Prayers for Bobby - Leroy Aarons

Prayers for Bobby

By Leroy Aarons

  • Release Date: 2009-08-25
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 5
From 46 Ratings


Bobby Griffith was an all-American boy ...and he was gay. Faced with an irresolvable conflict-for both his family and his religion taught him that being gay was "wrong"-Bobby chose to take his own life.
Prayers for Bobby, nominated for a 1996 Lambda Literary Award, is the story of the emotional journey that led Bobby to this tragic conclusion. But it is also the story of Bobby's mother, a fearful churchgoer who first prayed that her son would be "healed," then anguished over his suicide, and ultimately transformed herself into a national crusader for gay and lesbian youth.

As told through Bobby's poignant journal entries and his mother's reminiscences, Prayers for Bobby is at once a moving personal story, a true profile in courage, and a call to arms to parents everywhere.


  • Perfect

    By CatherineFAJ
    I saw the movie, and this was just perfect. I have no words to explain this except that it was perfection, and that it was a tragic loss of a young & budding life.
  • A must read for everyone!

    By aeagle1977
    This book should be required to read in school these days. It is a truly amazing story that would help with so many issues that our youth are going through today. A MUST read!!!!! Parents don't be afraid to pick it up, for you may have a "Bobby" at home and one day it could be too late.
  • Heartbreaking story

    By Rudy_Chasal
    The movie's great but, where is it? I'd like to buy it.
  • Prayers for bobby<3

    By EatShitAndCry
    Luv the book and the movie (which itunes seems to have deleted), ABSOLUTELY AMAZING :O spellbinding and a terrible tragedy (i cried the entire time!!)<3 A MUST BUY! and A MUST READ FOR ALL GAY PEOPLE<3
  • Movie?!

    By BettyWhiteFan!!
    Alright, can anyone tell me if Itunes deleted the movie on here? I had it in my library and now its gone, I know I'm not crazy, but I am just making sure. Thanks. But I do love Prayers for Bobby, its such an emotional story with a lot of heart!!
  • A emotional journey for a mom who's gay son commits suicide

    By Porfie JR
    This book PRAYERS FOR BOBBY is about a a young adult named Bobby Griffith who was an all american guy, but who also happened to be gay, and his mother who has to come to terms with the suicide of her gay son. In this book you see how Bobby faced with the pressure of his family and his religion telling him it is wrong to be gay. You will also read many bone chilling excerpts of Bobbys most personal thoughts straight out of his journal, which shows how much Bobby had been going through from the fight with his religious beliefs to selling himself on the streets as a SUBSTITUTE FOR LOVE. There seems like no other answer and soon the pressure is to much to take and Bobby decides to take his own life. Bobbys mom Mary Griffith who was fearful of her sons sexuality and who was a churchgoer used to pray her son would be healed from this sickness, but once her son dies she decided to transform her life by being a national crusador for gay and lesbian youth. This book realy touched my heart and soul because when I was 10 I lost my uncle who was 20 to suicide. We were very close my uncle was NOT gay, but suicide became something I had no choice but to learn at an early age. This book was a life changing book for me as it made me confront many of my own issues I had to face growing up as a teen and now in to my early twenties. PRAYERS FOR BOBBY is one of those books that inspire you to be better and to not judge others by there sexual preferences, as it is such a small part of ones self. I say if you have not read this book you really need to. This book is sad, but yet one of the most inspirational true stories I have ever read, but this is about real life and real life does not always have the storybook happy ending!