Fresh Memoir Depicts a Mother’s Path to Embrace Her LGBTQ Children and Distance Herself from a High-Demand Faith

In “Embracing Authenticity: A Mother’s Journey Through Religion, LGBTQ Support, and Family Crisis,” Lisa Hoelzer details a tumultuous period in her family’s life when her children’s needs clashed with the teachings of her lifelong faith. Raised within a rigid, high-demand religion that dictated every facet of their existence, Lisa and her husband believed adhering to these principles would bring happiness and unity.

However, as their children matured, the family dynamic began to shift. The teenagers questioned the church’s doctrines, particularly those opposing LGBTQ+ identities. Simultaneously, two of their children battled mental health challenges. Over time, Lisa’s minor reservations about the church transformed into substantial objections.

In the fall of 2020, a transformative crisis prompted Lisa to reevaluate her personal and religious priorities. “Embracing Authenticity” chronicles her journey of releasing her deeply ingrained vision of the future, instead embracing the present reality. The memoir provides practical steps for families grappling with seemingly unsolvable dilemmas, all presented in a positive, optimistic manner that underscores a mother’s unwavering love.

Join Lisa as she delves into her faith, uncovers her children’s authentic identities, and makes a life-altering decision. “Embracing Authenticity: A Mother’s Journey Through Religion, LGBTQ Support, and Family Crisis” (available in paperback for $11.99, spanning 268 pages, ISBN: 979-8-9888225-0-9) is slated for release on October 16, 2023, and can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and major retailers.

About the Author:

Lisa Hoelzer approached her role as a stay-at-home mother to her four children with dedication. Her pursuit of knowledge and self-improvement led her to formulate her unique parenting approach, detailed at With academic achievements including a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s in social work, Lisa also shares insights on mind management through her Medium writing. Residing with her family in Provo, Utah, she embodies the principles she advocates.

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