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A Complicated Love – lessons from a road trip

A straight father, a gay son and lessons from a road trip

What happens when a father hears that his son is gay and begins to confront his own demons about homosexuality? What happens when the father and the son go on a road trip, each with his own agenda, and they place an audio recorder on the dash of the van?

A Complicated Love is the result of those conversations and coming out as a parent – tense, tearful, painful and cathartic. It’s about the fears, taboos and judgments that the author had, as he was eventually compelled to come out on behalf of his son – authentically, from religion and as a parent.

Accolades for A Complicated Love

A Complicated Love“When this book arrived I was determined not to open the package until I finished the reading I needed to do for my book club. However, over breakfast I found myself poking at the package, until eventually it just fell into my hands – what a beautiful cover! Then ignoring my own promise to just read the preface, I soon found myself totally absorbed by A Complicated Love. What makes this story so compelling and engaging is the intimacy and honesty with which both father and son engage in the dialogue. The beauty of this book is that the author allows himself to be vulnerable, not only with his son, but with his audience. A good read for anyone who has ever been challenged by the pain of personal growth.”
Nijole Kuzmickas
TV Producer/Director

A Complicated Love“It’s one thing to advocate for authentic conversation in the workplace, quite another to try practicing it with a son on a topic as tough as sexuality. When speaker, life coach and photographer Dene Rossouw’s son reveals to his father that he is gay, it leaves more than a few questions, doubts and fears that need talking through. Realizing that emails and telephone talk are not getting to the heart of the matter, father and son take to the road on a five-day driving tour de Maritimes. Together, they cover a lot of ground. A Complicated Love is a courageous conversation, captured in print. It’s raw, real and not always an easy ride. It’s also a profoundly reassuring example of how communication can bridge great divides and reconnect people who truly care enough to ask, and listen.”
Victoria Miles
Author

Contact Dene to speak at your next event

A Complicated Love – a straight father, a gay son and lessons from a road trip is a true story about my relationship and the road trip conversations I had with Jared, my son. You will be exposed to the fears, taboos and judgments that I had about gay people and the steps I took to understand and engage with him.

Free audio – track 1 of the road trip

A Complicated Love by DeneRossouw

Listen to a true story of engagement about my relationship with my son Jared and the conversations we had while on a 5-day road trip through Nova Scotia, Canada.
This is track 1 of 20 tracks. The complete audio book is available on Audible.com

A Complicated Love

Softcover & Kindle version

Read about a personal and true story of engagement about Dene’s relationship with his son [who happens to be gay] and the conversations he had with him on a road trip through Nova Scotia.
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A Complicated Love – audio book

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A Complicated Love is the result of tense, painful and cathartic conversations that the author had with his gay son on a road trip through Nova Scotia, Canada. It’s about the fears, taboos, and judgments that the author had, as he was eventually compelled to come out on behalf of his son – authentically, from religion and as a parent.

A Complicated Love

A Complicated Love is a true story about my relationship and the road trip conversations I had with Jared, my son. You will be exposed to the fears, taboos and judgments that I had about gay people and the steps I took to understand and engage with him. I hope the book will inspire you to create your own path towards engaging meaningfully with your daughter or son who happens to be gay or straight.

More Accolades

Index of chapters

Book reviews

Accolades - audio

Open letter - Trinity Western University exposé

Advocates for same-sex acceptance

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