, and there were a lot of times when I was literally laughing...

    I had read great reviews of this book, and enjoyed hearing Michael Arceneaux interviewed on several podcasts, so decided to check out this new collection as part of my ongoing dalliance with audiobooks. And I enjoyed his stories and perspective, but I think I would have enjoyed the who...

  • 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

    I love love love this book. The music references the recovering catholicism the difficult maternal relationships. The authors experiences and his ability to intertwine the pop culture references with where he was in life are just too me to deal with. Apparently I am more of a gay black...

    The author has an original and confident voice and point of view. There?s a deceptive lightness to his tone that helps magnify some complex issues. I plan on assigning the book in my upcoming Gender, Sexuality, and Culture course ...

    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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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...

  • Amanda
    Aug 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

    I love love love this book. The music references the recovering catholicism the difficult maternal relationships. The authors experiences and his ability to intertwine the pop culture references with where he was in life are just too me to deal with. Apparently I am more of a gay black...

    The author has an original and confident voice and point of view. There?s a deceptive lightness to his tone that helps magnify some complex issues. I plan on assigning the book in my upcoming Gender, Sexuality, and Culture course ...

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

    More poignant than funny and enjoyable throughout. ...

    I?ll be curious to see what Michael Arceneaux writes in future. His writing is distinctive: it?s witty and honest, with such a precise voice I feel I could recognize his writing now, sans byline. I?ll admit, it took me a bit of time to warm to this book. It wasn?t the writi...

    This review contains spoilers. I am not sure where I first heard about this book, but I know that I immediately preordered it on my Kindle then promptly forgot about it. Michael Arceneaux was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts (Jade and XD-the Blackest show about nothing) and wh...

    Ah! This was so good! From the dedication (to stupid people, with a note to pay fast-food workers more) to the two quotes he chose before the start of the book (from Muhammed Ali and Fiona Apple) to the actual content, this was a great read. This reads like a perzine, so definitely pic...

    I CAN?T DATE JESUS is a series of essays/memoirs by Michael Arcenaux that reads like you?re at brunch w a friend sharing stories about life & society over mimosas. You know that close friend who simultaneously cracks you up & challenges you to see things you might have miss...

    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 was so excited when I finally got this book from the library. I listened to the audio version of the book, and I?m wondering if I may have enjoyed it more if I had read it. Don?t get me wrong, this was a very funny book, and there were a lot of times when I was literally laughing...

  • Ashley
    Aug 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

    I love love love this book. The music references the recovering catholicism the difficult maternal relationships. The authors experiences and his ability to intertwine the pop culture references with where he was in life are just too me to deal with. Apparently I am more of a gay black...

    The author has an original and confident voice and point of view. There?s a deceptive lightness to his tone that helps magnify some complex issues. I plan on assigning the book in my upcoming Gender, Sexuality, and Culture course ...

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

    More poignant than funny and enjoyable throughout. ...

    I?ll be curious to see what Michael Arceneaux writes in future. His writing is distinctive: it?s witty and honest, with such a precise voice I feel I could recognize his writing now, sans byline. I?ll admit, it took me a bit of time to warm to this book. It wasn?t the writi...

  • 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

  • Jacqueline Ellis
    Aug 23, 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...

    You need not be black, gay, or a man to enjoy the keen observations noted in Michael Arceneaux's book. However, if you are either or all three of these attributes, the better the ride. In his memoir, he digs into the daily nuances, joys, and hypocrisies granted in one's life as tho...

    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...

    I love a book with a great title, even when it is a little blasphemous. I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race and other Reasons I've Put My Faith In Beyonc by Michael Arceneaux is a timely, relevant collection of essays that demands to be read. I was not familiar with Mich...

    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 love that he is telling the stories of his life - and I wanted to 5 star it for the fact that we NEED more black gay writers to tell the truths of their lives. Ultimately though, I just couldn't love the book even while I love the existence of the book. Conversational tone and tangen...

    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...

    This was really cute! Don?t take it too seriously, and you should have a fun time with this one. I?m trying to stay brief, so I?ll keep my introduction to a sentence: Michael Arceneaux is witty, wordy, and weary of the foolishness he?s encountered outside of his native Hous...

    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. ...

    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...

    So, I had an epiphany about essay collections. I think normally people treat them as something you can slowly work your way through, dipping in and out as you go, because they are separate and not one long story, the way fiction is. But I think they ~are~ like fiction in the sense that...

    This book was funny, relatable, and honest throughout. I love reading narrators with such a strong voice. I felt like Michael was in my head telling me his story. The chapters seems slightly disjointed towards the end, like he just had to let some political thoughts loose on paper, but...

    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...

    I LOVED this book. It?s equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking and I barreled through it all in one sitting. Michael has a way of telling a story that makes you feel like you?re talking to a friend, and not being talked at- or worse- reading a Very Important Serious Thing. Reading...

    I love love love this book. The music references the recovering catholicism the difficult maternal relationships. The authors experiences and his ability to intertwine the pop culture references with where he was in life are just too me to deal with. Apparently I am more of a gay black...

    The author has an original and confident voice and point of view. There?s a deceptive lightness to his tone that helps magnify some complex issues. I plan on assigning the book in my upcoming Gender, Sexuality, and Culture course ...