"It is very easy to read high profile books that have huge marketing campaigns, written by big name authors, but it is books like 'I Promise Not to Tell' that shape the people we become and the views we have towards others. I strongly recommend others to read this book." ~ Author J. James U.K.
"In the closing pages of I Promised Not to Tell by Cheryl B. Evans, the author says she wonders if she has made a mistake in publishing this book. Let me begin by assuring her the only mistake would have been to not publish it. I Promised Not to Tell is quite possibly one of the most important books to date on a very controversial and little understood social issue: transgenderism. I Promised Not to Tell will open a few more minds, clarify the myths and false hoods, and get more people talking openly about what being transgender really means. I loved I Promised Not to Tell. Couldn't put it down. Highly recommended reading." - Viga Boland for Readers Favorite 5 Stars!
"Evans' solidly constructed memoir recounts a story of self-rejection and self-acceptance that flows easily and will keep readers turning pages." - Publishers Weekly (BookLife)
"I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a Transgender Child is a non-fiction parenting memoir written by Cheryl B. Evans. I was highly impressed with Evans' story and found myself cheering on her and her husband as they supported their son through each step of his transition journey. Evans writes beautifully, and her accounts of Jordan's and their lives is authentic and moving. As I read it, I wished that every parent of a transgender child would be so supporting and willing to embrace what at first glance seems a strange and unlikely scenario. I'm hoping that I Promised Not to Tell will be an invaluable guide to those parents who find themselves in the same position that Evans and her husband did. Towards the end of her book, Evans discusses the beauty of loving and accepting others as they are, and her message is even more urgent in today's political climate where transgender individuals have been demonized and made to feel unwelcome. I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a Transgender Child is a bright light showing the way to acceptance through knowledge, understanding and love, and it's most highly recommended." Jack Magnus for Reader's Favorite - Five Stars!
"This is a must-read for every person who has a trans child or teen in their life. Explanations are clear and thoughtful. This gem of a book gives the reader insight into the lives of trans kids, trans teens, and their families in a way that will let you think, learn and support anybody on the wide spectrum of gender. The best book I have found so far." ~ Amazon.com reviewer
"Great book. I loved the mom perspective and the section on religion. Though it is written from her perspective, it is a good read for any parent, grandparent, relative or friend of the family. Read if you just want to know what it's like to raise a transgender child. Share the book with others so we can continue to educate. Make waves!!!" ~ Amazon.com reviewer
"This book is an important read...
It took me by the hand and walked me through the difficulties and misunderstood realities of transgenderism into a completely new understanding of what it means to be a transgender person in our world today. By the end of the book I felt like I'd become a part of the family. Their struggles and victories became very personal. It will challenge the way you think about others who are different from you. And it will invite and inspire you as its witness, to expand your knowledge & awareness, deepen your compassion, and exercise your own humanity." ~ Amazon.com reviewer
**2017 Red Ribbon Winner - Wishing Shelf Book Awards
When you have a baby girl you envision many things for her life, but becoming a boy is not one of them. This raw, powerful, and profoundly honest parenting memoir is a must read for anyone who would like to learn more about gender dysphoria and what it is like to be the parent of a transgender child.
I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a transgender child by Cheryl B. Evans follows her transgender child, Jordan, from birth through age eighteen. It is a deeply personal account of the steps this family took to keep their family together, to push forward and help Jordan become the healthy and happy young man he is today. Each step of Jordan's transition from female to male is documented as it delves deeply into the social, emotional and surgical side of the transgender journey. The underlying thread of this story is love; the consistent and unwavering love these parents have for their children and the steps they took to protect their family.
You will hear from Jordan as he expresses his own thoughts on what being transgender means to him and follow along as he and his mother fight for transgender rights. I Promised Not to Tell is an inspirational book about survival and love that transitions beautifully between the family's own story and some of the larger issues that face the transgender community today.
If you are a transgender person, this book would be an excellent way to introduce the topic to parents and loved ones. Coming out can be a scary time and this book may help make your experience a little easier. Perhaps it can pave the way to acceptance and understanding.
An unforgettable LGBT true story everyone should read because a person's gender identity is an important human rights issue that everyone should understand. Honest, moving and well written, you will not be disappointed.
Grab your copy now because this is a transgender story you won't want to miss!